Cancer research is more than just scientists in a laboratory. At Moncrief Cancer Institute, our lab is our entire community – and the people we help. We’re currently engaged in several population-based research studies that span the cancer experience, from prevention and early detection to survivorship.
Breast Cancer Screening and Navigation
Under the direction of Keith Argenbright, M.D., Moncrief Cancer Institute partners with other medical facilities and cancer organizations to provide mammography screenings and diagnostic procedures to women in more than 30 counties surrounding Tarrant County. The Breast Screening Prevention and Navigation Program, funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), has screened thousands of women since its inception on June 2010. Our research-based program eliminates geographic and financial barriers for women who qualify for the program.
Colorectal Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation
Along with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Moncrief is spearheading an evidence-based prevention program designed to boost colorectal cancer awareness. Funded by a three-year grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the program targets an underinsured, vulnerable population within our community. Participation has increased dramatically by providing a less expensive and more convenient alternative to having a colonoscopy.
Community Survivorship Program
Moncrief Cancer Institute is collaborating within Tarrant and eight surrounding counties to create a unique Survivorship Program. The study helps identify social, financial, and health needs among those who have survived any type of cancer. Study participants are offered one-on-one consultations with an oncology nurse, specialized fitness trainer, dietitian, social worker, genetic counselor and clinical psychologist. The program’s goal is to help survivors develop a healthy lifestyle and reduce the future risk of cancer. In this part of the state, an estimated 15,000 cancer survivors don’t have convenient access to cancer experts and related facilities. The mobile clinic is funded through the Texas Medicaid 1115 Waiver Program (DSRIP – Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment).