Oncology

Cancer is a leading cause of adult mortality across the world. It is a fascinating and exciting place to work. The Department of Oncology is part of the Medical Sciences Division at Oxford, the emphasis being on the word 'Sciences'. Our researchers come from across the UK and the World. They come from biology, chemistry, physics and maths. During the Oncology course you will meet men and women who do amazing work to improve tomorrow's cancer medicine.

Our course will begin by exploring what cancer is and how it works. We will look inside cells and understand how our people look for the right targets. How do they take the 20,000 gene complexity of a cell and figure out which changes drive cancer? How do we take aim at targets that will hurt cancer and not hurt the patient? How do we distinguish between mutations that are important for treating patients and mutations that are not? We will discover how to make sure that science done in the lab can change practice in the clinic. We will discover the power of medical imaging and the 21st century approaches to radiotherapy.  We will discover that a tumour is not just a tumour.  There is a modified environment surrounding the tumour, an environment that may need treating as well.