Cancer Prevention and Control

At the Department of Oncological Sciences, our Cancer Prevention and Control Program focuses on research, education, and outreach.

Research

Our research program includes primary and joint faculty engaged in investigations to increase understanding of the role of psychological, social, and bio behavioral factors in preventing cancer and in controlling adverse conditions resulting from cancer and its treatment. The Program currently includes:

  • Participation in cancer screening and genetic testing
  • Lifestyle modification to reduce cancer risk
  • Biobehavioral factors in adjusting to cancer and its treatment
  • Long-term adjustment of cancer survivors and their families

Outreach

Our cancer outreach efforts are focused on increasing cancer knowledge and awareness, leading to increased screening as well as boosting participation of medically underserved  groups in cancer research.  This work has been focused on understanding cultural, interpersonal and organizational barriers to cancer screening as well as important association between health disparities and mortality and morbidity. These efforts aim to reduce cancer-related health disparities across genders and disease sites, while bringing cancer education and screening programs to medically underserved communities. These culturally targeted education programs include the Witness Project ® of Harlem and Esperanza y Vida®, both aimed at educating underserved men and women about breast and cervical cancer screenings as well as Witness CARES with a focus on colorectal cancer screening. Ms. Jandorf also directs a number of clinical initiatives, funded through the Division of Gastroenterology (Steven Itzkowitz, MD), exploring new, less invasive ways to screen for colorectal cancer. These include stool-based methodologies for both average risk individuals and those at higher risk due related to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease).

Contact the Department of Oncological Sciences at 212-659-5400 or oncsci.search@mssm.edu to help conduct an educational program or to volunteer.

The mission of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Research Program is to increase individuals’ psychological well-being and skills with the goal of improving their overall happiness and quality of life. Specifically, we seek to intervene at the critical stress points of cancer: diagnosis, treatment, to survivorship.

Learn more about the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program

Our work aims to reduce cancer-related health disparities across genders and disease sites, while bringing cancer education and screening programs to medically undeserved communities.

Learn more about the Research and Outreach Program