Cancer survivorship conference highlights research for survivor care: Biennial conference aims to improve quality and length of life for cancer survivors

  • Posted: June 14, 2012
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More than 400 leading experts in cancer survivorship convened today for a conference, Cancer Survivorship Research: Translating Science to Care, to focus on such current concerns as how obesity might not have the same effects on all cancer survivors, and the substantial and increasing economic burden of cancer survivorship in the United States.

Since 2002, the Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference has brought together investigators and clinicians involved in cancer survivorship research. The conference is jointly sponsored by the American Cancer Society’s Behavioral Research Center, the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obesity continues to be a major public health concern, and the effects of obesity on cancer survivors specifically will be the focus of one session.  Population studies will be discussed that demonstrate that obesity might not have the same effects on all survivors, and new animal studies will be presented that are informing behavior change interventions for survivors who need them most. 

Experts also will explore resilience, or the ability to cope effectively with stress and adversity. Cancer survivorship research has attempted to document and design interventions to address the physical and psychosocial effects of cancer that can disrupt survivors’ health and well-being. This session will highlight recent scientific findings on resilience and growth after cancer and will present a psychosocial program to enhance resilience and well-being among cancer survivors.

The economic burden of cancer survivorship in the United States is substantial and is expected to increase significantly in the future.  One session, titled Economic Issues in Cancer Survivorship, will provide an overview of recent research in health care costs, employment patterns, health insurance, and access to health care in cancer survivors.  Leading scientists will identify research gaps and potentially modifiable issues for research and policy interventions to improve outcomes for cancer survivors and their families.

This year’s conference again includes a survivor advocate program, which provides travel scholarships for 20 advocates to attend the conference, to learn first-hand about key research in cancer survivorship and to interact with other advocate leaders and survivorship researchers. Program participants were selected on the basis of their research advocacy experience, the potential impact conference attendance would have on their future advocacy work, and the strength of their proposed use of tools from the conference for community education.

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About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit


About the National Cancer Institute

The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Act of 1971 broadened the scope and responsibilities of the NCI and created the National Cancer Program. The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.  For more information about cancer, please visit the NCI Web site at, or call NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).


About the Lance Armstrong Foundation

The Lance Armstrong Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation became a symbol of hope and inspiration to people throughout the world affected by cancer. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation provides free patient navigation services to survivors with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation is also a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people living with cancer today. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised nearly $500 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit


About the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money through prevention. Whether these threats are global or domestic, chronic or acute, curable or preventable, natural disaster or deliberate attack, CDC is the nation’s health protection agency.

Through the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, CDC is a national leader in developing, implementing, and promoting public health strategies that ease the cancer burden, through primary prevention, early detection, survivor support, and end-of-life care. CDC works with national cancer organizations, state health agencies, and other key groups to monitor cancer data and trends, conduct research and evaluation, build capacity through partnerships to develop strong cancer prevention and control programs, provide breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening to underserved populations, and develop communication campaigns and educational materials on cancer prevention for both health professionals and the public.  

For more information about CDC’s cancer prevention and control programs, visit the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Web site at:, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1 800-232-4636).

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