BM7045 - Cancer Pharmacology (2018/19)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2018/19|
|Module title||Cancer Pharmacology|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2018/19||
This module provides an advanced understanding of the pharmacodynamics of therapeutic agents in the treatment of cancer.
Prior learning requirements
The key aim of this module is to provide students with in depth analysis of how the key classes of anti-cancer drugs mediate their effects, including a consideration of aspects of drug discovery, pre-clinical and clinical trials, and possible future avenues of drug treatment.
• Drug discovery to clinical use – specific examples;
• the quest for selectivity;
• tumour targeting strategies;
• mechanism of action of specific antimetabolites, antitubulin agents, DNA-interactive agents, cell signalling inhibitors, hormonal agents, biological agents;
• drug resistance;
• personalised medicine and future therapies,
Learning and teaching
Students will be guided in their learning using a combination of private study (132 hours), interactive lectures (22 hours) and small group tutorials exploring realistic problems/case studies (22 hours). Preparation for assignments (24 h) will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge base and develop subject skills and competences. They will be able to assess and reflect upon their understanding of the material through the completion on-line quizzes.
On completion of this module students provide an evaluation of how the module enabled them to develop skills such as using information technology, team building, communication, time management, and working under pressure.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. distinguish between the main classes of anticancer drugs on the basis of their mechanism of action;
2. differentiate between the different ways in which drug resistance can arise;
3. discuss how future chemotherapy might look;
4. evaluate published relevant research material and put together a balanced review of a selected topic; relating to cancer chemotherapy, using up-to-date primary sources.
The module will be summatively assessed by the completion of a 2000 word essay on a selected relevant topic (40%), and by an end of module exam (60%) comprising short answer questions.
To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%.
Component Learning outcomes
Essay 2, 5
Exam 1,2,3, 4
Airley,R. (2009). Cancer Chemotherapy: Basic Science to the Clinic. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hill, R. and Rang, H. (2012). Drug Discovery and Development: Technology in Transition (2e). Churchill-Livingstone
Neidle, S. (2008). Cancer: Drug Design and Discovery. Academic Press.
Rang, H.P. et al. (2011). Rang and Dale's Pharmacology (7e). Churchill Livingstone.
Thurston, D.(2013). Chemistry and Pharmacology of Anticancer Drugs (2e). CRC.
Journals (E-Journals accessible via library).
Nature Reviews Cancer
British Journal of Pharmacology
British Journal of Cancer
European Journal of Cancer
Examples of Reviews
Aggarwal, B. Danda,D. and Gupta,S., Gehlot, P. (2009). Models for prevention and treatment of cancer: Problems vs promises. Biochemical Pharmacology, 78: 1083-1094.
Kohno,M., Tanimura,S. and Ozaki, K. (2011). Targeting the Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase Pathway in Cancer Therapy. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 34: 1781-1784.
Mandery,K. et al (2011). Interaction of innovative small molecule drugs used for cancer therapy with
drug transporters. British Journal of Pharmacology, 165: 345-362.