The American Cancer Society funds research to benefit Hispanic cancer survivors and caregivers

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A University of Arizona health science researcher was one of only four recipients of a $4 million grant from the American Cancer Society to develop a “Center for Equity Research in Cancer Health” with the goal of improving health equity for Hispanic cancer survivors and family caregivers.

“We will develop and test interventions that can be integrated into clinical practice,” said the lead researcher. Terry Badger, Ph.D., RN, Eleanor Bauwens Endowed Chair and Professor at the UArizona College of Nursing and Fellow of the UArizona Cancer Center. “By examining health care utilization and many social determinants of health, we hope to find insights into how we can reduce health disparities and enable people to access the health care they need. need.

According to the American Cancer Society, which earmarked the funds for minority-serving institutions, the centers will implement solutions-based research that addresses cancer-related health disparities, which will help achieve health equity. health and reduce cancer mortality. The University of Arizona is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution by the United States Department of Education.

The UArizona Health Sciences researchers will focus on three areas: assessing the care and treatment needs of patients with kidney and liver cancer; assess the impact of diet and physical activity interventions on lifestyle behaviours; and symptom management and health care utilization in underserved rural and urban populations.

“Terry laid the groundwork and is a national leader in supportive care, research and training,” said Joann Sweasy, PhD, Nancy C. and Craig M. Berge Endowed Chair and Director of the UArizona Cancer Center. “She most deserves this prestigious award.”

Dr. Badger will use her experience to increase participation in clinical intervention trials for underrepresented cancer survivors and their caregivers.

“We will work with our communities to develop and test effective and accessible interventions that will benefit cancer survivors and caregivers,” Dr. Badger said. “I have a very successful history of including underrepresented cancer survivors and their caregivers in my trials. We have over 450 cancer survivors and their caregivers in one of my studies right now and about 40% of them are Hispanic.

Additionally, the grant will allow Dr. Badger and his team to train the next generation of researchers and develop synergistic relationships with other researchers at UArizona Health Sciences and UArizona to foster more projects focused on health equity against cancer.

Dr. Badger will work with a team of dedicated cancer researchers, including Ken Batai, PhDresearch assistant professor of urology at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UArizona Cancer Center, Cindy Thompson, RDN, Ph.D.professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and co-director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, and Chris Segrin, PhDprofessor and chair of the communication department at the UArizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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