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.