UWFM Research Section Head Matthew Thompson and colleagues awarded funding by Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Matthew Thompson and colleagues Kari Stephens, Morhaf Al Achkar with collaborators at the School of Public Health, National Cancer Institute and the Universities of Cambridge and Leeds are excited to be one of a select few granted funding by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for a new 18 month research project called “Development and pilot testing of a measurement tool for the diagnosis of lung cancer.” Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death in the United States, and many patients have symptoms and repeated visits to health care providers in the months before diagnosis. This project will develop and test a new method for measuring and tracking the timeliness of the patient’s cancer trajectory from first onset of symptoms to final diagnosis of lung cancer. This measure will draw information from the electronic medical record as well as from patients and their caregivers. The goal of this measure is to identify places in the diagnostic pathway where improvements are needed to improve the early diagnosis and eventual outcomes for lung cancer. Congratulations, Research Team!