Fermilab Education Home sciencelines Spring 2000

Cancer Education

The following educational resources are available for helping students better understand the disease that frightens and touches many of us, cancer. All of the resources are free of charge.

Cell Biology and Cancer, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Videodiscovery and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study produced this resource as part of the Curriculum Supplement Series for Grades: 9-12. An interactive CD-ROM and 90-page teacher's guide includes inquiry-based activities, background materials, glossaries, references and copy masters. Additional titles in the curriculum supplement series include: Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases and Human Genetic Variation.

Through the modules students will learn that cancer is a group of more than 100 diseases that develop over a multistep process. They'll learn that hereditary and environmental factors contribute to its development and explore which of these factors we can control. As consumers, students can explore the impact that products, product testing and advertisement have and whether we can trust the claims that are made by such products.

The accompanying CD-ROM includes animations to help students construct an understanding of how cancer develops. Historical observations about agents that cause cancer are part of the scenarios presented. A simulation to test several hypotheses about the development of cancer present tables for students to analyze data and construct hypotheses. Also, students role-play federal legislators as they identify reasons to support or oppose statutes to protect individuals against skin cancer.

For more details and to request a copy of the teacher's guide and CD contact: NIH Office of Science Education, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 5H01, Rockville, Maryland 20892; 301-402-2469; or request over the Web at http://science-education.nih.gov/nihhtml/colsupp/index.htm

Fermilab Neutron Therapy Facility,http://www-bd.fnal.gov/www/ntf/ntf_home.htm
This site has resources for lay people and physicians. Included clinical information and therapy are protocols as well as procedures for referring patients to the Netutron Therapy Facility. The site includes a pamphlet, Neturons Against Cancer which explains what radiation therapy is in general and neutron therapy specifically. The article discusses treatment results, side effects and the history of neutron therapy. The Website was last updated March 1, 1999.

From the Fermilab LInC Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects we feature the project written by Brian Wegley, Cancer Therapy and Physics, http://www-ed.fnal.gov/help/Wegley/CncPrjSm.html. This site shows how to engage students at the high school level in learning physics concepts and "applying the information to a new situation." Brian writes the scenario so a teacher can understand better their own role in such a project, how traditional teaching and learning may become more purposeful when a project is presented. The site includes rubrics for projects, presentations and student observations. This project links the topics of electricity and magnetism, the standard model of matter, wave phenomenon and cancer facts. Exemplary use of the Internet including searching for information that is current, relevant, and providing access to experts sparkes high school and middle school students to collaborate.Brian has included links to physics and cancer sites.

National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Service,http://cis.nci.nih.gov/
This site is written for individuals needing to locate current information in stories from the media, cancer fact sheets from NCI, screen and prevention information. An 800 number for English and Spanish voice assistance is: 1-800-4-CANCER.