Cancer Control and Population Sciences

The mission of City of Hope’s Cancer Control and Population Sciences (CCPS) Program is to advance the science and application of cancer etiology, prevention and outcomes, and to reduce the burden of cancer and its sequelae across all segments of the population through collaborative, interdisciplinary, interventional and educational efforts.

CCPS researchers are highly focused on studying causes of cancer and ways to prevent it, detect it earlier, improve tolerance of treatment, and manage its symptoms and the quality of life for patients during treatment and in the years following. Leading scientists with a broad spectrum of expertise collaborate to:
  • Discover host and environmental factors contributing to cancer.  Program members are focused on discovering genetic and lifestyle factors for prevention and developing approaches for risk assessment, risk reduction, and biomarkers for early detection of cancer. Studies are aided by the large prospective California Teachers Study and the Clinical Cancer Genomics Community Research Network registries.
  • Identify factors to reduce treatment-related morbidities and improve outcomes. Program members are identifying factors that affect outcomes during and after treatment for cancer, and approaches to mitigate the side effects of treatment and long-term sequelae associated with treatment.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate interventions to reduce cancer-related morbidity/mortality and improve quality of life. Program members are conducting interventions that range from biobehavioral to pharmacologic interventions in individuals ranging from children to older adults, and from cancer survivors to their caregivers.
Research conducted by investigators in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program is shared not only within the Program but also with City of Hope’s other cancer research programs. This allows other programs the benefit of information from population-based studies to inform and enhance their own research.
In the collaborative environment for which City of Hope is so well known, CCPS operates alongside the Center for Cancer Survivorship, which provides state of the art comprehensive care.  In addition, the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE) facilitates City of Hope’s ability to provide cancer education to underserved populations. 
Collaboration among leading experts in multidisciplinary areas of research is the cornerstone of City of Hope’s elite designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.  The Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program is a major weapon in the Center’s fight against cancer. We will not surrender. 
Program Leadership 
Program Co-Leaders Arti Hurria, M.D. and Susan L. Neuhausen, Ph.D., lead a team of prominent clinical, translational and basic scientific researchers with a broad spectrum of expertise who are committed toward a common goal. Because of them, City of Hope is proud to be in the forefront of advancement in cancer control and population sciences.