Ch 3: The Pathophysiology of Neoplasia Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Pathophysiology of Neoplasia chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach cancer basics in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Pathophysiology of Neoplasia chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Neoplasia basics and causes of cancer Benign, in situ, oncology, malignant, initiation, promotion, progression, radiation, toxins, asbestos, genes, smoking and chronic inflammation
Tuesday Cancer syndromes, genetic risk factors and cancer at the genome level Genetic syndromes, oncogenesis and viral oncogenesis
Wednesday Tumor suppressor genes and benign vs. malignant Retinoblastoma features, genetic cause, encapsulation, mitotic index, visual changes, metastasis, microscopic and macroscopic changes
Thursday Metastasis, cancer progression and tumor markers Staging, grading, diagnosis, primary vs. secondary growth, tissue function impairment, differentiation, tools used for diagnoses and indications of tumor markers
Friday Cancer's basic pathophysiology, general treatment strategies and thyroid cancer example Paraneoplastics syndrome, thrombosis, organ dysfunction, compression, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy

12 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Pathophysiology of Neoplasia Lesson Plans
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What is Neoplasia? - Definition, Types & Examples

1. What is Neoplasia? - Definition, Types & Examples

This lesson will discuss the concept of neoplasia. We'll specifically talk about the differences between benign tumors, carcinoma in situ, and malignant tumors. This lesson will also define metastasis and oncology and show examples of different types of malignant and benign tumors.

What Causes Cancer?

2. What Causes Cancer?

This lesson will discuss a model of cancer formation as well as some things that can cause cancer. You'll learn about initiation, promotion, and progression as well as what occurs during each step.

Cancer Syndromes & Genetic Risk Factors for Cancer

3. Cancer Syndromes & Genetic Risk Factors for Cancer

This lesson describes something called cancer syndrome or family cancer syndrome, as well as the important clues that can help it be detected and two examples of such a condition.

Cancer at the Level of the Genome

4. Cancer at the Level of the Genome

This lesson will delve into the genetic changes that may occur during cancer formation. You'll learn about proto-oncogenes, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, viral oncogenesis, p53, and more.

Tumor Suppressor Genes: Retinoblastoma Features, Genetic Cause & Treatment

5. Tumor Suppressor Genes: Retinoblastoma Features, Genetic Cause & Treatment

In this lesson, you'll learn about retinoblastoma, which is a rare childhood cancer of the retina. Retinoblastoma is often inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. Find out why retinoblastoma and other types of hereditary cancers are caused by dominant alleles by watching this lesson.

Benign vs. Malignant: Definition, Characteristics & Differences

6. Benign vs. Malignant: Definition, Characteristics & Differences

This lesson will talk about the common distinctions between malignant and benign tumors. We'll discuss how they may look or feel and how it is that they may look differently under the microscope as well.

Metastasis: How Cancer Spreads

7. Metastasis: How Cancer Spreads

This lesson will describe the concept of cancer spreading around the body, or metastasis, as well as why it may occur, how it occurs, why it may fail, and how your blood vessels play a critical role in this process.

The Progression of Cancer: Grading, Staging & Diagnosis

8. The Progression of Cancer: Grading, Staging & Diagnosis

This lesson will discuss the way by which cancer is diagnosed, graded, and staged. We'll talk about what staging and grading actually mean and how and why cancers may be high or low in grade.

What Are Tumor Markers? - Definition & Functions

9. What Are Tumor Markers? - Definition & Functions

This lesson will discuss the concept of tumor markers. You'll learn what they are, where they are found, and what they are used for. We'll also go into three specific and famous tumors markers known as PSA, CEA, and AFP.

The General Pathophysiology of Cancer

10. The General Pathophysiology of Cancer

This lesson seeks to tell you about how cancer impacts the body in a wide variety of ways both directly and indirectly. We'll discuss things like pressure atrophy, paraneoplastic syndromes, peritonitis, and many other things.

The General Treatment Strategies For Cancer

11. The General Treatment Strategies For Cancer

This lesson will describe the three traditional methods of treating cancer. These include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy as well as their potential uses, benefits, and side-effects. We'll also touch on other ways by which we can treat cancer.

Thyroid Cancer: An Example of Malignant Neoplasia

12. Thyroid Cancer: An Example of Malignant Neoplasia

This lesson will describe the composition and function of the thyroid gland. We'll go into which hormones it produces, what they do, and how they may play a role in thyroid cancer. We'll also discuss the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer.

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