HLT 123 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                           Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: First Year Studies, or any AAS program that requires a HLT/PED elective


Course Number and Title:           HLT 123, Understanding Cancer


Credit Hours:                       Hours/Wk Lecture:             Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



      I.        Catalog Description:         Explores the prevention, development, progression, and treatment of cancer. Discusses lifestyle risk factors and screening recommendations for specific cancers. Emphasizes healthy behaviors and coping strategies for cancer patients and their caregivers.


    II.        Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:   This course is offered as an alternative Health Course.   Its subject matter will be especially applicable to health and social science careers.


   III.        Required background:  The student should be eligible to enroll in ENG 111.


  IV.        Course Content:

a.    Cancer:  The disease process

b.    The Effect of Cancers on the body and psyche

c.    Risk Reduction: Screening & Risk Assessment

d.    Risk reduction: Nutrition & Activity

e.    Cancers by body site

f.     Oncology Treatment: Medical, Surgical and Radiation

g.    Oncology Treatment: Integrative Therapies

h.    Clinical Trials and Studies

i.      Managing Stress

j.      Survivorship begins at diagnosis

k.    Care Force for the Caregiver

l.      Navigating  for Your Health

m.   Assessing cancer burden and resources

n.    Cancer and Health Disparities

o.    Careers in the Oncology field

V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Identify the significant steps in the development of cancer known as the “Hallmarks of Cancer”

1.    Define the common terminology used in oncology

2.    Differentiate between the facts and the myths commonly associated with cancer

B.    Describe behaviors that are thought to alter the risk cancer.

C.   Describe the common signs and symptoms of cancer

D.   Differentiate the common screening tests(including genetic tests) and the specific guidelines according to the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force

E.   Identify the common diagnostic tests associated with a cancer diagnosis.

1.    Recite the treatment options typically associated with a cancer diagnosis

2.    Describe the basic goal of each treatment option.

F.    Explain the concept of cancer survivorship

a.    Describe the common issues of survivorship

b.    Describe the cancer type specific issues of the most common cancers

G.   Differentiate between clinical trials and standard treatment

a.    Read the Belmont report

b.    Explain the Informed consent process

c.    summarize the human subjects projection practices

H.   Recite the statistics of cancer burden

a.    Define the terms commonly used when describing cancer burden

I.      Perform a cancer needs assessment for a small community

J.    Utilize the statistics and assessment, describe the cancer disparities in the community

K.   Examine the careers available in the oncology field.

Students will be evaluated based on a combination of quizzes, participation and projects


         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Personal Development