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Cancer survivorship

Translational research takes laboratory information and “translates” it into the clinical setting. The program’s current research focuses on identifying survivors at risk for medical problems, such as heart or hormonal disturbances. A major focus of the program is also directed at early diagnosis and intervention for survivors with psychosocial and neuropsychological concerns. The ultimate purpose of ongoing research is to develop successful interventions for survivors with late complications, as well as to design future cancer therapies that are not accompanied by the risk of late adverse effects.

Current Clinical Studies

Institutional

  • Development and utility of internet based software to improve medical care for childhood cancer survivors (Passport for Care)
  • Identification of genetic markers to help us predict development of obesity in survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Identifications of genetic markers in long term survivors of childhood cancer to predict development of damage in the heart due to therapy
  • Identifications of genetic markers in long term survivors of childhood cancer to predict development of early menopause and infertility due to therapy
  • Identification of genetic markers to help us predict development of learning problems in survivors of childhood brain tumors
  • Exploring reasons that are important for continuation of surveillance care in childhood cancer survivors
  • Describing the vocational and employment experiences of long term survivors of childhood cancer
  • Comparison of learning problems between brain tumor patients treated with proton beam radiation and conventional radiation
  • Exploring development of metabolic syndrome (obesity, high lipid levels, diabetes) in childhood cancer survivors

National

  • Development and utility of internet based software to improve medical care for childhood cancer survivors (Passport for Care)
  • Identification of genetic markers to help us predict development of second cancer diagnosis, heart attack, stroke and bone damage
  • Childhood Cancer Survivor Study – A cohort study describing multiple late effects in childhood cancer survivors