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Cancer Care and Prevention

Cancer occurs when some of the body’s cells divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. Malfunctioning genes trigger the formation of cancer cells, and those malfunctions may be inherited, or may arise as a result of damage to DNA caused by certain environmental exposures—including chemicals or ultraviolet radiation. Cancer screenings are a key preventive care measure, and can help detect cancer in its early stages—which can contribute to early treatment, increased survival rates, and better health outcomes.

VA conducts cancer research to help better understand how Veterans’ military experience may impact the development of certain cancers; how lifestyle choices known to cause cancer—such as tobacco use—may disproportionately impact them; and to build the evidence-base for effective, appropriate cancer screening tests and tools.

Each section below is populated by a search of the HSR website. Search results are generated based on the search term "Cancer". Results are updated as new data are available.

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(5 of more than 3609 CANCER focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 99 CANCER focused publication briefs)

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( 5 of more than 92 CANCER focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
PPO 22-161 Co-Design and Pilot Testing of Peer-led Community Outreach to Improve Equity, Veteran-Centeredness and Uptake of Lung Cancer Screening Wiener, Renda 2024-01-01
IIR 22-215 Optimizing Advanced Prostate Cancer Care Among US Veterans Caram, Megan 2023-07-01
PPO 21-225 Developing and Pilot-testing a Yoga Program to Address Post-prostatectomy Side-effects Among Veterans with Prostate Cancer Silva, Abigail 2023-07-01
IIR 20-089 Patient Risk Perception and Decision-Making about Adherence to Repeat Cancer Screening Gillespie, Christopher 2021-10-01
PPO 20-121 Identifying Risk Factors for New Persistent Opioid Use Among Veterans Following Treatment for Early Stage Cancer Schapira, Marilyn 2020-10-01

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The most recent "Cancer" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
11/13/2023 Veteran Cancer Survivors and Suicide Prevention Kittel-Moseley, Julie  
6/13/2023 Health Informatics Approaches to Reduce Missed Opportunities in Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis Khalaf, Natalia  
11/8/2022 Precision Oncology for Veterans with Lung Cancer: Work in Progress Wu, Julie  
11/7/2022 Data-Driven Implementation Mapping for the Selection of Implementation Strategies: Case Example of Bladder Cancer Surveillance Schroeck, Florian  
Ould Ismail, A. Aziz  
Zubkoff, Lisa  
2/15/2022 Cervical Cancer Screening in VA: Unique individual and health system challenges Haskell, Sally  
Danan, Elisheva  

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