Cancer Biology

Cancer Biology

Contact hours
On Demand

What is normal cell biology? Why do normal cells become cancer cells? How do new molecular therapies target cancer? Find answers to these questions and more while gaining a better understanding of cancer and its treatments. This concentrated, self-paced, learning experience covers the fundamentals of cancer biology and addresses cutting-edge information that, when applied, will dramatically affect your practice.

The course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for six months.

Cancer Biology Course Topics

  • Normal Cell Biology
  • Understanding Cell Biology
  • Molecular Targets

Oncology Nurse Orientation Bundle

Don't want to choose between courses? This course is included in the Oncology Nursing Orientation Bundle. Save when you purchase these courses together or you may also purchase individually.

You may also be interested in the ONS book Cancer Basics.

Expected Outcome

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate an increase in knowledge of cellular biology related to cancer and its treatment.

Target Audience

This course was designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses and others interested in gaining a fundamental understanding of cancer biology. Individuals who may benefit from this course include nurses and other healthcare professionals new to oncology practice, experienced nurses seeking review information, pharmaceutical sales representatives, nursing instructors, nursing students, and case managers.

ILNA Breakdown

Candidates may claim 6.3 CNE or ILNA points in any area of their choosing on the following blueprint areas: Scientific Basis/Diag and Staging, Disease Related Biology, Basic Concepts, Preparative Regimens, or Treatment. 

Candidates will not be able to place the 6.3 ILNA points under both categories as the number of points claimed cannot exceed the total CNE points for the offering.


Learning Objectives
  • Describe three parts of the cell anatomy.
  • List three normal functions of the cell.
  • Describe angiogenesis in normal cell functioning.
  • Explain how cell signaling affects normal cell function.
  • Describe how genetic mutations lead to malignant transformation.
  • Explain how cell signaling influences the cell cycle in a cancer cell.
  • Identify steps in angiogenesis and metastases.
  • Describe the common signal transduction pathways identified in the development of new therapeutic cancer agents.
  • Identify several therapeutic agents which have been approved to target the signal transduction pathways commonly associated with malignancy.
  • Apply the knowledge of these approved targeted therapies when caring for patients with cancer.

The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

ONS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2850.

Individual Pricing Options


Group purchases are available

 Registering for 10 or more people? Group discounts are available for this course.

To find out more, contact ONS customer service at or 866-257-4667, option 2. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm EST.

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