Oncology and Cancer Biology Studies is a major program that focuses on the scientific study of carcinogens; the onset of malignancy in cells, tissues, blood, and organs; the genetics of cancer; the anatomy and physiology of cancer cells; and the study of cancer behaviors and treatments.
A major program in Oncology and Cancer Biology Studies will likely include courses in gene expression; oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes; viral genes and cancer proliferation; regulation of signal transduction; cancer proteins; hormonal and growth factors in cancer cells; tumor promotion, progression, and metastasis; carcinogen receptors and metabolism; carcinogen ecology; immunological targeting; and studies of genetic, chemical, radiologic and other treatment therapies.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Oncology and Cancer Biology Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Oncology and Cancer Biology Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Oncology and Cancer Biology Studies?
An advanced degree/doctorate in Oncology and Cancer Biology Studies is required where work as a physician or surgeon can be in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Clinical settings include physicians' offices and hospitals; nonclinical settings include government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and insurance companies. The path to becoming a doctor will require you to specialize in Oncology and Cancer Biology to practice as a physician.
In addition, a career path of an oncology nurse is an option with a registered nursing degree and study emphasis in cancer biology. As an oncology nurse, you will work with a multi-disciplinary team in a variety of settings – including clinics, hospital wards, transplant units, and community healthcare centers.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Oncology and Cancer Biology Studies:
Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Association for Physicians Assistants in Oncology
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- Oncology Nursing Society
Publications/Magazines in Oncology and Cancer Biology Studies?