Even successful methods for diagnosing, treating and caring for people who are suffering from cancer are not enough without effective, practical tools and guidance for putting those methods into practice.
To bridge this gap between cancer interventions and their implementation within communities across the country, the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute is funding the creation of six implementation science centers focused on cancer control. The creation of these centers are part of NIH’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to make more therapies available and improve prevention and detection. One of the six centers will be at the UW.
“We have proven health interventions that could significantly reduce the burden of cancer for the 15 million people in the United States who will be diagnosed with cancer over the next decade,” said UW professor and project lead Bryan Weiner. “However, these interventions have to be implemented — and implemented well — for patients and community members to benefit from them. Unfortunately, health care delivery systems often underperform in implementation.”