Fall 2017 Issue
Welcome to our Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) quarterly newsletter. The goal in producing this newsletter is to keep our members informed and involved. We are highlighting opportunities for collaborations, new funding opportunities, new grants and promotions, new personnel, and upcoming seminars and events. We always welcome your suggestions and contributions for future issues. 
Spotlight On
Jerod Stapleton, PhD , Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Population Science was awarded a National Cancer Institute R01 grant entitled, "Randomized Trial of a Social Media-Delivered Intervention Targeting Indoor Tanning Users." $2,409,326. Term: 2017 - 2022.

The purpose of the project is to implement and test an intervention designed to encourage indoor tanning cessation among high-risk tanners. The intervention is delivered via the social media site Facebook through the "secret group" feature. The intervention is unique in using persuasive techniques and content to reduce perceived pressure to be tan, reduce the value placed on tanning, and promote positive body image. The primary aim is to conduct a randomized controlled trial of the intervention in a sample of 400 young women engaged in high-risk tanning to assess the impact on their tanning behaviors 6 and 18 months following the intervention.

Co-Investigators include : Sharon Manne, PhD, Professor and Associate Director, Population Science, Pamela Ohman-Strickland PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Public Health, and Kathryn Greene, PhD , Professor, Department of Communication, Rutgers University.
Jennifer Tsui, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Population Science was awarded a Mentored Research Scholar Grant in Applied and Clinical Research (MRSG-17-099-01-CPHSPS) from the American Cancer Society to further explore health care delivery and care transitions for underserved cancer patients. The award supports investigators who are in the early stages of their career in becoming independent researchers as either clinician scientists or cancer control and prevention investigators. $729,000. Term: 2017 - 2022.

Despite evidence that vulnerable populations often receive poor quality care, few studies have focused on understanding the underlying health care processes that contribute to suboptimal cancer care or poor transitions between primary care and oncology care. To address this, Dr. Tsui, who is a resident research member in Rutgers Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program, is investigating health care organizational and delivery factors that impact transitions from primary care to specialty oncology care.

*Excerpt from cinj.org.

Click here to read more.
Primary Care Unable to Adequately Care for Cancer Survivors
Primary care medicine is currently not able to meet the health care needs of cancer survivors, despite a decade-long effort by the medical establishment to move long-term survivorship care out of the specialists' realm, according to a new Rutgers study. Published recently in  JAMA Internal Medicine, the  study  examined 12 advanced primary care practices selected from a national registry of workforce innovators. Not one had a comprehensive survivorship care program in place.

"This is troubling because these are highly innovative practices that have a national reputation," said study co-author Benjamin Crabtree, PhD , professor of family medicine and community health. "As more and more people survive cancer, there will not be enough oncologists to follow these patients and meet their health care needs." 

The researchers, who over two years spent 10 to 12 days observing each of the practices and interviewing clinicians and administrators, identified several barriers to integrating survivorship care into primary medicine. In addition to these issues, primary care physicians are concerned about their knowledge gaps in cancer care and the need to monitor changing information in oncology. 

Only by correcting these deficiencies, can comprehensive cancer survivorship services move to the forefront of primary care, the study states. "Seventy-five percent of survivors are seen in primary care," the authors write, "demonstrating a reliance on primary care to address their needs; however, those needs are currently not being met."

Read full story in Rutgers Today here
Recent Presentations/Events
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Grand Rounds Seminar
October 4, 2017

Jamie Studts, PhD , Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Director, Behavioral & Community-Based Research, Shared Resource Facility, Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center, Assistant Director, Cancer Prevention and Control Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center was invited to speak at the Rutgers Cancers Institute of New Jersey for the Grand Rounds Seminar. His talk was entitled, " “If You Build it, Will They Come? The Complex Case of Implementing Lung Cancer Screening
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Trainee Seminar Series
September 29, 2017

Adrienne Viola, MD/PhD, graduate student (Mentor: Dr. Devine), presented at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Trainee Seminar Series. Her discussion was entitled, " Problem-Solving Skills and Cancer-Related Communication Problems Among Teens with Cancer ."
 September 8, 2017

Michelle Doose , MPH, graduate fellow (Mentors: Drs. Bandera and Demissie) , presented at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Trainee Seminar Series. Her discussion was entitled, Exploring Factors Contributing to Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment.
2017 Tenth Annual AACR Meeting
Atlanta, GA, September 25-28, 2017
Elisa Bandera, MD, PhD , was an invited speaker and panelist in a plenary session at the AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. Her talk was entitled, "Obesity in breast and ovarian cancers: Racial/ethnic disparities."
Jennifer Tsui, PhD , MPH , spoke at the " hot topics" session at the AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. Her talk was entitled, "Primary care utilization, late-stage diagnosis and timeliness of treatment among Medicaid cancer patients: Early signals following the ACA expansion."
Bo Qin, PhD , Research Assistant II, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Population Science presented an abstract poster entitled, “ Validity of Self-Reported Weight, Height and Body Mass Index Among African American Breast Cancer Survivors: the Women’s Circle of Health Follow-Up Study” at the American Association for Cancer and Research (AACR) Health Disparities Conference.
Hannah Oh , ScD, MPH, Instructor of Medicine, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Population Science, presented a poster entitled, "Serum insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I and IGF binding protein-3 in relation to terminal duct lobular unit involution in Caucasian and African American women: The Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank" at the American Association for Cancer and Research (AACR) Health Disparities Conference.
Jennifer Tsui, PhD , MPH , presented a poster at the AACR Annual Meeting entitled, "Primary Care Utilization, Late-Stage Diagnosis, and Timeliness of Treatment among Medicaid Cancer Patients: Early Signals Following the ACA Expansion."
Drs. Elisa Bandera, Hannah Oh, and Bo Qin, AACR abstract poster presenters.
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Special Lecture
September 25, 2017

Anna Guiliano, Ph D , Founding Director, Center for Infection Research in Cancer H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute was the speaker for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Special Seminar on September 25, 2017. Her talk was entitled, "Prevention of HPV-Related Diseases in Men."
CPC Monthly Meeting
September 19, 2017

Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH, FACP , Professor and Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Medicine – RWJMS, Director, Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program, and Cristine Delnevo, PhD, MPH , Vice Dean, School of Public Health, Professor and Director, Center for Tobacco Studies, Rutgers University presented at the CPC Meeting held on September 19, 2017. The presentation was entitled, “Physicians’ Perception, Attitudes, and Communication of E-cigarettes (PACE).”
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Grand Rounds
September 13, 2017

Sean Morrison, MD , Vice-Chair, Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, ISMMS
Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was the speaker for the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Grand Rounds. His talk was entitled, "The Role of Modern Palliative Care in Cancer Care."
Dr. Crabtree Honored with Mentoring Award
Congratulations to Benjamin Crabtree, PhD , Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, who received the Norman H. Edelman, MD Clinical Science Mentoring Award at a faculty meeting earlier this month. An esteemed faculty member, Dr. Crabtree joined the department in 1999 as chief, division of research, a position he held until 2015. He also holds an appointment at the School of Public Health and has served as a leader of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Population Science Program and co-leader of its Cancer Prevention and Control Program. 

As a mentor, Dr. Crabtree has served as an advisor for six doctoral candidates and 14 postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members. These are in addition to the countless medical students, residents and colleagues he taught throughout the years in family medicine. Dr. Crabtree received numerous nominations for the Edelman Mentoring Award, each of which highlighted his willingness to commit his time and expertise, and share his vast network of colleagues to ultimately assist his mentees in facilitating their professional success. 

*Excerpt from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School "The Weekly View"
New Grants

Bonnie (Bo) Qin, PhD , Research Associate II, Population Science, was awarded the Cancer Disparities Research Network (CDRN) Early Career Cancer Health Disparities Travel Scholarship. $750. The grant was used for Bonnie’s travel to the 2017 Tenth Annual AACR Meeting in Atlanta GA. 
Past Presentations/Events
Rutgers Cancer Institute
Distinguished Lecture
June 28, 2017

Lawrence Shulman, MD , Deputy Director for Clinical Services, Director, Center for Global Cancer Medicine Professor of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania presented at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Grand Rounds on June 28, 2017. His talk was entitled, " Bringing Cancer Care to Low-Resource Settings: Lessons from Rwanda ." (No photo available.)
Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
New Orleans, LA, June 25-27, 2017

Jennifer Tsui, PhD, MPH, was invited to speak at an Oral Session at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting on "Disparities and Insurance Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act" Tsui et al. " Disparities in the financial burden of Cancer Care and Access to Cancer Treatment during the Early Affordable Care Act Implementation Period ."
Upcoming Events

Please join us at the next CPC Program meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 3:30 pm, CINJ, Auditorium A.  Presenter is  Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D, FAHA , Associate Professor of Nutritional Medicine, Department of Medicine, New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center
Institute of Human Nutrition, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University. Her talk is entitled, " Sleep: How a Sedentary Behavior Can Increase Obesity Risk."

Refreshments provided. 

Click  here  for full list of upcoming 2017 CPC meetings. Also, be on the lookout for the 2018 schedule.
Antoinette Stroup, PhD, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Rutgers Cancer Surveillance Unit at the New Jersey Department of Health and Jennifer Tsui, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Population Science will be speakers at the upcoming 2017 Breast Cancer Conference: Bridging the Gaps to Quality Breast Cancer Care, Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:30AM-2:00PM, hosted by the Susan G Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate

Click here for more info.
Save the Date

The 42nd Annual American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) Meeting, March 10-13, 2018 in New York City. Click here for more details.

Abstract deadline : November 20, 2017.
Brown Bag Trainee Series

In 2018 the CPC program will be organizing a Brown Bag Trainee Seminar Series a few times throughout the year for presentations from postdoctoral fellows. Schedule to be provided shortly. 

For further details, please contact Sarah Scharf  at (732) 235-6472.
More to know...
Dr. Elisa V. Bandera has been invited to serve as a committee member in the American Cancer Society's Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention and Survival which aims to update the current recommendations.
Treatment Advances Help Improve Childhood Cancer Survival in New Jersey

The latest in childhood cancer statistics in New Jersey show significant declines in mortality rates for white, black and Hispanic children from 1979 to 2013. State Cancer Registry Director Antoinette Stroup, PhD of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Pamela Agovino, MPH from the Cancer Surveillance Unit at the New Jersey Department of Health, say this improvement in survival can be attributed to treatment advances and participation in clinical trials. Click here for the Q&A.

 Excerpt from cinj.org .

It also aired on NJ101.5. Click here to read full article.
Rutgers Study Links Certain Hair Products to Breast Cancer

Adana Llanos, PhD , MPH, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health and her colleagues, analyzed data collected from the Women’s Circle of Health Study, which included 4,285 African American and Caucasian women with and without breast cancer, between ages of 20 and 75, recruited from the New York City metropolitan area and ten New Jersey Counties. They found that the use of dark shade hair dyes was associated with a 51 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer among African American women. Click here to read full article.

Excerpt from aspph.org.
Rutgers Study Analyzes News Coverage of E-Cigarettes in the Year
Before FDA Regulation

Olivia Wackowski, PhD, MPH, Rutgers School of Public Health study finds that articles discussing the need for and importance of FDA regulation dominated news stories about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in the year leading up to their inclusion under FDA regulation. These stories frequently discussed concerns about the use and appeal of e-cigarettes to youth. The study, published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research , analyzed e-cigarette discussion in popular print and online U.S. news sources. Click here to read full article.

Excerpt from aspph.org.
Rutgers Examines the Availability and Promotion of Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products Near High Schools in New Jersey

Rutgers School of Public Health study finds that tobacco point-of-sale advertisements and non-cigarette tobacco product availability (cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos, smokeless tobacco) in licensed tobacco retailers close to high schools in New Jersey, differs by student income level and race. Most of the research on tobacco marketing at the point of sale describes patterns and trends in cigarette promotion. However, youth are using non-cigarette tobacco products, such as cigars/cigarillos, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and smokeless tobacco at higher rates than traditional cigarettes. Click here to read full article.

Excerpt from aspph.org.
Rutgers PhD Student Explores Physicians’ Knowledge, Perceptions, and Communications on E-Cigarettes

Rutgers School of Public Health PhD candidate, Ms. Binu Singh , finds that despite the lack of studies on the cessation efficacy and long-term effects of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes), physicians are generally not discouraging patients from trying e-cigarettes as a cessation method or form of harm reduction, in the latest study published in the journal of Preventive Medicine Reports. Click here to read full article.

Excerpt from aspph.org.
World Trade Center Responders Might Face Greater Risk of HPV Throat and Tongue Cancer

Researchers at Rutgers University – investigating the causes of head and neck cancers in World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers – will take the lead in a study to determine whether the responders are at a greater risk for human papillomavirus (HPV)-related throat and tongue cancer because of their exposure to toxic dust and debris.

"If we find that the prevalence of HPV is higher in World Trade Center exposed rescue workers it could mean that they have an increased likelihood of infection with HPV or have less of an ability to be able to clear this common infection naturally,” said Judith Graber, PhD , assistant professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health. Click here to read full article.

Excerpt from Rutgers Today.

For a full list of recent manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations please visit the  CPC webpage
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