Virtual award ceremony for 2020 in Grants Symptom Management

November 5, 2020

With respect to our focus area of disease and treatment burden, our goal is to fund research to identify better approaches to prevent or treat acute or chronic symptoms and morbidities related to cancer and its treatment, and related caregiving. There is an unmet need to provide patients with more effective ways to reduce harmful symptoms and reduce cancer care costs related to poorly-controlled symptoms.

The Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management are awarded to recruit and retain young physician scientists committed to conducting symptom management research. This unique program provides the opportunity to secure up to four years of funding for early-career researchers as they transition from training to principal investigators and begin to set up labs to study symptom management. Funding is also allocated for the researcher’s mentor.

“One important way many people conquer cancer is by continuing to live well, staying engaged with family and friends, and maintaining work and hobbies. These generous grants from the Rising Tide Foundation are a promise to patients everywhere, with all types of cancer, that the best doctors are working to ensure their quality of life will not suffer during cancer treatment,” said Nancy R. Daly, MS, MPH, Conquer Cancer’s Chief Executive Officer.

This award was born through the input of a group of patient experts who met with Rising Tide last November at Gilda’s Club in Chicago. At the meeting, they highlighted the need for more patient-centric options in the areas of fatigue, anxiety, sexuality and weight gain.

Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, has also played a key role in working with us to gather the opinions of expert scientists. They have designed the award to allow researchers and mentors to enjoy focused and productive collaboration.

The RTFCCR is committed to encouraging more young talent to become interested in this important research area. We want to listen to the patient and researcher communities, and provide funding to support the best approaches to symptom management. We welcome you to contact us in the early stages of your research idea development so that we can gain an understanding of your needs assist you with the application process.

Putting the patient at the center of everything we do is core to who we are. Understanding the challenges they face as they go through treatment is an important part of the healing and recovery process. That’s why we feel so strongly about doing more for patients for their Symptom management.
Shawn Stephenson, Board Chairman RTFCCR

Award recipients

The Recipients of the 2020 Conquer Cancer – Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management are (from left to right):

Antonio Di Meglio, MD, Institut Gustave Roussy
“A Comprehensive Bio-behavioral Approach to Tackle Cancer-related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors”
Mentor: Ines Vaz-Luis, MD, PhD

Nicole Grogan, MD, University of Michigan Cancer Center
“A Single Center Phase 2 Trial to Evaluate Use of Cannabidiol (CBD) to Treat Aromatase Inhibitor- Associated Musculoskeletal Symptoms (AIMSS) in Early Stage Breast Cancer Patients”
Mentor: Norah Lynn Henry, MD, PhD

Daniel Lage, MD, MSc, Massachusetts General Hospital
“A Care Transition Intervention for Hospitalized Patients with Advanced Cancer”
Mentor: Jennifer Temel, MD

Risa Wong, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
“SUPPORT: Screening for Psychosocial Distress in Prostate Cancer and Offering Referrals for Treatment”
Mentor: John Gore, MD, MS



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