Momentum Builds for Cancer Centers Treating Tobacco Use

Map of C3I grantee sites
Map of C3I grantee sites

UW-CTRI staff and collaborators in September attended the fall 2019 grantee meeting of the nationwide Cancer Center Cessation Initiative (C3I) at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. They discussed what they’ve learned two years into the project to help oncology patients quit tobacco use. C3I is part of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

Approximately 110 attendees had an opportunity to take in scenic mountain views and hear from experts such as:

  • Dr. Robert Croyle, NCI Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science.
  • Dr. Cornelia Ulrich, Director of the Huntsman Center Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Dr. Stephanie Land, NCI Tobacco Control Research Program Director.
  • Dr. Karen Emmons, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Faculty Director.

Forty-one of the 42 funded cancer centers were represented, and all grantees presented updates not just on how they are helping their patients quit smoking, but how they’re integrating it into standard care.

“The meeting breaks were buzzing with conversation regarding smoking cessation,” said UW-CTRI Associate Research Specialist Marika Rosenblum. “People interacted and shared a ton.”

The University of Wisconsin C3I team includes UW-CCC Assistant Director and Principal Investigator of the C3I Coordinating Center Betsy Rolland, UW-CCC Coordinating Center Manager Danielle Pauk, UW-CCC Assistant Scientist Heather D’Angelo, UW-CTRI Outreach Director Rob Adsit, UW-CTRI Director of Research Dr. Tim Baker, UW-CTRI Director Dr. Michael Fiore, and Rosenblum.

Grantees have published nine journal articles, including one last week in JAMA Open by Fiore, D’Angelo and Baker, Effective Cessation Treatment for Patients With Cancer Who Smoke—The Fourth Pillar of Cancer Care.