Scientific Focus: Cancer Prevention and Control Program
The overarching goal of the Cancer Prevention
and Control (CPC) Program of the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFBCCC) is scientific discovery across the cancer
continuum—from primary prevention to survivorship—which translates into
clinical, community, and policy strategies to improve cancer outcomes.
The Specific Aims of the CPC
Program are to:
Aim 1. Improve modifiable risk factors that will reduce cancer
incidence, morbidity, and mortality, with a strategic focus on tobacco control
and obesity. Research in this Aim focuses on the primary prevention
of tobacco use and addiction, including reducing the use of cigarettes and
other tobacco products among adolescents and young adults; improving cessation
by targeting populations at high risk of tobacco-induced morbidity and
mortality; and identifying and modifying obesity-related risk factors for
cancer, including nutritional opportunities for weight management and
Aim 2. Enhance survivorship outcomes, with a focus on quality of life,
incorporating patient-reported outcomes into survivorship care, and addressing
the symptoms and long-term effects of cancer treatment. This Aim incorporates research focused on psychosocial well-being of
survivors across the lifespan, integrating patient-reported outcomes into
survivorship care planning and post-treatment surveillance, and addressing
chemotherapy-induced cardiovascular damage among cancer survivors. As the
WFBCCC expands its precision oncology clinical research and services, the CPC
Program will prioritize research addressing patient perspectives,
decision-making, and outcomes in precision oncology.
Cross-cutting these Aims is a commitment to eliminating cancer-related disparities that arise due to socioeconomic status, geography and race and ethnicity.
Learn more about our Program members' research by visiting our Research Projects section.