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Let's Discuss! Modeling Impact: NCI's Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network

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May's cyber-seminar explored the use statistical modeling to improve our understanding of cancer control interventions in prevention, screening, and treatment and their effects on population trends in incidence and mortality.  This month’s cyber-seminar included a panel of the leaders from the five CISNET Coordinating Centers, each with a focus on a specific cancer site (Breast, Colorectal, Esophageal, Lung and Prostate), as well as programmatic leaders from the NCI and CDC.  All provided great examples of the work the CISNET modelers are doing as well as potential ways modelers and public health practitioners might engage with one another to improve their programs and public health impact.

Now its your turn to share.  Ask questions of our speakers or share your stories and experiences with modeling; propose potential questions for future modeling; and discuss how your organization or community might benefit from modeling.    If you are interested in submitting a question for colloboration you can find and download the form at the bottom of:

If you missed the live cyber-seminar on May 18, 2011, stay tuned for the archive, but, in the meantime, feel free to join the discussion!!


Thanks to all of the

Thanks to all of the presenters for a great cyber-seminar today.  I still have a couple gaps to fill in, but I think this modeling concept is finally starting to click! 

What I’m most interested in hearing more about are how the modeling results are being used and presented at the community level.  For example, how are folks in community groups and cancer coalitions using the outputs from the models to make programmatic decisions?  Are they mainly using the results internally, or are they using these models in external reports and communication with other stakeholders, such as policy makers, media, and other interested community members?  It seems like modeling would be a great tool for departments/programs/coalitions to use to justify the cost and the time involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating proposed programs and interventions.

I’m really looking forward to following these upcoming community partnerships “full circle” to see the impact these models have on decision and policy making at the community level.  In the meantime I was hoping that Jeanne might be able to elaborate on her work with the DC Department of Health and DC Cancer Coalition – what results did the model(s) provide, and how did they impact cancer control programming, policies, or resource allocation in the DC area?   

We are pleased to announce an

We are pleased to announce an upcoming opportunity to partner with the modelers and statisticians that worked to assist the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to develop recommendations for breast and colorectal cancer.   The National Cancer Institute (via the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network or CISNET- sponsors academic researchers in 5 cancer types (breast, lung, prostate, colorectal, and esophageal) to collaboratively develop simulation models to guide public health research priorities in the U.S.  These models take into account current and projected levels of screening, treatment, and risk factors, and help determine optional strategies for deploying public health initiatives. 

In 2011 the CDC Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, was able to provide supplementary funding to ongoing CISNET work. This funding opportunity was highlighted in a Research to Reality (R2R) Cyber-Seminar on May 18, 2011(  Based on the responses to this opportunityallowed for CISNET modelers to develop 2 partnerships in the following areas:

  • The Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Cancer Institute is working with CISNET to determine the impact of a range of programs to either increase smoking cessation or adopt lung cancer screening specifically in Northeast Pennsylvania.
  • The state of South Carolina is working with CISNET to understand how to best focus their colorectal cancer screening program in low-income communities. This study looks at the cost and benefit of the current colonoscopy-only program versus a mixture of other diagnostic procedures (i.e. fecal occult blood or FIT testing).

CDC/NCI are looking to fund up to another two administrative supplements to facilitate CISNET-Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) partnerships this year, and  here are the details!

  1. Proposals need to focus only on one of the following cancers: breast, lung, prostate, colorectal, and esophageal.
  2. Informal proposals should be written on the attached form. Proposals can be up to 3 pages.  The forms should be e-mailed directly to the CISNET Cancer Site specified on the form.  Proposals are due to the CISNET Modelers by May, 11 2012
  3. CCC applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:
    1. Demonstrate the magnitude of problem in relation to state/tribal/local/territorial cancer control.
    2. Applicability to similar locations/situations.
    3. Identify available data resources.
    4.  Identify a specific set of alternative cancer control strategies you might want to examine.
  4. The CISNET Modelers will select the CCC proposals that seem most amenable to modeling.  Modelers will work with applicants to further develop administrative supplement proposals that will be submitted to CDC/NCI  by July 6, 2012.
  5. Proposals from groups can be entirely new applications, or resubmissions of applications from last year.  Applicants can also be submitted from groups that were funded last year, although the proposals must relate substantially to new work.

You can download the application form here:  Simply scroll down to "Related Content" and click on the link.

We highly encourage you to put forward an application to collaborate with this highly skilled group of modelers.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to post them here and we will respond.