The CRN Cancer Communication Research Center (CCRC) was funded by NCI in 2008 as a program project (P20) to advance research about cancer communication in clinical settings. Led by Dr. James Dearing (KPC), this is the first communication research center founded within the CRN. The Center identifies, tests, and applies optimal communication and coordination processes that facilitate patient-centered cancer care. Two initial core R01 projects are Testing an Optimal Model of Patient-Centered Cancer Care and Effective Communication for Preventing and Responding to Oncology Adverse Events. Eighteen investigators at eight CRN sites participate in the Center. The CCRC also ties the CRN into the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR) network of cancer communication research centers at Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin. Through its shared resource cores that study and explore new practice-based approaches to cancer communication across the CRN as well as how to most effectively disseminate effective cancer communication interventions across clinical settings, the Center is heavily involved in translational research from the processes of innovation to the processes of replication and diffusion. Communication and care coordination processes are assessed across the cancer care continuum from prevention to early detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life as well as across types, including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers.
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