Areas reviewed: Research that focuses on prevention and relief of suffering by early identification, assessment and treatment of pain, as well as of other physical, psychosocial, legal, economic and spiritual problems associated with cancer in patients and their families who are facing (1) Poor prognosis malignancies at any stage of illness, (2) Have advanced malignancies (recurrent and/or metastatic disease) or (3) Have favorable prognosis malignancies associated with a high symptom burden. Palliative care interventions can occur early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, as well as at the end-of-life and includes investigations to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications of cancer. (Research proposals that focus on patients and their families that are not included in these three categories will continue to be reviewed by the CPPB committee.)

Barbara Murphy, MD,  Chair
Vanderbilt Univ School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

Daniel Anderson, Stakeholder
Oswego, IL

Amber Barnato, MD
Univ of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Abraham Brody, PhD, RN
NYU College of Nursing
New York, NY

Ronald M. Epstein, MD
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

Pamela Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN
Children's National Medical Center
Washington DC

Ellen McCarthy, PhD, MPH
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Boston, MA

Susan Parsons, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Jennifer Temel, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital; Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Lisa Wood, PhD, RN, FAAN
Massachusetts General Hospital, School of Nursing
Boston, MA