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The clinical survivorship programs offered by the Lurie Cancer Center provide exceptional opportunities for multidisciplinary clinical and translational research and for transforming scientific discovery into precision and evidence-based cancer care.

At the Cancer Survivorship Institute, we work closely with our Population Science Programs' more than 35 faculty members to study environmental, biobehavioral, psychosocial and genetic factors in cancer survivorship. We research the psychosocial and physical effects on cancer survivors, their families and the community and behavioral interventions to improve patient-reported outcomes.

We also work closely with the Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control.

Browse our other research initiatives below:

Survivorship Clinical Trials

We frequently offer clinical trials that are specific to survivorship and supportive care. Visit our Clinical Trials page to learn more.

Lurie Screening Initiative

The Lurie Screening Initiative allows patients to complete brief online assessments of their fatigue, pain, physical function, depression, anxiety and psychosocial needs. Patient results immediately populate in their electronic health records. Providers are notified when severe symptoms appear, so they can make any necessary referrals and care decisions in real time. In addition to promoting high-quality cancer care, the Lurie Screening Initiative is allowing investigators to study how regular symptom assessments and systematic follow-up impact patient care and health outcomes.

Survivorship Care Planning Initiative

Patients who have completed primary cancer treatment receive Survivorship Care Plans with individualized information to promote optimal continuity of care and health outcomes. Investigators in the Survivorship Care Planning Institute use these plans to study their clinical impact on patient-reported outcomes.

Community-Engaged Research

Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, directs our community-engaged survivorship research and clinical initiatives. Dr. Simon's primary research interests are aimed at eliminating health disparities among low-income, medically underserved women throughout their lifetimes. 

Recent Presentations

Members of the Cancer Control and Survivorship Program presented on ongoing survivorship care initiatives at the inaugural Cancer Survivorship Symposium (February 16-17, 2018; Orlando) sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Kircher, S.M., Garcia, S.F., Slocum, M., Rutsohn, J.P., Fisher, A.P., Weldon, C.B., & Penedo, F.J. Piloting a screening tool in a breast survivorship clinic. 

Garcia, S.F., Kircher, S.M., Wortman, K., Kinahan, K.E., Fisher, A.P., Slocum, M., Weldon, C.B., Didwania, A., & Penedo F.J. Piloting a supportive oncology screener with adult survivors of childhood cancers.

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