Course Identification

Clinical, molecular and therapeutic overviews of common types of cancer

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Prof. Yosef Yarden, Prof. Ayelet Erez, Dr. Talia Golan, Dr. Raanan Berger, Prof. Michal Lotem, Prof. Eli Pikarsky, Prof. Amir Sonnenblick, Dr. Jair Bar, Ms. Michal Mirela Avineri Goldstein
Naama Darzi

Course Schedule and Location

Second Semester
Tuesday, 10:15 - 12:00, Belfer, Botnar Auditorium

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

Life Sciences: Lecture; 2.00 points
Life Sciences (Systems Biology Track): Lecture; 2.00 points
Life Sciences (ExCLS Track): Elective; 2.00 points


Following introductory lectures, in each week we will run a 2-hour lecture by leading medical oncologists. Each lecture will introduce one type of cancer, including epidemiology, subtypes, diagnosis and prognosis, mutations and new treatments, including immunotherapy and targeted drugs.
Hybrid course





Language of Instruction


Attendance and participation

Required in at least 80% of the lectures

Grade Type

Numerical (out of 100)

Grade Breakdown (in %)


Evaluation Type


Scheduled date 1

Belfer, Botnar Auditorium

Scheduled date 2


Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)



The course will be delivered by medical oncologists who will share their knowledge and clinical experience. The first lectures will be devoted to basic terms, the hallmarks of cancer and cancer pathology, as well as cancer imaging. Next, we will cover the area of clinical trials: design, terminology, ethical aspects and evaluation of the results. The majority of lectures will be devoted to individual types of cancer, such as brain tumors and breast cancer. Each lecturer will provide the main disease facts such as histological and molecular subtypes, epidemiology and diagnosis. In addition, each presentation will address the current treatments and the burning open questions of relevant research.


Prof. Aron Popovtzer – 9/4 – An Introduction to Medical Oncology

Hadassah Medical Center

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Prof. Michal Lotem – 16/4 - Melanoma

Hadassah Medical Center

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Prof. Amir Sonnenblick – 30/4 - Breast Cancer

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center


Prof. Talia Golan – 7/5 -  Cancer of Pancreas

Sheba Pancreatic Cancer Center – SPCC


Prof. Eli Pikarsky – 21/5 - Pathology of Cancer

Hadassah Medical Centers

The Hebrew University Jerusalem


Prof. Uri Tabory – 28/5 - Hereditary

Head, Neuroonconcology program
Division of Haematology/Oncology

The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON, Canada


Dr. Shifra Ash – 4/6 - :  Pediatric solid tumor with a concentrating on Ewings and Neuroblastoma

Rambam Health Care Campus



Prof. Irit Ben Aharon, - 18/6 - Gastrointestinal Cancer

Rambam Health Care Campus

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology


Prof. Jair Bar – 25/6 - Lung Cancer

Institute of Oncology

The Chaim Sheba Medical Center


Prof. Raanan Berger – 2/7 - Prostate Cancer

Sackler Medical School at the Tel Aviv University


Prof. Pia Raanani  - 9/7 -Chronic Leukemias – from bedside to bench and back to bedside

Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University

Learning Outcomes

The students will be exposed to the clinical side of cancer research and decision making by clinicians. Along with this, the students will become familiar with the most prevalent types of cancer and the currently open questions of each disease. We will focus on epidemiology, molecular mechanisms and experimental therapeutics.

Reading List

Title: Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology 

Authors: DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg