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Chapter: Appendix B: A New Agenda for Cancer Control Research: Report of the Cancer Control Review Group

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: A New Agenda for Cancer Control Research: Report of the Cancer Control Review Group." Institute of Medicine. 1999. The Unequal Burden of Cancer: An Assessment of NIH Research and Programs for Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6377.
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A New Agenda for Cancer Control Research: Report of the Cancer Control Review Group

In 1996, the director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and chair of the Board of Scientific Advisors convened a panel of experts "to review the scope of the NCI cancer control research program and to make recommendations regarding the pursuit of research opportunities most likely to accelerate reductions in the nation's cancer burden" (National Cancer Institute, 1997a, p. i). The panel's report, released in 1997, makes a number of recommendations: "To build even stronger cancer control research programs, the new Division of Cancer Control and Population Science should pursue the following goals" (National Cancer Institute, 1997a, p. ii):

  • Create a unite focused on basic behavioral and social research in cancer control.
  • Create a research focus in informatics and communication.
  • Establish programs that recognize the role of behavioral prevention across the life span.
  • Increase integration of and support for cancer screening research.
  • Create a research focus on rehabilitation and survivorship.
  • Establish research links to various health care delivery systems.
  • Expand cancer surveillance and produce a "cancer report card."
  • Maintain strong support of biometry and applied research within the new division.
  • Focus research efforts on underserved populations and those with a disproportionate cancer burden.
  • Expand training in cancer control research.
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: A New Agenda for Cancer Control Research: Report of the Cancer Control Review Group." Institute of Medicine. 1999. The Unequal Burden of Cancer: An Assessment of NIH Research and Programs for Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6377.
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We know more about cancer prevention, detection, and treatment than ever before--yet not all segments of the U.S. population have benefited to the fullest extent possible from these advances. Some ethnic minorities experience more cancer than the majority population, and poor people--no matter what their ethnicity--often lack access to adequate cancer care. This book provides an authoritative view of cancer as it is experienced by ethnic minorities and the medically underserved. It offers conclusions and recommendations in these areas:

  • Defining and understanding special populations, and improving the collection of cancer-related data.
  • Setting appropriate priorities for and increasing the effectiveness of specific National Institutes of Health (NIH) research programs, to ensure that special populations are represented in clinical trials.
  • Disseminating research results to health professionals serving these populations, with sensitivity to the issues of cancer survivorship.

The book provides background data on the nation's struggle against cancer, activities and expenditures of the NIH, and other relevant topics.

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