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Overview of the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research II

In December 2008, NCI announced five newly awarded Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research II (CECCR II). This 5–year initiative is a follow up to the first iteration of CECCRs (2003–2008), which was developed as a priority when NCI planners identified cancer communication as an “extraordinary opportunity” for research in the area of cancer control. For more information about CECCR I, see the CECCR Archive.

This second iteration of the CECCR initiative remains the centerpiece of NCI’s Extraordinary Opportunity in Cancer Communication, a broad initiative that supports research and outreach aimed at increasing the knowledge about, tools for, access to, and use of cancer communications by the public, patients, survivors, and health professionals.

Building on the success of the CECCR program, CECCR II places a special emphasis on the patient-centered communication needed to improve health and quality of life outcomes across the Cancer Care Continuum. The resulting research projects emphasize that effective communication is needed to: (a) foster “healing relationships”; (b) exchange information between the health care delivery team, the patient, and the patient’s family; (c) respond to emotions; (d) manage uncertainty; (e) support decision-making; and (f) enable patient self-management.

Another addition to CECCR II was the development of cross-CECCR Research Interest Groups (RIGs). These RIGs were created to form teams to solve complex problems in cancer communication. The following RIGs meet regularly to share information; promote and coordinate collaborative efforts; and identify opportunities for common measures:

  • 2-1-1 RIG: Chaired by Matthew Kreuter, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  • Data Harmonization RIG: Chaired by Richard Moser, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute
  • Dissemination RIG: Chaired by James Dearing, Ph.D., Cancer Research Network
  • Health Journalism RIG: Chaired by Kelly Blake, ScD, National Cancer Institute

To learn more about CECCR II, read the full CECCR II RFA at: or visit the individual center pages:

CECCR II Contacts at the National Cancer Institute:

Kelly Blake, ScD

Bradford Hesse