About the Conference

The Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, initiated in 2002 by the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship and the American Cancer Society’s Behavioral Research Center, brings together investigators and clinicians involved in cutting-edge cancer survivorship research. In 2008, the fourth biennial conference is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

This conference will:

  • Highlight key topics and critical questions facing those living with a history of cancer and their caregivers and health care providers.
  • Feature forward-looking research focusing on the unique physical, psychosocial, behavioral, and economic outcomes associated with cancer survivorship.
  • Examine the information, programs, and care needed to address these outcomes.
  • Act as a springboard for mapping out future research and clinical directions in this dynamic and fast-growing scientific area.

In addition, the 2008 conference will focus on new challenges in the field of cancer survivorship research. It will include information on current cancer survivorship studies, as well as advances in research and interventions designed to improve long-term outcomes for cancer survivors and their families.



Conference topics include:

  • Beyond Support Groups and Survival: New Directions in Biobehavioral Research
  • Transdisciplinary Approaches to Comprehensive Follow-Up Care for Survivors
  • Seasons of Family Caregivers' Survivorship
  • Dissemination and Implementation Research and Designing for Dissemination
  • The American Cancer Society Studies of Cancer Survivors
  • New Groups of Cancer Survivors: Those Surviving Second Cancers, Recurrence, and Advanced Disease
  • Health Disparities: The Many Faces of Survivorship
  • Cancer Survivorship and Aging: An Evolving Science
  • Coping with Cancer: Evidence-Based Interventions for Cancer-Related Emotional Distress
  • Patient Communication and Decision-Making Across the Survivorship Experience
  • Health Services Research and Cancer Survivorship: Evaluating Costs and Medical Care Patterns Among Cancer Survivors