Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD)

Faculty involved: Graham Colditz, Aimee James, Bettina Drake, Vetta Sanders Thompson

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PECaD focuses on strengthening capacity to reduce cancer disparities by working with community organizations, cancer survivors, clinicians, researchers and advocates to enhance education and awareness about cancer risk, prevention, community resources and care centers. We conduct quality-improvement initiatives and research at our medical center and in our community to understand and advance ideas that will eliminate disparities. PECaD works across the region, including the St. Louis metro area, East St. Louis and St. Clair County, IL, Southeast Missouri Bootheel region, and Southern and Central Illinois.

Learn more about PECaD on the Siteman Cancer Center website.

Select Publications:

Anwuri VV, Hall LE, Mathews K, Springer BC, Tappenden JR, Farria DM, Jackson S, Goodman MS, Eberlein TJ, Colditz GA. An Institutional Strategy to Increase Minority Recruitment to Therapeutic Trials. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Oct; 24 (10): 1797-1801. doi: 10.1007/s10552-013-0258-1. PubMed PMID: 23846282; PMCID: PMC3773025.

Drake BF, Boyd D, Carter K, Gehlert S, Thompson VS. Barriers and Strategies to
Participation in Tissue Research Among African-American Men. J Cancer Educ. 2017
Mar; 32 (1): 51-58. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0905-1. PubMed PMID: 26341221; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC4779426.

Komaie G, Ekenga CC, Sanders Thompson VL, Goodman MS. Increasing Community
Research Capacity to Address Health Disparities. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2017
Feb; 12 (1): 55-66. doi: 10.1177/1556264616687639. PubMed PMID: 28220721; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC5321619.

Connors SK, Goodman MS, Myckatyn T, Margenthaler J, Gehlert S. Breast
reconstruction after mastectomy at a comprehensive cancer center. Springerplus.
2016 Jul 2; 5 (1): 955. doi: 10.1186/s40064-016-2375-2. eCollection 2016. PubMed
PMID: 27429869; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4930439.

Noel L, Connors SK, Goodman MS, Gehlert S. Improving breast cancer services
for African-American women living in St. Louis. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015
Nov; 154 (1): 5-12. doi: 10.1007/s10549-015-3584-z. Epub 2015 Sep 26. PubMed PMID:
26409834; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4621693.