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Survivorship and Cancer Outcomes Research

SCOR: Survivorship & Cancer Outcomes Research Initiative logo

Founded in 2022 to meet the needs of the growing population of cancer survivors and their caregivers, the Survivorship and Cancer Outcomes Research (SCOR) Initiative at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center provides a transdisciplinary hub for collaboration between clinicians and researchers in survivorship, cancer care delivery and cancer outcomes. SCOR’s founding mission is to:

SCOR mission part 1: deliver evidence-based, equitable, accessible and patient-centered care to cancer survivors
SCOR mission part 2: foster transformative and paradigm-changing research in cancer survivorship, outcomes and care delivery
SCOR mission part 3: establish a pipeline to inspire, train and retain the next generation of survivorship and cancer care delivery researchers
graphic showing cancer survivor growth from 18 million in 2021 to 22 million in 2030 to 26 million in 2040

Responding to the need

In 2021, there were 18 million cancer survivors in the United States. This number is expected to grow to 26 million by 2040. Two out of three cancer survivors are now alive more than 5 years after their diagnosis, and two out of three cancer survivors are now above the age of 65. It is increasingly recognized that this growing population has unique and complex health care needs.

 

Using research to improve survivorship care

To fulfill its mission, SCOR brings together cancer researchers with expertise in behavioral science, biostatistics, clinical informatics, clinical trials, health care delivery, health economics, implementation science, mHealth, patient-reported outcomes and symptom management from across the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions.

Clinician members of SCOR have a wealth of expertise in cardio-oncology, financial counseling, nutrition, onco-primary care, pain management, palliative care, physical therapy, psycho-oncology, social work, speech language pathology and tobacco treatment.

The SCOR organizational structure provides a unique opportunity to leverage synergy between clinical oncology operations and survivorship and cancer outcomes research to decrease morbidity and improve quality of life among cancer survivors and their caregivers.

graphic showing SCOR research areas of behavioral science, biostatistics, clinical informatics, clinical trials, health care delivery, health economics, implementation science, mHealth, patient-reported outcomes, and symptom management and SCOR clinical care areas of cardio-oncology, education & support groups, financial counseling, nutrition, onco-primary care, pain management, palliative care, physical therapy, psycho-oncology, social work, speech pathology and tobacco treatment.

More about SCOR

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Clinical Care

SCOR delivers patient-centered care informed by the latest research to improve quality of life for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

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Research & Clinical Trials

SCOR researchers investigate survivorship from all angles and conduct clinical trials in order to find the best possible treatments for patients.

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Members

Led by Dr. Evan Graboyes, SCOR members include a multidisciplinary group of research and clinical faculty focused on moving survivorship care forward.

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Training Opportunities

Learn about training opportunities for researchers at all career stages who are interested in cancer survivorship, outcomes and care delivery.

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Seminars

SCOR holds seminars on a wide range of cancer survivorship topics featuring researchers from MUSC and other institutions.

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In the News

Check out a collection of news stories and videos highlighting SCOR and the latest discoveries from our doctors and researchers.

Get in touch

For more information about SCOR,
please contact:
Taylor Couper
Program Coordinator
Survivorship and Cancer Outcomes Research
coupert@musc.edu

For direct inquiries about research or scientific opportunities, please contact:
Evan Graboyes, M.D., MPH, FACS
Director
Survivorship and Cancer Outcomes Research
graboyes@musc.edu