Cancer Prevention Workforce Supplement

Workforce Gaps and Opportunities in Cancer Prevention and Control: Meeting the Challenge

The need for cancer professionals has never been more urgent than it is today.   Reports project serious shortages by 2020 of oncology health care providers.  Although many plans have been proposed, no role for prevention has been described.  In response, a 2-day symposium was held in 2009 at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, to capture the current status of the cancer prevention workforce and begin to identify gaps in the workforce.  Five working groups were organized around topic areas: (a) health policy and advocacy; (b) translation to the community; (c) integrating cancer prevention into clinical practice; (d) health services infrastructure and economics; and (e) discovery, research, and technology.  Along with specific recommendations on these topics, the working groups identified two additional major themes: the difficulty of defining areas within the field (including barriers to communication), and lack of sufficient funding.  These interdependent issues synergistically impede progress in preventing cancer; they are explored in detail in this special supplement to the Journal of Cancer Education, and recommendations for actions to address them are presented.

The full Supplement in the Journal of Cancer Education is now available online!

Article TitleCorresponding Author & Email
Mentor, Educator, Friend: A Tribute to Robert M. Chamberlain, PhD

Dr. Carrie Cameron

Addressing the future burden of cancer and its impact on the oncology workforce: where is cancer prevention and control?

Dr. Shine Chang

The Future Workforce in Cancer Prevention: Advancing Discovery, Research, and Technology

Dr. Wayne Newhauser

Implementing Cancer Prevention into Clinical Practice

Dr. Lynn Cialdella-Kam

Nursing Workforce Issues: Strategically Positioning Nurses to Facilitate Cancer Prevention and Control

Carol Vreeland Dallred

Cancer Prevention Health Services Research: An Emerging Field

Dr. Robert Chamberlain

Translating Cancer Prevention and Control Research into the Community Setting:  Workforce Implications

Dr. Electra D. Paskett

The Future of the Cancer Prevention Workforce: Why Health Literacy, Advocacy, and Stakeholder Collaborations Matter

Dr. Carrie Cameron


Additional Related Articles

The Future of Cancer Prevention: Will Our Workforce Be Ready?

Meeting Report:  “Future Directions in Cancer Prevention and Control: Workforce Implications for Training, Practice, and Policy” Symposium, October 17 to 18, 2009, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

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