National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
September 20, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 18

Cancer.gov Update

NCI Recovery Act Website Highlights Training in Comparative Effectiveness Research

Screenshot of a story on NCI's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at NCI website

NCI's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) website features a new article highlighting how ARRA funding is creating opportunities for academic research institutions to train and build interdisciplinary teams of scholars to pursue comparative effectiveness research (CER). This area of research is of growing importance to public health, particularly oncology.

Although there have been remarkable advances in cancer detection and treatment, it is important to understand which screening, treatment, and management options may be most effective in specific patient populations. CER provides a relevant framework to assess the impact these options have in real-world settings.

The Recovery Act-funded KM1 CER Mentored Career Development Awards provide health care professionals pursuing CER with the tools and training necessary to improve the care and treatment of cancer patients.