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Survivor needs examined beyond specialized
Newswise — According to the National Cancer
Policy Board, it is estimated that by the
year 2050 there will be more cancer
survivors in the United States than those
newly diagnosed with the disease.
That is why researchers at The Cancer
Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) are taking a
closer look at the specific needs of cancer
survivors as they transition from specialty
care back to their primary care provider.
CINJ is a center of excellence of UMDNJ-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School.
A research study sponsored by the National
Cancer Institute, CINJ and the U.S.
Department of Defense will look at how
breast and prostate cancer survivors view
their medical needs as they no longer need
to be under the care of an oncologist and go
back to their regular family doctor,
internist or gynecologist for follow-up
Breast and prostate cancer survivors were
chosen as the focus of this trial, because
those groups represent the most common forms
of cancer in survivors and screenings such
as mammograms or blood work to see if the
cancer has returned are often performed in a
primary care setting.
Shawna V. Hudson, PhD, director of community
research at CINJ and assistant professor of
family medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School, is the lead investigator of
the trial: “There have only been a few
previous studies on this topic and the
cancer survivor population continues to
grow; therefore, it is critical to identify
patterns of care that are most optimal for
this group and to help them communicate
their needs to general healthcare
A selected group of 36 survivors will
undergo a 60 to 90 minute phone interview
and will be asked a number of questions
pertaining to how they view care from their
primary care physician in relation to
follow-up cancer care.
Data from this first phase will then be used
to develop a separate, self-conducted survey
of 15 to 20 minutes featuring similar, but
more specific questions targeted toward 720
While the entire study is expected to last
five years, participants will only take part
in their individual interview or
questionnaire just one time.
Those who are survivors of breast or
prostate cancer and are 30 years of age or
older are eligible to take part in the
study, although other criteria must be met.
The study will recruit patients who were
seen at CINJ and the Fox Chase Cancer Center
in Philadelphia, as well as the affiliated
network of hospitals for both institutions.
For more information on how to participate,
individuals should call CINJ’s Office of
Human Research Services at 732-235-8675.
As New Jersey’s only National Cancer
Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer
Center, CINJ provides patients with access
to treatment options not available at other
institutions within the state.
CINJ currently enrolls more than 1,000
patients on clinical trials, including
approximately 15 percent of all new adult
cancer patients and approximately 70 percent
of all pediatric cancer patients.
Enrollment in clinical trials nationwide is
fewer than five percent of all adult cancer
About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (www.cinj.org)
is the state’s first and only National
Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive
Cancer Center, and is dedicated to improving
the prevention, detection, treatment and
care of patients with cancer.
physician-scientists engage in translational
research, transforming their laboratory
discoveries into clinical practice quite
literally bringing research to life.
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is a
center of excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School. To support CINJ,
please call the Cancer Institute of New
Jersey Foundation at 1-888-333-CINJ.
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Network
is comprised of hospitals throughout the
state and provides a mechanism to rapidly
disseminate important discoveries into the
Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson
University Hospital. Affiliate Hospitals:
Bayshore Community Hospital, Carol G. Simon
Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial
Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at
Overlook Hospital, CentraState Healthcare
System, Cooper University Hospital*, Jersey
Shore University Medical Center, JFK Medical
Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert
Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton
(CINJ at Hamilton), Saint Peter’s University
Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Southern
Ocean County Hospital, The University
Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*,
and University Medical Center at Princeton.