Dr. Jackie Casillas' 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.
Casillas and her colleagues are currently completing a qualitative study assessing psychosocial/behavioral outcomes in Latino childhood cancer survivors through assessment of positive outcomes (perceived benefits and personal growth) and negative sequelae (depression, anxiety and somatic symptoms) with particular attention to how the family influences their current health practices through in-home interviews and focus groups. She also is completing a mixed methodologies study (qualitative/quantitative) assessing the issues surrounding transitioning adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer to adult center healthcare. Lastly, she is involved in secondary data analysis utilizing the CCSS, the largest national cohort of childhood cancer survivors, in which she is completing a quantitative assessment of health outcomes, health care utilization patterns and health behaviors in adult minority survivors.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Ganz PA, Casillas J, Hahn EE. Ensuring quality care for cancer survivors: implementing the survivorship care plan. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2008 Aug;24(3):208-17.
Casillas JN, Zebrack BJ, Zeltzer LK. Health-related quality of life for Latino survivors of childhood cancer. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2006; 24(3): 125-45.
Castellino SM, Casillas J, Hudson MM, Mertens AC, Whitton J, Brooks SL, Zeltzer LK, Ablin A, Castleberry R, Hobbie W, Kaste S, Robison LL, Oeffinger KC. Minority adult survivors of childhood cancer: a comparison of long-term outcomes, health care utilization, and health-related behaviors from the childhood cancer survivor study. J Clin Oncol. 2005; 23(27): 6499-507.
Oeffinger KC, Mertens AC, Hudson MM, Gurney JG, Casillas J, Chen H, Whitton J, Yeazel M, Yasui Y, Robison LL. Health care of young adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Ann Fam Med. 2004; 2(1): 61-70.
Casillas JN, Woods WG, Hunger SP, McGavran L, Alonzo TA, Feig SA. Prognostic implications of t(10;11) translocations in childhood acute myelogenous leukemia: a report from the Children's Cancer Group. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2003; 25(8): 594-600.