Research Programs

Cancer Prevention & Control

Cancer Prevention Lab Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) researchers are engaged in innovative and collaborative research with the potential to decrease cancer morbidity and mortality. CPC researchers are also involved in prevention and early detection of debilitating symptoms caused by cancer treatment while tailoring cancer treatment to individuals. The program’s themes focus on three crucial challenges across the cancer continuum: preventing the occurrence of cancer; increasing effectiveness and adherence to cancer screening; and identifying mechanisms of treatment-related neurotoxicities (neuropathy and cognitive dysfunction) while reducing symptom burden from cancer therapies.

Scientific goals: The scientific goals of the program are advanced by focused work in three themes:

Theme 1: Prevention (HPV and lung cancer)

Aim 1: Understand the transmission of HPV (e.g., modes of HPV transmission and vaccines) and reduce the incidence of HPV-related cancers through improving rates of vaccination and safe sexual practices.

Aim 2: Decrease the prevalence of tobacco use through smoking cessation, prevention of tobacco uptake, and reducing relapse through translation of evidence based tobacco reduction interventions to the community.

Theme 2: Early detection

Aim 1: Develop and implement risk-based and cost effective methods of delivering colorectal cancer screening.

Aim 2: Test translation and cost-effectiveness of tailored interventions to increase cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening.

Theme 3: Survivorship

Aim 1: Evaluate mechanisms, treatment, and prevention of chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicities, particularly peripheral neuropathy and cognitive dysfunction.

Aim 2: Detect and test interventions to alleviate symptom burden in cancer patients and their families.