FORCE has an acknowledged outstanding record of collaborating with researchers. We are uniquely positioned to provide important input into the direction, implementation, recruitment, and ethical aspects of research and we can facilitate teamwork between different institutions and stakeholders. Through resarch collaborations, FORCE helps to identify and expedite research that will best serve individuals and families affected by hereditary cancers. Below are highlights from two of our research collaborations.
Basser Research Center for BRCA
FORCE is partnering with the Basser Research Center for BRCA, the first-of-its-kind center within Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Basser focuses on BRCA1 and BRCA2 outreach, prevention, early detection,treatment and survivorship. Our collaboration with Basser will strengthen ties between people coping with BRCA-related issues and the Penn researchers and physicians devoted to finding new ways to prevent and treat BRCA-related cancers.
FORCE is collaborating with Celebration Health to better understand and address the issues surrounding long-term follow-up health and care in survivors and previvors. Our collaboration with Celebration Health includes research conducted at our 7th Annual Conference investigating sexuality, and metabolic function in survivors and previvors. We also launched the first survey to assess the long-term follow-up health behaviors, concerns, and needs of women who have hereditary cancer risk.
University of South Florida
FORCE is part of a research collaboration in a study known as the American BRCA Outcomes & Utilization of Testing (ABOUT) Study. The goal is to build a patient-powered research network that uses patient-reported outcomes and medical information to provide a "real-world" view of current care for people with BRCA mutations.
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