Welcome to Decoding Cancer

The Val Skinner Foundation, the LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Rutgers School of Public Health and Discovery Education have joined forces to provide the high school community with cutting-edge resources designed to expand their understanding of the science of cancer and the biological, genetic, and emotional impact on the patient and loved ones. Welcome to Decoding Cancer.

Interactive Lessons

Powerful lessons that take students on a journey from general awareness of cancer, through the current ways we treat and can reduce the risk of cancer. Students will apply their knowledge of biology, expand their understanding of genetics, explore relationships between science and technology and learn about health-related careers.

There are five lessons, each designed for two, 45-minute class periods. Each lesson includes an interactive, student-facing presentation and a comprehensive teachers guide. Check each lesson out below:

Career Spotlight

When you think of careers around cancer, you more than likely immediately think of doctors or scientists working in a lab.  There are certainly careers in those two areas, but there are many others you and your students may not have thought about or even heard of.  We’ve broken these careers down into three categories and provided a profile showcasing everything from where you’d work, to how much you’d make and what education you’d need to have that career.

Coming Soon!

Coming soon you’ll find a Cancer Treatment Virtual Lab.  In this digital precision medicine lab, students will order tests and examine clinical features of cancers from patients, including gene expression in the cancer and appearance under the microscope, to advise on the best course of treatment.

Be sure to visit www.decodingcancer.org to find all the latest resources.


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