Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Prevention, Control, & Survivorship Program

Program Leader(s)

Description of the Program

The overall mission of the Cancer Prevention, Control, and Survivorship Program (CPCS) is to intervene across the cancer continuum (cancer prevention to survivorship) to reduce the incidence, promotion and progression of cancer, to minimize morbidity and mortality and optimize quality of life. The program includes high impact translational science; a focus on understanding and attenuating disparity in disease risk and outcomes; and the ability to access and affect unique populations in our catchment area and beyond.

The program is led by Drs. Michael Antoni and Erin Kobetz. Members represent multiple University departments and disciplines, including communications, education, engineering, epidemiology and public health sciences, microbiology/immunology, medical oncology, pediatrics, psychology, and psychiatry. The membership is balanced across basic, population and clinical research.

Goals of the Program

The objectives for the overall mission above fall into three themes associated with the areas of cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship:

  1. CANCER RISK IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES: Aims to identify the risk factors and risk conditions (e.g., genetic, behavioral, cultural, and environmental) associated with cancer onset and progression throughout South Florida.
  2. PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION IN THE MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED: Aims to develop and test interventions to reduce cancer risk and increase early detection among individuals and communities disenfranchised from the formal healthcare system.
  3. ADAPTATION TO CANCER TREATMENT AND SURVIVORSHIP ACROSS THE LIFE COURSE: Aims to conduct biobehavioral research aimed to understand and intervene on processes of adaptation to cancer treatment and survivorship across the life course.


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