Current Projects

Provider Response and Opinions of Guidelines Related to Screening Strategies (CC PROGRESS)

This project focuses on exploring physician practices and preferences related to screening for one of the most common HPV-related cancers—cervical cancer and physician perceptions of screening guidelines. The ultimate goal of this project will be to work with the American Society of Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) and utilize project results to inform cervical cancer screening guideline revisions.


U54-HPV Study

This study aims to conduct a series of individual interviews with caregivers of adolescents in Tampa and Ponce in order to explore barriers and facilitators to vaccine series completion. In addition to assessing the impact of policy change on HPV vaccine series initiation and completion among adolescents in Puerto Rico.


Assessing Risk of Breast Cancer through Outreach to Latinas with Education and Support (ARBOLES)

This training program aims to educate bilingual community health workers, promotoras, health educators, and patient navigators working with Latina women in the community. Through a 16-week training course (online and in-person)  participants will  gain the skills to increase their knowledge about genetics, genetic counseling and testing, identifying high risk Latinas, and making appropriate referrals for at-risk women.

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Palliative Care Experiences in Gynecologic Oncology (PACE-GYN)

Palliative care interventions improve quality of life and promote prolonged survival. Patients with ovarian cancer are an ideal population for palliative care intervention. Ovarian cancer patients often develop life altering side effects, which oncology providers spend a significant amount of time palliating. Furthermore, the majority of patients with recurrent ovarian cancers will not be cured. Palliative care providers can aid in symptom management, setting goals of care, and end of life planning. However, there is a dearth of research on palliative care in the context of gynecologic oncology. Thus, the purpose of the study is to understand the reasons why women with recurrent ovarian cancer do or do not use palliative care services. Results of this study will inform the development of interventions to promote palliative care utilization.


Enriching Communication Skills for Health Professionals in Oncofertility (ECHO)

As survivorship for Adolescent and Young Adult {(AYA); (ages 15-45)} oncology patients improves, there is a greater need to address quality of life issues, particularly in the area of reproductive health. ECHO is a web-based training program that includes psychosocial, biological, clinical, and skill building modules to help allied health professionals (physician assistants, nurses, social workers and psychologists) communicate timely and relevant information regarding reproductive health issues (e.g., fertility, sexuality, body image) to their adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology patients.


Understanding Patient Access to Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy (CAR-T)

This study will explore whether demographic factors and referral patterns (e.g., time from disease progression to referral) are associated with response to CAR-T, treatment toxicity, quality of life, and financial toxicity. Moffitt is uniquely positioned to evaluate access to CAR-T cell therapy. As the highest volume CAR-T provider in the Southeastern United States, Moffitt draws patients from the entire state of Florida and beyond. As a result, data gathered as part of the current study will not only help Moffitt facilitate access to CAR-T, but it will also provide the first data nationwide to our knowledge on this important issue.


Fertility, Reproduction, and Genetics: Increasing Learning through Education (FRAGILE)

This project is focused on Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer patients and AYA providers and aims to understand: what AYA cancer patients and healthcare providers discuss about genetic risk and reproductive health; patients’ concerns regarding their reproductive health, fertility, and genetic risk; and patient and healthcare providers’ recommendations for educational materials regarding reproductive health and fertility. The ultimate goal of this project is to create a learning tool for Adolescent and Young Adult patients regarding the intersection between fertility and genetics to help inform decisions about future family building options.


Ovarian Cancer: Developing and Implementing Referral and Expanding Cascade Testing (OC DIRECTS)

This study will assess factors and interventions related to substandard guideline-concordant care for genetic testing of ovarian cancer patients. Moffitt Cancer Center has only had about a 28.5% genetic testing rate, even though the guidelines clearly state 100% of all women with ovarian cancer should be tested. Nationwide, rates are about 20-30%. The purpose of this study is to identify barriers and develop strategies to increase genetic uptake for referral and testing among ovarian cancer patients at Moffitt Cancer Center.


U54 Ponce Health Science University and Moffitt Cancer Center Partnership (PHSU-MCC)

The PHSU-MCC Partnership is a collaboration between Moffitt Cancer Center and Ponce Health Sciences University to reduce cancer health disparities among Hispanic/Latinos. The PHSU-MCC Partnership's Community Outreach Team focuses on increasing awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and research among Hispanics. To do so, the team offers free educational events for Hispanic communities in the Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Tampa Bay areas that focus on community engagement, cancer education, and capacity building. For more information or to learn more about our upcoming events, please visit our website.