The goals of the developing Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP) at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center are to determine environmental factors and lifestyle choices that influence each patient’s susceptibility to developing cancer by utilizing state-of-the-art technology for genetic testing, identifying biomarkers for cancer, developing treatment for cancer prevention and providing counseling for nutrition and tobacco cessation. The program is organized along four major themes:
- Symptom management - Researchers will address effective management of symptoms through development of an individualized treatment and care plan for each patient.
- Reduction of disease complications - Treatment plans personalized for each patient will reduce complications associated with cancer.
- Improved quality of life - Scientists will utilize methods of managing symptoms and reducing disease complications to provide cancer patients with improved levels of satisfaction with life.
- Survivorship - Issues researched in this area include fatigue, osteoporosis and neuropathy experienced by cancer survivors, and how these affect a survivor’s quality of life.
Ann M. Berger, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN