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Cancer Health Outcomes & Control Research Program

The Cancer Health Outcomes and Control Program conducts research aimed at reducing the burden of cancer across the entire cancer care continuum. The research efforts of this interdisciplinary, collaborative program center on the themes of: 

  • Prevention and Early Detection
  • Treatment-Related Outcomes
  • Survivorship and Palliative Care

RESEARCH THEMES

The Cancer Health Outcomes and Control Program aims to achieve the goal of reducing the cancer burden through:

Establishing and further developing population and community-based resources for research into prevention and short and long-term outcomes

Identifying environmental, sociobehavioral and genetic factors that affect short- and long-term outcomes

Understanding the scope of and developing interventions to prevent or ameliorate adverse long-term patient-centered outcomes following cancer diagnosis and treatment

Assessing the magnitude and determinants of disparities in cancer control and outcomes associated with age, race, gender, geography and other group characteristics and developing interventions to decrease such disparities

Meet the Program Members

Debra Friedman, M.D., David Penson, M.D., M.P.H., and Pierre Massion, M.D., co-lead the Cancer Health Outcomes and Control program. The program maintains close alliances with other cancer center programs, including population science partner program, Cancer Epidemiology, and the basic and clinical science programs. Extensive collaborations with community partners—including Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University, federally qualified community health centers and oncologists at affiliate institutions, and other academic centers—extend the program's impact in the community and foster multi-institution research.


Featured Publications

Program News

May 17, 2019

Technology better than tape measure for identifying lymphedema risk

Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is better than a tape measure for assessing a woman’s risk for developing lymphedema, painful swelling in the arm after breast cancer surgery, according to interim results of a recent study.
May 3, 2019

Therapy animals’ impact on children with cancer studied

Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, recently received a grant from nonprofit Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) for a pilot program investigating the health benefits of human-animal interactions (HAIs) in reducing suffering of children with cancer undergoing debilitating treatments.
April 4, 2019

Tool guides decision-making for prostate cancer patients

Prostate cancer patients in Nashville and Los Angeles are benefiting from a computer-based decision aid that implements the latest study results to tailor treatment options to an individual’s quality-of-life priorities.