Survivorship Center: Grant Winners

The following scientists and clinicians are winners of the Chanel Endowment to Fund Survivorship Research and Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center grants.

Chanel Endowment to Fund Survivorship Research

An endowment from Chanel provides funding for well-designed, novel clinical and basic studies focused on medical aspects of cancer survivors. All applications are peer-reviewed for outstanding scientific merit by key leadership.

2013

Jennifer Brooks, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Project Title: CYP2D6 phenotype, tamoxifen treatment and risk of contralateral breast cancer in the WECARE study population

The objective of this study is to fully characterize the CYP2D6 phenotype and determine its impact on the association between tamoxifen and risk of CBC in the WECARE study population. This will provide crucial clinical information and a significant step toward developing personalized breast cancer treatment and surveillance strategies geared toward reducing the incidence of CBC.

Anthony F. Yu, MD, Cardiology Service, Department of Medicine

Project Title: A Phase 2 Trial of Carvedilol for the Prevention of Trastuzumab Induced Cardiac Dysfunction among Women with HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Using Myocardial Strain Imaging for Early Risk Stratification

This intervention trial is designed to investigate the effectiveness of carvedilol therapy at preventing the development of cardiotoxicity in breast cancer patients treated with trastuzumab who are identified as being at risk because of subclinical LV dysfunction by 2D speckle tracking, a novel echocardiographic modality.

Anthony F. Yu, MD, Cardiology Service, Department of Medicine

Project Title: Assessing Insulin Sensitivity and Diabetes Mellitus Risk in Neuroblastoma Survivors Treated with Abdominal Irradiation: A Pilot Study

This pilot study uses a single-institutional cohort of neuroblastoma survivors to ascertain mechanisms leading to diabetes mellitus in this high-risk population.

2011

Darren R. Feldman, MD, Genitourinary Oncology Service, Department of Medicine

Project Title: Investigation into the Mechanism of Cisplatin-Induced Cardiovascular Toxicity: A Study of Acute Changes in Endothelial Function Following Cisplatin-Based Chemotherapy in Men with Germ Cell Tumors (GCT)

This is a pilot longitudinal study testing changes in endothelial function among male germ cell tumor patients treated with cisplatin-based chemotherapy or surgery alone.

Shrujal S. Baxi, MD, MPH, Head and Neck Oncology Service, Department of Medicine

Project Title: Competing Causes of Mortality in Survivors of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

This study assesses long-term mortality rates and identifies predisposing risk factors for competing causes of mortality in survivors of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

2009

Victoria Blinder, MD, MSc, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Department of Medicine

Project Title: Ethnic Differences in the Impact of Breast Cancer on Employment Status, Financial Situation, and Quality of Life

This matched cohort study aims to identify and describe ethnic differences in employment status, financial situation, and quality of life after treatment for breast cancer, with the ultimate goal of developing interventions that may significantly improve the lives of breast cancer survivors.

Elizabeth Ryan, PhD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: Rehabilitation of Chemobrain in Breast Cancer Survivors

This study will investigate whether breast cancer survivors with demonstrated cognitive difficulties who have received chemotherapy can improve cognitive side effects through use of a five-week rehabilitation software training program.

2006

Tim Ahles, PhD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: Chemotherapy-Induced Cognitive Change and Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Damage in Breast Cancer Survivors

The primary objective of this project is to obtain preliminary data regarding the association between DNA damage associated with chemotherapy and cognitive dysfunction in breast cancer survivors.

Kevin Oeffinger, MD, Department of Pediatrics

Project Title: Abdominal Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Women Who Survived Leukemia Following Total Body Irradiation and Stem Cell Transplant

The long-term objective of the study is to reduce risk and prevent the development of insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, and premature cardiovascular disease in women who were treated with total body irradiation (TBI) followed by an allogeneic or autologous stem cell transplant. If the amount of visceral adipose tissue is increased in women who were treated with TBI, and if this outcome is associated with insulin resistance and dyslipidemia (as it in the general population), then targeted interventions will be designed to reduce that risk.

David Weinstock, MD, Bone Marrow Transplant Service, Infectious Diseases Service, Department of Medicine

Project Title: Assaying Risk for Secondary Leukemia Among Women Treated for Breast Cancer

This study proposes to evaluate a subset of women who develop acute myelogenous leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome (t-AML) after treatment for breast cancer to determine if they have identifiable defects in double-strand break repair that confer an increased predisposition to leukemogenesis. t-AML is believed to result from the misrepair of DNA double-strand breaks introduced by clastogenic chemotherapy and radiation.

 

Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

When the Survivorship Initiative was launched, the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center graciously funded a competitive grant process to encourage scientists and physicians across the Center to work collaboratively in order to identify and develop interventions to reduce the long-term effects of treatment on cancer survivors.

2004

Jennifer Ford, PhD, Department of Pediatrics; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: Development of a Computer-Assisted Survivor Screening for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility of a computer-assisted survivor screening for adult survivors of childhood cancer. Given the recognized need for routine psychological assessment and care for survivors, these responses will be used to tailor the assessment of heath status, depression, and psychological distress so appropriate interventions can be offered.

David Kissane, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: Quality of Life Issues in Head & Neck Cancer Survivors: Shame, Stigma, Demoralization, or Adaptation

The broad objective of this study is to assess quality of life and psychosocial adaptation in head and neck cancer patients undergoing treatment so that empirically informed interventions can be developed to improve the adaptation of these patients. It is known that these patients suffer significant functional, cosmetic, emotional, and guilt-related problems. Identification and measurement of the prevalence of these problems will improve understanding of these complex issues and lead to improved treatments.

Bruce Rapkin, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: Fostering the Development of Community-Based Networks of Cancer for Cancer Survivors: A Study of Service Capacities Among Health Care Agencies in New York

This study will examine the service-delivery system for support and care available for cancer survivors in the New York metropolitan area and identify referral patterns, gaps in service, and barriers to care within the delivery system. Working with the New York State Department of Health, results will be used to develop and enhance services for cancer survivors.

Charles Sklar, MD, Department of Pediatrics

Project Title: Disorders of Glucose Homeostasis in Young Adults Treated with Total Body Irradiation During Childhood: A Pilot Study

Endocrine sequelae are present in up to 40 percent of childhood cancer survivors, and numerous investigators have reported an increased risk of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome in patients who have undergone bone marrow/stem cell transplant. The aim of this study is to: 1) assess the prevalence of disorders of glucose homeostasis, including type-1 diabetes, insulin resistance, and type-2 diabetes in young adults treated with total body irradiation during childhood, and 2) determine the risk factors of such disorders, including patient characteristics, treatment variables and treatment complications.

Trudy Small, MD, Bone Marrow Transplant Service, Department of Clinical Laboratories

Project Title: Assessment of Vaccine Efficacy in Adult Survivors of Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

In order to assure that cancer survivors who have been treated with high-dose therapy with autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (autoHCT) are not vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease such as measles, influenza, hepatitis B, and antibiotic-resistant pneumococcus, this study will assess the ability of autoHCT recipients to respond to specific vaccinations and develop evidence-based recommendations for the timing and scheduling of revaccination post autoHCT.