WSP 83 — Cancer Screening Essentials: What You Need to Know
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Nov 3
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 27
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Tristan Lerbs
10:00 am—4:00 pm
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
As we age, we are more likely to develop cancer. That’s why taking advantage of effective cancer screening techniques is vitally important. These screening techniques remain key to increasing our survival rates and longevity. But which screening methods exist for which cancers? And which are recommended? This workshop will guide you through some essential things you need to know, teaching you which cancer screenings are effective, and what makes a cancer screening meaningful and helpful. For example, if everyone took advantage of fairly straightforward screening methods for colorectal cancer, the odds of getting and succumbing to that disease would be greatly diminished. Meanwhile, screening for other cancers carries some risks (e.g., exposure to radiation), leading us to consider the risks and rewards of screening. Finally, we will have a look at how new screening methods for one of the most deadly cancers—pancreatic cancer—are now being developed at Stanford. By the end of this workshop, students will have a better understanding of the screening techniques they can use to reduce their cancer risk, how to balance benefits and risks, the new innovations in cancer screening, and how to make more effective health decisions overall.
Tristan Lerbs, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Pathology, Stanford School of MedicineTristan Lerbs was trained in general surgery and internal medicine. His research about colorectal and pancreatic cancer was published in peer-reviewed journals. Over the last eight years, he taught anatomy and embryology classes to more than 5,000 students. He received an MD from Heidelberg University, Germany.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.