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How Cancer is Studied

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In the How Cancer is Studied section we will move away from teaching basic biology and will now provide you with the information to help you better understand the research process itself, as well as the tools and technologies utilized. As depicted in the image below, work moves from the DNA level into cells, tissue, organs and finally into humans.

Image Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


This section is divided into the four generally recognized research fields (basic, translational, clinical and epidemiology). We will discuss them in enough depth so you will have a good working understanding of each field when you are finished. We will begin with some basic background information to help you understand how research is studied.



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