Research

A doctor talks with a patient about her health care decisions in a medical office.
Read February 12, 2021

For Cancer Patients, Treatment Decisions Involve a Heavy Dose of Consideration

When it comes to treatment decisions, many cancer patients are worried about more than just treating the cancer. CSC’s Research and Training Institute asked patients to share their perspectives on this in two different research studies, and the findings highlighted that when it comes to deciding which cancer treatment to pursue, there’s a lot to consider.

Publications & Presentations

The Cancer Support Community is continually working on new research in various topics areas that are important to people impacted by cancer. Below please find access to reports, posters and presentations of our research. Many of these publications and presentations have been presented at prominent cancer focused conferences and meetings, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Annual Conference.
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Doctor and patient having a conversation
Read August 27, 2020

Exam Room Conversations – Finding Your Voice

My uncle, a former Massachusetts physical education teacher and football coach, had a tough exterior and an authoritative air – personality features that served him...
Mom and daughter hugging and smiling
Read August 13, 2020

Anxiety in the Cancer Experience

In some ways, anxiety is a crucial part of life. In my mom’s case, listening to the warning signals in her head pushed her to ask for multiple opinions, which eventually led to her cancer diagnosis. Anxiety can inspire us to seek out help and information. However, it is important to recognize when anxiety becomes unproductive or even harmful.
black woman in yellow typing on her computer
Read July 30, 2020

Power to the Patient Voice

You hear the words, “You have cancer,” and suddenly, the world around you stops. You can see the doctor’s lips moving to form words that...

Our Institutes

The Cancer Support Community includes three institutes that are critical to fulfilling our mission including the Institute for Excellent in Psychosocial Care (focused on direct services and programs), the Research and Training Institute (dedicated to conducting cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral, and survivorship research) and the Cancer Policy Institute (which advocates to make the patient voice heard in policy and decision making).
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