A Women’s Cancer Survivorship Team: Late Effects of Cancer Drug Therapy

Overview

Project Leader: Geoff Anderson, MD, PhD

• Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute;
• Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
• Site Director, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, University of Toronto

This project brings together researchers from the original Patterns of Care study team, which examined patterns of practice for adult long-term cancer survivors, and other established researchers who have extensive experience working on the interplay between medical conditions and non-cancer pharmacotherapy.

This new inter-disciplinary team of investigators are exploring the impact of pre-existing medical conditions on therapy risk in order to inform the most appropriate selection of initial treatment and improve the prevention, monitoring and management of long term and late effects. The team and the research projects are providing the basis for a coordinated effort to train and mentor younger researchers. They are using an integrated knowledge translation approach to ensure the evidence produced improves the care of cancer survivors as soon as possible. This research will play an important role in improving the care provided to cancer survivors in Ontario, nationally and internationally.