• Prostate cancer-case controlled study of African-American versus white men, VA versus private sector
  • Quality of life and patient utility for veterans with prostate cancer

Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer among women veterans

Other Cancers

  • VA marrow transplantation: potential demand, resource use, effectiveness
  • Posttreatment management options for lung cancer patients
  • Evaluation of compliance in colorectal tumor postoperative screening
  • An evaluation of the risk factors for colon cancer and determination of follow-up intervals for screening
  • Teledermatology: Diagnosing dermatologic lesions by digital imaging
  • Comprehensive outcomes of nonmelanoma skin cancer

SOURCE: Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research and Development, Mary Jones, personal communication to Maria Hewitt, January 7, 1999.

Private Organizations Funding Research

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the largest non-government funder of cancer research in the United States ($93.4 million in 1996) (McGeary, 1999).

Intramural Research Programs

Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research. Assessment of the Quality of Treatment Data. The ACS in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons and three state cancer registries (Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana) is evaluating the completeness and quality of treatment data for patients with colon cancer. Different approaches to collecting data from both hospital and outpatient settings will be assessed with the aim of estimating the proportion of colon cancer patients who receive optimal treatment, given the stage of their disease at diagnosis. Data acquired in a more timely fashion could be used by clinicians, individual hospitals, and state health department officials as benchmarks to gauge the quality of care provided. Success in this feasibility study could lead to the study of other cancer sites in additional states. Funding for this feasibility study is less than $100,000 (P. Wingo, Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society, personal communication to Maria Hewitt, October 1998).

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