Patricia Ganz, M.D.
Jacqueline Casillas, M.D.
The Patients and Survivors Program investigates methods of measuring and improving quality of life and quality of cancer care. Its prevention and control research targets are patients receiving treatment for cancer and post-treatment cancer survivors. Research includes behavioral intervention research, assessment of quality of life and other health care outcomes, nutritional intervention research and symptom control research. Policy relevant research related to quality of care is also included.
- Reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality among patients with cancer and long-term survivors of cancer
- Understand and improve quality of life outcomes along the developmental phases of the life span continuum (e.g., infants, children, young adult survivors, adult cancer patients and survivors and elderly cancer patients and survivors), including late medical and psychosocial effects
- Develop and improve methods of measuring and evaluating the quality of cancer care
Meetings and Events
- Monthly research conferences and brown bag seminars in collaboration with the School of Public Health
- Postdoctoral fellows’ journal club
- Research-in-progress meetings with fellows
- Monthly tea for program area members and staff with UCLA Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research
- Regular meetings on psychoneuroimmunology and cancer for investigators to present their work in progress
- Focused retreats on interdisciplinary and translational topics with other cancer center programs
Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., Director of the Patient and Survivors Program, is a board-certified medical oncologist who has been conducting psychosocial and quality of life research with cancer patients and survivors since the early 1980s. Ganz holds professorial appointments in the School of Public Health (Health Policy & Management) and the School of Medicine (Medicine/Hematology-Oncology). Ganz is a pioneer in the assessment of quality of life in cancer patients, and is active in clinical trials research with the NRG Oncology, where she co-chairs the Patient Centered Outcomes Research committee. She has focused much of her clinical and research efforts in the areas of breast cancer and its prevention. She also directs the UCLA Clinical Cancer Genetic Evaluation Program. Her other major areas of research include cancer survivorship and late effects of cancer treatment, cancer in the elderly and quality of care for cancer patients. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and Associate Editor of CA-A Journal for Clinicians. Dr. Ganz was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2007, and received the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor in 2010. She served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors from 2002-2007 and on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Board of Directors from 2003-2006. Dr. Ganz currently serves as Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine National Cancer Policy Forum and chaired the 2013 Institute of Medicine consensus study whose report was entitled “Delivering High Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis.”
Jacqueline Casillas M.D., Co-Director of the Patients and Survivors Program, is assistant professor of pediatrics, a board-certified physician of pediatrics and hematology/oncology and associate director of the JCCC Patients and Survivors Program. Her research interests are in the areas of access to care, quality of life and quality of care for long-term survivors of childhood cancer. Some of her current projects include: assessing access to care for adult survivors of childhood cancer in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS); assessing health status, medical care and preventive health practices of Latino adult survivors of childhood cancer; and explaining psychosocial and quality of life outcomes in Latino long-term survivors of childhood cancer.