Five Breast Cancer Research Projects Receive State Funding

By Nancy Chan, UCSF News Services | September 19, 2006

Five UCSF research projects have been awarded funding by the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), which recently announced $9.8 million in grants to 53 new research projects around the state.

The CBCRP is the largest state-funded breast cancer research program in the nation, and was created by the state Legislature in 1993. It is funded through the voluntary tax check-off program on personal income tax form 540, a portion of the state tobacco tax and individual contributions.

Jeff Belkora, PhD, assistant adjunct professor and director of Decision Services at the UCSF Breast Care Center, is one of seven statewide recipients of the 2005 tax research donations fund. The seven projects were chosen based on what could make the greatest direct impact on Californians. His study, in collaboration with the Mendocino Cancer Resource Center, will look at telephone-based decision support for rural patients.

"Newly diagnosed patients are often too overwhelmed to think of all the questions they need to ask their doctor to make decisions about treatment," he said. "In rural areas with diverse populations, patients may face additional barriers such as distance or geographic isolation, and culture and language. We are studying how to provide decision support to diverse rural, underserved breast cancer patients so that they may participate more effectively in their care."


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