Welcoming New Steering Committee Members to the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network
Almost 14 million cancer survivors live in the US today, and 3 out of 4 families will help care for a family member with cancer. The recent increase in the number of cancer patients who survive treatment 5 years and beyond has outpaced researchers’ progress in testing and identifying appropriate care for survivors with unique medical, practical, and emotional needs. A challenge for the cancer survivorship community is how to best design and deliver high-quality care. At the Lance Armstrong Foundation we refuse to accept that it can take nearly two decades to turn cancer research into improved patient care. We believe that the people affected by cancer deserve to directly benefit from what is learned when it is learned.
For this purpose, the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network (Network) was established in 2005 with the goal of accelerating survivorship care research to meet the needs of the growing community of cancer survivors across the country. Moving forward, the Network’s top priority is to conduct collaborative research that taps into diverse patient populations situated across the nation and create programs that address survivors’ needs and that can be widely adopted in various settings.
This priority was set with the help of the Network Steering Committee, a group of experts in cancer survivorship, which guides the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of the Network. Committee members serve two-year, staggered terms designed to balance the need for continuity with the imperative for fresh ideas and perspectives. While the Steering Committee often works behind the scenes, it is important to recognize the crucial role it plays keeping the Network on track.
Continuing Steering Committee members include Marcia Grant, Director and Professor of Nursing Research and Education at the City of Hope Cancer Center in California; Alton Hart at the Petersburg Health Department and Crater Health District in Virginia; Guadalupe Palos, Assistant Professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas; and Angie Patterson, Director of Survivorship and Patient Navigation of the Georgia Cancer Coalition.
In 2012, LIVESTRONG is pleased to announce the addition of 2 new Steering Committee members and one liaison from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. These new members were selected because of their leadership and expertise, as well as their desire to advance the field of survivorship care. Joining the Steering Committee in 2012 is Melissa Hudson, Paul Jacobsen, and Lynne Padgett. Dr. Hudson is a Member and Director of the Cancer Survivorship Division in the Department of Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Paul Jacobsen is Associate Center Director for Population Science at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Professor of Psychology and Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida. Finally, Lynne Padgett joined as a Steering Committee liaison from the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. Dr. Padgett is Program Director of the NCI National Community Cancer Program. We are excited to introduce these new members and are inspired to partner with the Network to find new and effective ways to care for people affected by cancer.