Expanding Cancer Screening Research Project Has Roots in UR CTSI-Funded Pilot Study
Cancer screening saves lives, but not everyone is up to date on their recommended screenings.
A 2018 pilot study funded by the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI) helped lay the foundation for an expanding research project testing whether a text-messaging intervention can boost screenings for cervical, colon and lung cancers. The UR CTSI-funded pilot study, which focused solely on cervical cancer, provided preliminary evidence that motivational text messages increased screening among patients who were in need.
The one-year $50,000 UR CTSI Faculty Pilot Award has since helped the research team secure a $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue the cervical cancer-focused study and two more pilot awards from the University of Rochester that have allowed the team to expand their research to colon and lung cancer screening.