Cancer Detection, Treatment & Survivorship
Karen Kuntz, Sc.D.
Treatment outcomes and survivorship are increasingly critical components of cancer care as more patients with cancer are surviving. Cancer Detection, Treatment and Survivorship (CaDeTS) addresses a range of issues including initial care and care quality through treatment, survivorship, and survival. The development of a cancer center-wide program for outcomes and survivorship will add an important facet to existing therapeutic and research programs.
When fully implemented, CaDeTS will:
- Coordinate and support a core of transdisciplinary, intra- and inter-programmatic innovative research of high quality that will advance the field of cancer detection, outcomes and survivorship;
- provide patients with comprehensive and innovative clinical care care that recognizes the unique challenges of survivorship;
- create educational opportunities across the professional and patient cancer community;
- provide a career pathway for oncologists, health services researchers, epidemiologists, economists, social scientists, nurses, pharmacists and others who have a vested interest in improving the short- and long-term experience of cancer patients.
The CaDeTS research, while diverse, focuses on four programmatic areas:
- Enhancing cancer detection and access to cancer screening
- Understanding treatment outcomes of cancer patients
- Improving quality of life and functional outcomes of cancer patients
- Addressing health disparities in outcomes of care