Golfers Against Cancer Funds Jamie Studts, PhDFeb 17, 2021
The Denver chapter of Golfers Against Cancer, which opened in 2009, named Jamie Studts, PhD, a beneficiary of one of three grants for cancer research and clinical trials. Founded in 1997, Golfers Against Cancer is a national organization created by a group of Houston golfers who, after losing two golfing buddies to cancer, started raising money for cancer research.
Funding will support research partnerships with rural lung cancer screening programs and explore opportunities to improve access to and delivery of high quality lung cancer screening across Colorado. Dr. Studts, professor in the Division of Medical Oncology and co-leader of the CU Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention & Control Program, hopes to increase the number of individuals at higher risk for lung cancer who come in every year for a low dose computed tomography-based lung cancer screening. Together with a diverse group of researchers and clinician-scientists, Dr. Studts aims to raise awareness about the screening, making it comparable to that of a colonoscopy or mammography.
“Along with our colleagues at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida and the LUNGevity Foundation, we have developed the Engaged Approach to Lung Cancer Screening with the goal of improving adherence to the lung cancer screening algorithm,” says Dr. Studts. “Like other cancer screening programs, lung cancer screening is a process, rather than a single event. We have adopted an implementation science perspective to test the feasibility of a new approach to lung cancer screening that emphasizes person-centered care principles and community engagement to mitigate barriers to optimal screening by facilitating adherence to the recommended screening protocol.”