Cancer care continuum graphic representing how community engagement research

The Cancer Control Continuum, also known as the Cancer Care Continuum, has been used since at least the mid-1970s to describe the various points from cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

The cancer control continuum is a useful framework on which to view plans, progress, and priorities. This model helps our faculty members identify research gaps, where we must collaborate with other clinicians and researchers, institutions, and community members to have an impact for patients. This also allows our faculty to understand where more resources may be needed.

View more information about the cancer care continuum through the National Cancer Institute.

Related projects

Explore how our research projects intersect with various points on the cancer continuum. Click on a point in the continuum to view related projects.

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View all projects related to the cancer care continuum below.

Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities: SCC-SIUSM Partnership

Faculty involved: Graham Colditz, Aimee James, Erin Linnenbringer, Mary Politi, Siobhan Sutcliffe

The partnership between The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center investigates rural cancer disparities and ways to help educate, train, and implement effective strategies to reduce the disparities seen in rural communities.

Building Capacity for Chronic Kidney Disease Research in Guatemala

Faculty involved: Joaquin Barnoya

In this study, Dr. Barnoya and colleagues hope to identify potential causes of chronic kidney disease in specific ethnic populations and geographical locations. Outcomes will help physicians understand ethnic disparities for chronic kidney disease patients, and improving prevention and screening interventions.

CER of Encounter Decision Aids for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Faculty involved: Mary Politi

As a co-investigator on the PCORI grant and PI of the subaward from Dartmouth College, Dr. Politi aims to support women of low socioeconomic status through early-stage breast cancer treatment decisions by providing patients with point-of-care decision aids.

Chronic Diseases Related to Obesity

Faculty involved: Su-Hsin Chang, Graham Colditz

The project will study obesity, the coexistence of obesity-related chronic diseases, and mortality in the United States in terms of life expectancy and lifetime healthcare.

Communicating Multiple Disease Risks

Faculty involved: Erika Waters

This study, Communicating Multiple Disease Risks: A Translation of Risk Prediction Science, translates epidemiological data about five major health consequences of insufficient physical activity into a visual display that conveys individualized risk estimates in a way that is understandable and meaningful to diverse lay audiences and motivates physical activity behavior.

Community Engagement in Research

Faculty involved: Mary Politi, Bettina Drake, Esther Lu, Aimee James, Jean Hunleth, Erika Waters, Vetta Sanders Thompson, Graham Colditz

This line of research strives to engage all members of the community throughout the research process to help navigate the healthcare process.

Community Outreach: Mobile Mammography Van

Faculty involved: Bettina Drake, Graham Colditz, Su-Hsin Chang

This project worked towards increasing and providing effective mammography screening for women in the St. Louis area.

Dietary Habits in Rural Guatemala Adolescent Women

Faculty involved: Joaquin Barnoya, Yikyung Park

This project addresses poor dietary and physical activity habits in rural Guatemalan adolescent women.

Disparities in Adherence to Adjuvant Therapy for DCIS and Outcomes

Faculty involved: Ying Liu

Ying Liu, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery, has received a three-year, research scholar grant from the American Cancer Society to study disparities associated wtih ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

Disparities in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Survival

Faculty involved: Yin Cao

Dr. Yin Cao received a Young Investigator Award from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. This two-year award will support Dr. Cao in her work addressing colorectal cancer survival disparities among patients diagnosed under age 50 through integrating patients, treatment, and tumor molecular characteristics.

Effect of Diabetes & Obesity on Disparities in Prostate Cancer Outcomes

Faculty involved: Bettina Drake

In this Department of Defense project, Dr. Drake and colleagues utilize a prostate cancer cohort from the VA hospitals to explore the association between obesity and prostate cancer recurrence, and its outcome on patient health.

Electronic cigarettes in Latin America

Faculty involved: Joaquin Barnoya

Electronic cigarettes, also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), are rapidly spreading around the world, including to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study will help understand the impacts of ENDS and the policies to regulate them. We will collaborate with the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project, which recently received a large grant to evaluate the impact of ENDS use and its regulations across high-income countries (i.e., Canada, England, US) with contrasting policies. The proposed project would collect original data in Mexico and Guatemala in order to integrate them into this effort. Read more.