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American Cancer Society awards 143 research grants to investigators at 83 institutions nationwide
Date:4/24/2009

rief Supportive Therapy (BSP), a relatively unstructured psychotherapy that has shown some promise in depressed patients with cancer.

Health Professional Training Grants in Cancer Control

  • Wendy Landier, MSN, a doctoral student at the University of Hawai'i, will explore ways to improve adherence to oral maintenance chemotherapy in young patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Although overall survival with contemporary therapy now exceeds 80 percent, 5-year survival rates in some populations vary significantly, and pediatric patients who do not complete their treatment are at risk for relapse.

  • Daniel S. Reuland, M.D., MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is one of three primary care physicians who will receive time, training, and mentorship from senior researchers and faculty to strengthen research and teaching skills in the area of cancer control for Latino / Hispanic populations. In particular, he proposes to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate computer-based tool to deliver information about colon cancer screening.

  • Beverly Bagwell, MSW, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, will lead a team that will train an intern to deal with pediatric cancers and treatment regimens as well as the psychosocial impact of cancer and treatment on the child and family. The hospital is one of eleven sites that will receive funding to support the training of a master's student in oncology social work

Grant applications are ranked on the basis of merit by one of several discipline-specific Peer Review Committees, each of which includes 12 to 25 external scientific advisors or expert peers from around the country. The Council for Extramural Grants, a committee of senior scientists, recommends funding based on the relative merit of the applications, the amount of available funds, and the Society's objectives. No member of the American Cancer Society's Board of D
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
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