Lance Armstrong Foundation today announced that the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has
joined the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network to
address the needs of the growing number of cancer survivors in the
United States. Lineberger is the eighth network member institution in
the nation. Marci Campbell, Ph.D., foundation principal investigator and professor of nutrition in the UNC's School of Public Health, will direct the program.
Photograph, Dr. Marci Campbell
The network is an invitation-only collaborative partnership among
the foundation, National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive
cancer centers at leading medical institutions nationwide and their
community affiliates. The network seeks to harness the expertise,
experience, creativity and productivity of leading centers and their
community affiliates to help accelerate the pace of progress in
addressing the needs of the growing survivor community. Working
together, the network provides essential direct survivorship services
and increases the effectiveness of survivorship care through research,
the development of new interventions and sharing of best practices.
"We are highly honored to join the prestigious network, whose
innovative work is directed at improving the lives of cancer patients,"
said Dr. Shelley Earp, director of Lineberger. "The collaboration among
UNC's schools of Medicine and Public Health, in partnership with North
Carolina communities, will help us understand how best to address the
needs of survivors across the population."
With this five-year $1.5 million grant, UNC will develop survivorship
programs and services at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital and
partnering sites around the state. In addition, UNC's strategic plan
includes regional and statewide outreach and education activities for
patients, families and professionals. UNC program leaders, directed by
Campbell, plan to develop a peer counseling program to match survivors
with trained peer counselors and create a website for the public and
"Extended cancer survival is a relatively new phenomenon, so the
current pace of research and of the development of effective models of
care lags behind the need," said Caroline Huffman, senior program
officer at the foundation. "To help accelerate the pace of progress in
addressing the needs of the growing survivor community, the foundation
established the network to provide comprehensive, one-stop sources of
information, care and services for people affected by cancer."
Other network members include: Abramson Cancer Center, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle; Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center, New York; Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer
Center, Columbus; Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University
of California at Los Angeles; and the University of Colorado Cancer
The Lance Armstrong Foundation unites people through programs and
experiences to empower cancer survivors to live life on their own terms
and to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. The
foundation focuses on cancer prevention, access to screening and care,
research and quality of life for cancer survivors. Founded in 1997 by
cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the foundation
has raised more than $250 million for the fight against cancer.
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For more about the Lance Armstrong Foundation Survivorship Network, visit http://www.livestrong.org.
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