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Cancer Control Research Program

The Cancer Control Research Program at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center aims to foster population-based research that will lead to a reduction in cancer morbidity and mortality in South Carolina while providing scientific evidence and novel cancer control interventions that can be applied beyond the state’s borders. The program consists of 35 population health and physician scientists in 11 departments within the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing at MUSC. The state’s high cancer incidence and mortality rates, influenced in part by health disparities and historically high smoking rates, have shaped Hollings Cancer Center’s mission, goals, and priorities.

This is most apparent in the research conducted within the program, which is focused on two predominant themes: tobacco control and cancer health disparities.

Program members work collaboratively to address these themes through three specific aims:

  • Identification of Risk Factors: Identify etiological factors predisposing individuals and groups to cancer risk and poor outcomes.
  • Evidence-Based Interventions: Develop and translate interventions that modify risk behaviors, reduce cancer mortality, improve quality of life, and enhance survivorship.
  • Dissemination & Implementation: Develop and assess the strategies by which evidence-based cancer prevention interventions are disseminated and implemented at the community, systems, and policy levels.

Program Co-Leaders

Matthew J. Carpenter 

Matthew J. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
& Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine

Academic Focus: tobacco control, smoking cessation, nicotine dependence, cancer prevention & control, behavioral medicine

Ashish Deshmukh 

Ashish Deshmukh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public 
Health Sciences
College of Medicine

Academic Focus: cancer prevention & control, epidemiology, decision science, health economics, human papillomavirus (HPV), anal cancer, cervical cancer, oropharyngeal cancer

Featured Research

Dr. Gerard Silvestri and Dr. Marvella Ford stand together in a garden

Hollings received its first Stand Up to Cancer grant that will make it part of a group addressing lung cancer disparities.

Read the article

Health Disparities 

Hollings researchers see addressing health disparities as a key mission. Dedicated to serving the needs of everyone in the state, including in our rural and medically underserved areas, they are at the forefront of finding better ways to care for these populations.

See how our researchers are changing the standard of care for these populations.