Cancer Prevention, Control & Disparities

Studying how the findings of basic, epidemiologic and clinical research can be applied in real life.

Leader: Alfred I. Neugut, MD, PhD

The members of the Cancer Prevention, Control and Disparities Program are working to reduce the impact of cancer, through early detection, improved treatment, and improved quality of life. The beneficiaries of these strategies include cancer patients and survivors, their families, and the general public.

Activities in the program cover a wide range, from studies of how chronic digestive-tract inflammation affects the development of cancer to evaluating and improving the skills of family members in caring for older cancer survivors. Members also take advantage of the diverse New York City population to explore specific issues faced by various minority groups, for example working with Long Island University to explore the needs of Afro-Caribbean immigrants.

Program members also support the U.S. Department of Defense sponsored Breast Cancer Center of Excellence that studies why women of different races respond differently to breast cancer treatments, and in a large consortium, conduct phase-I and phase-II trials of chemoprevention strategies.