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General Oncology

Code: 44409
ECTS: 6.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Nada Oršolić - Lectures
Lecturers: prof. dr. sc. Nada Oršolić - Seminar
Take exam: Studomat
English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Students will be able to

1. To explain the main steps in the process of carcinogenesis
2. To explain the importance of oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes and environmental factors in the development and progression of tumors
3. Point to the main factors which influence metastatic spread of cancer cells to diferent target tissue
4 To explain the mechamisms of immune recognition and immune control of cancer growth and progression
5 To apply about a new possibilities in early detection, diagnosing, therapy and prevetion of various tissue-specific cancer
6. To evaluate the basic principles of immunotherapy of tumors

1. Tumor definition-malignant tumor-benign tumor-sporadic tumor-inherited (familiar) tumor
2. A process of carcinogenesis
3. Oncogenic viruses and viral carcinogenesis
4 Oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in tumor formation
5. Epidemiology of cancer and environmental factors in tumorigenesis
6. Genetic and epigenetic factors
7. Genetic, metabolic and immunological barriers in tumor progression
8. Cell-cycle regulation and apopptosis,Telomeres and telomerase activity
9. Neoangiogenesis, the growth and progression of tumors
10. Metastasis of tumor-metastatic cascade, Interactions of invasive tumors with the immune system
11. Burnet theory of immune surveillance and tumor incidence
12. Principles of immunotherapy-tumor biotherapy
13. Tumor classification and principles of clinical research
14. Modern methods of treatment of malignant tumors

Part of teaching-related seminars based on broad awareness of educational content, discussion of topics, clarifying and linking of data items, the recommendation of route of administration and reaching conclusions. The seminars were based on the following:
New approaches in the treatment of cancer
Chronic inflammation and cancer development
Genetic instability and cancer
Basic signaling pathways and cancer
telomeric length, telomeric proteins and genomic instability in carcinogenesis
DNA repair and survival of tumor cells
Tumor stem cells
UV radiation, inflammation and oxidative stress
Hormones and tumor
Natural carcinogens in food
Flavonoids and their anti-tumor effect
Oncolytic viruses and tumors
Epigenetic changes and tumor
  1. Boranić M. i sur. Karcinogeneza suvremena gledišta o podrijetlu malignih tumora. Medicinska naklada, Zagreb, 2000.

    Steven T. Rosen MD. The biology of sceletal metastasis, 2004, Culwer Academic Press Eds. Keller ET. And Chung WK.
  2. Knowles M, Selby P. Introduction to the cellular and molecular biology of cancer, Oxford Univ Press, Oxford, 2010
  3. Marko Turić, Krsto Kolarić , Damir Eljuga, Klinička onkokologija, Nakladni zavod Globus, 1996
1. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular study - Molecular Biology
Izborni predmeti - Regular module - Physiology and Immunobiology
Consultations schedule: