Cancer Screening and Prevention

Cancer screening and prevention

Current Projects

Acupressure for Persistent Cancer Related Fatigue

Suzanna M. Zick, N.D., M.P.H., Principal Investigator
Ananda Sen, Ph.D., Co-Investigator

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, The National Cancer Institute

This randomized, single-blind, placebo controlled study will examine the effect of two different acupressure treatments compared to standard of care, since self-administered acupressure has been demonstrated to decrease persistent cancer-related fatigue (PCRF) for breast cancer survivor

Modeling Professional Attitudes and Teaching Humanistic Communication in Virtual Reality (MPathic VR)

Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., Principal Investigator

Funded by The National Institutes of Health

The M-Pathic VR II project will rigorously evaluate the extent that the newly successful "virtual reality" software program (developed in Phase I) can enhance medical school curricula in professionalism, empathy, and in patient-centeredness (using verbal and non-verbal communication skills) as well as the ACGME competencies when treating a terminally ill cancer patient.

Translational Research in GI Cancer

Ananda Sen, Ph.D., Co-Investigator
Zora Djuric, Ph.D., Co-Investigator

Funded by the National Institutes of Health

This project aims to search for early detection biomarkers of pancreatic cancers in human plasma. Patients with different forms of pancreatic diseases, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs), Type 2 diabetes, and normal patients will serve as the disease category of interest.