Comprehensive Cancer Control

Extending our focus to the community-at-large

The Institution’s Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program seeks to implement and disseminate evidence-based interventions in communities.  It complements MD Anderson’s robust cancer prevention research and clinical services programs by extending our focus to the community-at-large. MD Anderson has defined cancer control as the delivery of evidence-based interventions in three domains: 1) policy; 2) public and professional education; and 3) community-based clinical services (PES).  

The ultimate goal of the CCC plan is to measurably impact the cancer burden within the Houston metropolitan area. Faculty from across the  Institution have contributed to the CCC Program, largely through their efforts as part of one or more of the workgroups organized around each of the eight goals of the Program.  Each group is charged with developing, implementing and monitoring plans to address their particular goal. To date, plans have been developed for all eight goals and are in the process of being implemented.

The Division has supported two CPRIT Prevention Services grants. Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of Health Disparities Research, was awarded a CPRIT Prevention Services grant to implement an automated electronic medical record (EMR) system to connect smoker in Harris County Hospital District with smoking cessation services. A second CPRIT Prevention Services grant was also awarded to David Vining, M.D., professor in Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, with Dr. Hawk as co-director, to implement a unique colon cancer screening to increase screening rates in the Houston metropolitan area. Additionally, during this past year (2013), many workgroups submitted for and were awarded funding from the Medicaid Delivery Service Reform Incentive Payment waiver.

Cancer control efforts at MD Anderson have been renewed, expanded and more intentionally focused with the establishment of the Cancer Prevention and Control Platform (CP&CP). The Platform is part of the Moon Shots Program and is being co-led by Dr. Hawk and Mark Moreno, vice president for Governmental Relations.

The Eight CCC Goals

1. Reduce the prevalence of smoking in the Houston MSA.

2. Increase physical activity and proportion of population with a health body weight, and  improve the quality of diet in the Houston MSA.

3. Reduce the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer in the Houston MSA.

4. Reduce the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer in the Houston MSA.

5. Reduce the mortality due to breast cancer in the Houston MSA.

6. Reduce the incidence and mortality of liver cancer in the Houston MSA.

7. Reduce or prevent morbidity and improve quality of life among cancer survivors in the Houston MSA.

8. Reduce the incidence and mortality of skin cancer in the Houston MSA.

Centers and Institutes

Behavioral Research Treatment Center

Duncan Family Institute

Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research


Tobacco Treatment Program

ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience)