Learn more about our projects below.

 

Pilot study of intraoperative ketamine on depressive symptoms in patients with cancer 

In this randomized, double-blinded pilot trial, we will evaluate acceptability, feasibility, preliminary efficacy, and tolerability of intraoperative ketamine administration among patients undergoing surgery for gynecologic, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary cancer who have moderate or severe major depressive disorders.

Disparities in cancer treatment delays during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Our team recently received funding from the ASCO Foundation, Conquer Cancer®, to evaluate disparities in cancer care and treatment disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project leverages ASCO registry data to explore how cancer care delivery was affected nationally during the pandemic.

News link: https://www.conquer.org/news/conquer-cancer-names-inaugural-recipients-asco-registry-research-grants

Disparities in treatment patterns and outcomes among endometrial cancer patients

Our team received funding from Flatiron Health to evaluate racial and ethnic disparities in treatment patterns including end-of-life care and supportive care access for endometrial cancer patients. The study will also explore disparities in treatment patterns based on health insurance coverage. The project leverages Flatiron Health database which collects real-world clinical data from oncology patients in academic and community settings.

 

Early palliative care and nutrition support for pancreatic cancer patients

Our team recently received funding from the Canopy Cancer Collective to pilot test a care delivery model that includes early palliative care and expanded nutrition support for metastatic pancreatic cancer patients initiating chemotherapy. The project will use remote monitoring to assess patients' dietary intake and patient-reported outcomes.

 

Oncology telehealth implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our team is currently evaluating how healthcare systems rapidly adapted cancer care delivery for a virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study uses a mixed-methods approach to survey and interview frontline healthcare workers  and patients and analyze virtual visit data to understand patterns in adoption and implementation barriers and facilitators.

 

Routine patient-reported outcome monitoring in cancer care delivery

Our team is evaluating how healthcare systems integrate patient-reported outcome monitoring as part of routine care delivery to improve symptom management among cancer patients. The study uses a mixed methods approach to survey and interview healthcare team members and patients and analyze program administrative data to assess implementation outcomes.

 

Remote monitoring for postoperative recovery among cancer patients  

Our team is pilot testing a remote monitoring program to improve postoperative recovery among pancreatic cancer patients undergoing surgery. The study is examining feasibility, acceptability, and usability of the remote monitoring intervention that tracks patient-reported outcomes.