For Healthcare Professionals


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Mini Medical School for the Public

UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public, a series of programs providing an opportunity to learn about health and the health sciences directly from UCSF faculty members and other nationally-recognized experts. Some patients, caregivers, and others may also find these interesting and informative.

Here is a sample of Mini Medical School cancer-related programs:

Frontiers in Cancer Diagnostics: Chipping Away at Cancer

All in the Family: Inherited Cancer Risk

Implications for Cancer and Diseases of Aging

Harnessing the Immune System for Cancer Treatment

The Med Ed Hour

Watch or listen online to The Med Ed Hour featuring a variety of medical programs aimed at physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who wish to expand their knowledge base, keep current on the latest research, and in some cases, earn Continuing Medical Education credit.

Here is a sample of cancer-related Med Ed Hour programs:

Vitamin D: Role in
Preventing Cancer

First Air Date: 6/3/2010


The Role of the Body’s
Natural Defenses in
Preventing and Treating Cancer

First Air Date: 3/29/2010

Health Professionals Educational Series on CAM Therapies in Integrative Medicine

Healthcare providers will learn about complementary therapies and healing practices in this informative series. We periodically update the research content on this site (the core descriptions remain current), but encourage users to seek the most recent clinical studies.” — from the University of Minnesota

EPEC™- O Self-Study

“EPEC™-O (Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology) is a comprehensive multimedia curriculum for health professionals caring for persons with cancer. This Self-Study section consists of 3 plenary sessions and 15 content modules that are part of the full curriculum that is available on CD-ROM.” Read More… 

Vitamin D & Cancer

Vitamin D and Cancer: A Review of Molecular Mechanisms presents a thorough clinical review, including several summary Powerpoint slides in the sidebar.

Abstract: The population-based association between low vitamin D status and increased cancer risk can be inconsistent, but it is now generally accepted. These relationships link low serum 25OHD (25-hydroxyvitamin D) levels to cancer, whereas cell-based studies show that the metabolite 1,25(OH)2D (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D) is a biologically active metabolite that works through vitamin D receptor to regulate gene transcription. In the present review we discuss the literature relevant to the molecular events that may account for the beneficial impact of vitamin D on cancer prevention or treatment. These data show that although vitamin D-induced growth arrest and apoptosis of tumour cells or their non-neoplastic progenitors are plausible mechanisms, other chemoprotective mechanisms are also worthy of consideration. These alternative mechanisms include enhancing DNA repair, antioxidant protection and immunomodulation. In addition, other cell targets, such as the stromal cells, endothelial cells and cells of the immune system, may be regulated by 1,25(OH)2D and contribute to vitamin D-mediated cancer prevention.

Patient-Doctor Communications

Controversies in Oncologist-Patient Communication: A Nuanced Approach to Autonomy, Culture, and Paternalism

Abstract: Difficult dialogues with patients facing life-changing decisions are an intrinsic part of oncologic practice and a major source of stress. Having a sophisticated approach to the concepts of autonomy, paternalism, and culture can help in addressing difficult dilemmas that arise around the issues of disclosure and decision making. This article addresses some of the most common major challenges in oncologist-patient communication with a nuanced approach to the concepts of autonomy, paternalism, and culture. It introduces the new concept of “voluntary diminished autonomy” and describes the implications this concept has for the consent process. It also attempts to bring clarity to common problems and misconceptions relating to culture, paternalism, and therapeutic privilege as these pertain to the communication practices of oncologists. Read more…


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