Cancer Control

The objective of the Cancer Control (CC) program is to foster and facilitate research designed to reduce cancer risk, improve outcomes and quality of life, and eliminate disparities across the cancer care continuum.

Program Aims

As of June 2023

Identify biological and molecular factors and social determinants contributing to cancer burden

Members of the Cancer Control program use local and national databases and primary data from patients and communities to examine stress, immunologic factors, health behaviors, neighborhood and other structural factors, and social and health policy mechanisms, and interactions among these, that drive poor and disparate outcomes.

Identify and address health system  mechanisms associated with cancer care access, outcomes, and inequities

A research focus of the Cancer Control program is to identify health care and health system factors that foster inequitable access and care, or impact patient reported outcomes and develop health delivery interventions and policies to improve cancer care and outcomes in our catchment area and beyond.

Develop and test interventions to decrease cancer burden and minimize inequities

Members of the Cancer Control program work with the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement to engage patients and community members, in a bi-directional manner, to develop behavioral interventions, conduct rigorous randomized trials to test their efficacy, address community identified challenges, and sustain research efforts in community and clinical settings.

Program Leaders


Joan Neuner, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, George Carroll Professor of Women's Health, School of Medicine


Melinda Stolley, PhD

Professor; Associate Director of Population Sciences Research, Cancer Center