Journal of Cancer Survivorship

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 55–62 | Cite as

Cancer research network: using integrated healthcare delivery systems as platforms for cancer survivorship research

  • Larissa Nekhlyudov
  • Sarah M. Greene
  • Jessica Chubak
  • Borsika Rabin
  • Leah Tuzzio
  • Sharon Rolnick
  • Terry S. Field
Review

Abstract

Introduction

Much progress has been made in cancer survivorship research, but there are still many unanswered questions that can and need to be addressed by collaborative research consortia.

Methods

Since 1999, the National Cancer Institute-funded HMO Cancer Research Network (CRN) has engaged in a wide variety of research focusing on cancer survivorship. With a focus on thematic topics in cancer survivorship, we describe how the CRN has contributed to research in cancer survivorship and the resources it offers for future collaborations.

Results

We identified the following areas of cancer survivorship research: surveillance for and predictors of recurrences, health care delivery and care coordination, health care utilization and costs, psychosocial outcomes, cancer communication and decision making, late effects of cancer and its treatment, use of and adherence to adjuvant therapies, and lifestyle and behavioral interventions following cancer treatment.

Conclusions

With over a decade of experience using cancer data in community-based settings, the CRN investigators and their collaborators are poised to generate evidence in cancer survivorship research.

Implications for Cancer Survivors

Collaborative research within these settings can improve the quality of care for cancer survivors within and beyond integrated health care delivery systems.

Keywords

Cancer survivorship Integrated health care systems Heath services research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larissa Nekhlyudov
    • 1
  • Sarah M. Greene
    • 2
  • Jessica Chubak
    • 2
    • 3
  • Borsika Rabin
    • 4
  • Leah Tuzzio
    • 2
  • Sharon Rolnick
    • 5
  • Terry S. Field
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Population MedicineHarvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care InstituteDepartment of MedicineHarvard Vanguard Medical AssociatesBostonUSA
  2. 2.Group HealthResearch InstituteSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of Washington School of Public HealthSeattleUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente ColoradoCRN Cancer Communication Research CenterDenverUSA
  5. 5.HealthPartners Research FoundationMinneapolisUSA
  6. 6.Meyers Primary Care Institute, Fallon Community Health PlanUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School, and Reliant Medical GroupWorcesterUSA

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