Cancer Center Cessation Initiative

In 2017, NCI launched the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative, as part of the NCI Cancer Moonshot℠ program. The long-term goal of this Initiative is to help cancer centers build and implement sustainable tobacco cessation treatment programs to routinely address tobacco cessation with cancer patients.

How will the funded sites enhance the delivery of tobacco cessation treatment at their cancer center?

  • Refining electronic medical records and clinical workflows to ensure the systematic identification and documentation of smokers and the routine delivery of evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment services
  • Overcoming patient, clinician, clinic, and health system barriers to providing tobacco cessation treatment services
  • Achieving institutional buy-in that treating tobacco use is a component of organizational “Standard of Care”
  • Creating mechanisms to sustain tobacco cessation treatment services so that they continue beyond the funding period of the initiative

What will the Coordinating Center do?

The Coordinating Center will be based at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. The Coordinating Center will support the funded sites by:

  • Ensuring that science-based smoking cessation treatment services are integrated into the clinical care of funded cancer centers
  • Providing technical assistance in the areas of electronic health record (EHR) integration, clinical workflow change management, and addressing health disparities as they relate to the delivery of smoking cessation treatment services
  • Serving as the hub of knowledge integration, including the sharing of best practices across funded Centers and for the cancer clinical community more broadly.

Research Centers/Funded Sites

(in alphabetical order)

  • Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine (Project Leads: Richard de la Garza, Maria Mejia de Grubb)
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University (Project Lead: Monica Webb Hooper)
  • Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University (Project Lead: James Davis)
  • Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University (Project Leads: Kathryn Taylor, Deepa Subramaniam)
  • Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Indiana University (Project Lead: Karen Hudmon)
  • Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina (Project Lead: Graham Warren)
  • Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, New York University Medical Center (Project Leads: Donna Shelley, Scott Sherman)
  • University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California (Project Lead: Elisa Tong)
  • University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Chicago (Project Leads: Andrea King, Yasmin Asvat)
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center, University of Colorado (Project Lead: Arnold Levinson)
  • Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa (Project Leads: David Katz, Mark Vander Weg)
  • University of Kansas Cancer Center, University of Kansas (Project Lead: Kim Richter)
  • Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky (Project Lead: Jessica Burris)
  • Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota (Project Leads: Anne Joseph, Janet Thomas)
  • University of New Mexico Cancer Center, University of New Mexico (Project Leads: Emrullah Yilmaz, Linda Cook)
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Project Leads: Adam Goldstein, Laurel Sisler)
  • Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania (Project Leads: Robert Schnoll, Frank Leone)
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah (Project Leads: David Wetter, Cho Lam)
  • University of Virginia Cancer Center, University of Virginia (Project Leads: Roger Anderson, Robert Klesges)
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University (Project Lead: Hilary Tindle)
  • Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine (Project Lead: Li-Shiun Chen)
  • Yale Cancer Center, Yale University (Project Leads: Lisa Fucito, Steve Bernstein)

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