National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
November 13, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 22


National Cancer Advisory Board to Meet Later this Month

The National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) will meet November 28–30 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD.

The agenda will be available on the NCAB website soon, and the proceedings will be broadcast live online. An archived videocast will be available a few days after the meeting, which will be held in Building 31.

Videocasts of past meetings are available here.

NCI Workshop Will Address Scientific Priorities for Cancer Epidemiology

Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology workshop banner

NCI will hold a workshop December 12 and 13 to help develop scientific priorities for cancer epidemiology research in the next decade. NCI's Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) recently launched a strategic planning effort and is soliciting input on the major questions facing cancer epidemiology research.

Workshop panelists will include prominent cancer researchers, as well as leaders from other NIH institutes and centers. NCI leaders Drs. Robert Croyle, Barry Kramer, Debbie Winn, Stephen Chanock, Robert Hoover, and Patricia Hartge plan to attend. Dr. Michael Lauer, a division director at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, will also participate.

The workshop, "Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology: From Scientific Discoveries to Population Health Impact," will be held in Bethesda, MD. Those who cannot attend in person can view a videocast of the workshop and join a LinkedIn and Twitter chat. In preparation for the workshop, EGRP has blogged about topics related to the workshop sessions. Comments from researchers and other interested individuals are welcome.

CancerCare, NCI Seek Submissions for eHealth Video Challenge

Cancer patients, survivors, and their families and friends are invited to submit videos to the eHealth Video Challenge about how they are using information technology to better manage their cancer care, including their treatments and support. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology established the challenge to encourage the use of consumer e-health tools and other health information technologies.

Some examples of ways that patients are using health IT to be more engaged include

  • Using the web to learn more about a diagnosis and relevant treatment options;
  • Participating in an online community to connect with other patients and caregivers for support;
  • Tracking and managing care and side effects using a personal health record to track and manage care received and side effects; and
  • Using other electronic tools to determine the best treatment plans or to help manage medications, diet, or other activities to enhance cancer treatment, transitional care, and quality of life.

By participating in this challenge, people with cancer have an opportunity to inspire and motivate others with their stories. The project has the potential to improve patients' communication and collaboration with members of their health care teams and to help them better manage their cancer-related care.  

The deadline for submissions is December 12. Find more information about the challenge online, and read a blog about online cancer resources.

Cancer Research Network Scholars Program Accepting Applications

The Cancer Research Network (CRN) Scholars Program is accepting applications for the next round of training, which will begin in March 2013.

CRN is a consortium of nine nonprofit research centers based in health care delivery organizations that supports research at the population level. The CRN Scholars Program consists of 26 months of training that aims to help junior investigators develop research independence. Trainees will use CRN resources to conduct population-based, multisite, and multidisciplinary studies.

The program is open to junior investigators from academic institutions, cancer centers, and other research centers. Applications are due December 15.

The CRN fosters scientific and resource development in areas such as prevention and screening, epidemiology of cancer, prognosis and outcomes, health care quality and cost, communications and dissemination/implementation, and informatics. (More information can be found here.)

To learn more about the program and for application materials, visit the website or contact Program Coordinator Sarah McDonald or Program Co-Directors Drs. Diana Buist or Terry Field.

Quit Smoking with Mobile Resources from NCI

smartphone displaying NCI QuitPal app

NCI has added a new app to its collection of tools and resources to help people quit smoking. NCI QuitPal, a free app for iPhone or iPad, puts proven quit strategies and tools at smokers' fingertips, whenever they need them.

The app contains more than 10 interactive features that allow users to set a quit date and financial goals and to receive reminders. NCI QuitPal also 

  • Tracks daily smoking habits with an easy-to-use calendar;
  • Includes motivational reminders that coincide with progress;
  • Sends health milestones and craving tips;
  • Allows users to connect with social networks and view personalized video messages from loved ones; and
  • Makes it easy to access NCI's free Cancer Information Service by phone or live chat.

To download the app, search "NCI QuitPal" at the App Store or visit the website.

NCI has a number of other mobile resources to help people quit smoking, including SmokefreeTXT, SmokefreeTXT en Español, QuitSTART for teens, and the Quit Guide app.

NCI recently released the Quit Guide app for Android. Users who download the Quit Guide from Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes will get insight into what to expect and how to deal with problems that come up during the journey to becoming smokefree.