Cancer research is more than just scientists in a laboratory. At Moncrief Cancer Institute, our lab is our entire community – and the people we help. We’re currently engaged in several population-based research studies that span the cancer experience, from prevention and early detection to survivorship.
Breast Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation
Under the direction of Keith Argenbright, M.D., Moncrief Cancer Institute partners with other medical facilities and cancer organizations to provide mammography screenings and diagnostic procedures to women in more than 30 counties surrounding Tarrant County. The Breast Screening Prevention and Navigation Program, funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), has screened thousands of women since its inception on June 2010. Our research-based program eliminates geographic and financial barriers for women who qualify for the program.
Colorectal Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation
Along with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Moncrief is spearheading an evidence-based prevention program designed to boost colorectal cancer awareness. Funded by a three-year grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the program targets an underinsured, vulnerable population within our community. Participation has increased dramatically by providing a less expensive and more convenient alternative to having a colonoscopy.
Cervical Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation
Moncrief Cancer Institute has helped fulfill a persistent and essential need for comprehensive cervical cancer screening in North Texas. Moncrief offers Pap tests at its Fort Worth location, aboard its Mobile Cancer Clinic and at partner hospitals throughout North Texas. Our navigation teams help patients through the screening and further testing if needed. Funding is provided by grants from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
Lung Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation
Moncrief Cancer Institute's lung cancer screening and tobacco-cessation program includes collaboration with an established network of community partners to provide lung cancer education, screening and counseling to residents in North and Central Texas. The CPRIT-funded porgram provides a much-needed addition in rural and underserved communities. Within the service region, approximately 15 percent of residents between the ages of 55 and 74 reported being active smokers, and the incidence of lung cancer is 61 per 100,000 residents, exceeding the state’s rate of 54.8 per 100,000. The mortality rate is also higher for this region: 44.9 per 100,000 compared with 40.4 per 100,000 in Texas. Lung cancer screening and tobacco-cessation programming for the service area is sparse, particularly for the priority population the project intends to serve.
Hepatitis C Screening and Patient Navigation
Moncrief Cancer Institute launched a research-based screening initiative to help address the rising incidence of liver cancer in Texas, which has the second-highest rate in the nation. Through the CPRIT-funded program, Moncrief Cancer Institute provides a simple blood test to screen for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, a precursor to liver cancer.