NMTR Research Projects
Here is a list of our ongoing and recently completed projects:
The Health, Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) Study, also known to New Mexico participants as the "New Mexico Women's Health Study," (NMWHS) is a multi-centered investigation of the influence of body weight , composition, diet, physical activity, and hormones on prognosis of breast cancer ascertained by SEER registries in New Mexico; Seattle, WA; and Los Angeles, CA. The multi-centered HEAL study includes co-investigators at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Facility Center (FHCRC), Seattle, WA and the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles.
(Project Period: 1996-current; New Mexico PI: Charles Wiggins, PhD)
Patterns of Care Studies have been conducted since 1987 to evaluate the provision of the optimal therapy to all cancer patients. Under Congressional Mandate, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is required to report on dissemination of state-of-the-art therapy for all cancer patients. POC studies verify radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy and other therapies used in the treatment of selected cancers with the treating physician. Additional information is also collected on surgery, pathologic margins, tumor characteristics, enrollment in clinical trials, and hospital characteristics. The present patterns of care study will evaluate treatment of men with invasive breast cancer, both men and women with invasive kidney cancer or head and neck cancer, and female breast cancer cases with negative nodes and estrogen receptor positive tumors.
Project Period: 2005-current; PI: Charles Wiggins, PhD)