Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE)
Cancer Outcomes Research & Education Program
Yawkey, Suite 10B
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
A gift may be made to the Mass General Cancer Center in support of the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE). Gifts can be made online or mailed to the MGH Development Office, attention: Meagan Coons, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks should be made payable to MGH Cancer Center. Please reference fund 222448. Make a gift.
Explore the Cancer Outcomes Research & Education Program
The Cancer Outcomes Research and Program (CORE) is a unique, collaborative research team with members from oncology, nursing, palliative care, psychiatry, and psychology. CORE's breadth of experience as investigators and clinicians enables the team to integrate multiple perspectives into a transdisciplinary research platform.
We conduct innovative research and educational programs to improve the experience and outcomes of patients and caregivers across the continuum of cancer care.
Our objectives are to:
- Increase health behaviors that reduce cancer risk and incidence.
- Improve care delivery, symptoms, and quality of life for patients and caregivers throughout their illness.
- Enhance the physical and psychosocial experience of cancer survivors.
By advancing the science of cancer care, we will ensure that all individuals affected by cancer receive the highest quality, state-of-the-art care that is personalized to their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.
- Cancer Prevention and Screening
- Behavioral Health and Self Care
- Symptom Management
- Palliative Care
- Health Disparities and Inequities
- Training and education
Education & Training
Annual Workshop on Methods in Supportive Oncology Research
Please stay tuned for details on our 2020 workshop. CORE faculty will host junior investigators from around the world for a week-long intensive workshop in supportive oncology research. This annual workshop provides an overview of fundamental methods in supportive oncology research, such as study designs, qualitative and survey methods, and approaches to data analysis.
CORE is a unique, collaborative research team with members from oncology, nursing, palliative care, psychiatry, and psychology.
- Clinical Director of Thoracic Oncology
- Co-Director, Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program
- Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
- Program Director, Center for Psychiatric Oncology & Behavioral Sciences
- Co-Director, Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program
- Assistant Professor of Psychology
NEJM: Early palliative care for patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer.
In this video, lead authors Jennifer Temel, MD and Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH discuss the findings of this landmark study.
A Decade of Discovery at the Mass General Cancer Center
In this video, meet three individuals, including Jennifer Temel, MD, who have a gift for developing the Everyday Amazing relationships that make the Mass General Cancer Center so special.
Team Photos & Highlights
2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting
CORE members (l-r) Areej El-Jawahri, MD, Daniel Lage, MD, Jamie Jacobs, PhD, Joseph Greer, PhD, Jennifer Temel, MD, and Ryan Nipp, MD at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Vicki Jackson appointed as inaugural incumbent of the Blum Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Care
(l-r) MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD; Marjorie Blum; Betty Ann Blum; CORE faculty member Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH; and Physician-in-Chief Katrina Armstrong celebrating Dr. Jackson’s appointment as the inaugural incumbent of the Blum Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Care, September 13, 2018.
1st Annual “Bridging the Divide: Mental Health and Cancer Care” Symposium
Members of CORE and the MGH Center of Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences (l-r) Donna Greenberg, MD, Amy Corveleyn, MSW, LICSW, Carlos Fernandez-Robles, MD, Kelly Irwin, MD, and Joseph Greer, PhD, at the 1st Annual “Bridging the Divide: Mental Health and Cancer Care” Symposium in May 2017.
“the one hundred” 2017
(l-r) Sanja Percac-Lima, MD with CORE faculty members Inga Lennes, MD, Elyse Park, PhD, Areej El-Jawahri, MD, and Kelly Irwin, MD at the MGH Cancer Center’s “the one hundred” 2017 gala on June 15, 2017 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.
Dr. Daniel Lage named a 2016 Conquer Cancer Foundation Medical Student Rotation Award
CORE Director Jennifer Temel, MD and CORE faculty member Areej El-Jawahri, MD with CORE member Daniel Lage, MD (center) at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Dr. Lage is a 2016 Conquer Cancer Foundation Medical Student Rotation Award recipient.
Dr. Jennifer Temel awarded 2017 Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
Jennifer Temel, MD receives the 2017 Award for Excellence in Scientific Research from the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Relay for Life 2017
CORE research team members at Relay for Life 2017 in East Boston, MA.
Lauren Fields awarded “Best Student Poster” at 2017 American Psychosocial Oncology Society conference
Research assistant Lauren Fields presents a poster at the 2017 American Psychosocial Oncology Society annual conference in Orlando, FL. Lauren was awarded “Best Student Poster” at the conference.
2018 MGH Clinical Research Day
CORE research coordinators at the 2018 MGH Clinical Research Day.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
CORE faculty member Lara Traeger, PhD and CORe Associate Director Joseph Greer, PhD volunteering at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event on the Charles River Esplanade.
News & Announcements
Dr. Jacobs featured in Coping with Cancer magazine
The article How to Cope with the Stress of Cancer, co-authored by Jamie Jacobs, PhD, was featured in the July/August 2019 issue of Coping with Cancer magazine.
Dr. Jackson appointed as inaugural incumbent of the Blum Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Care
Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH was appointed as the inaugural incumbent of the Blum Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Care during a celebration at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation on September 13, 2018. The newly established chair was made possible through the generosity of Betty Ann and Marjorie Blum, on behalf of their late parents Maxwell V. and Eleanor S. Blum, and is the first endowed chair with a focus on palliative care. The Blum Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Care will advance research, care and education in palliative care and will provide stable and flexible support to further Dr. Jackson’s research, teaching, and clinical care efforts. Congratulations, Vicki!
Dr. Temel to receive Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Endowed Award and Lecture
CORE Director Jennifer Temel, MD will be awarded the Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Endowed Award and Lecture by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in November 2018. Dr. Temel will accept her award and present a keynote lecture at the 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, which will be taking place in San Diego, CA November 16-17, 2018. Endowed by the Walther Cancer Foundation, this award and lecture was established to recognize a distinguished lecturer and leader with multiple, significant, and enduring contributions to palliative and supportive care in oncology through the prevention, assessment and management of cancer- and treatment-related suffering. The Walther Cancer Foundation supports and promotes interdisciplinary and inter-institutional bench and clinical cancer research, with a special commitment to supportive oncology, and it’s goal is to help build cancer programs that provide tangible benefits by expanding the world’s scientific knowledge. Congratulations, Jennifer!
Dr. El-Jawahri named as a “40 under 40 in Cancer” Rising Star and Emerging Leader for 2018
Areej El-Jawahri, MD was recently honored on June 2, 2018 at a reception in Chicago, IL as a 40 under 40 in Cancer awardee. This awards initiative was founded by McGivney Global Advisors and The Lynx Group to identify and recognize the contributions being made across the field of cancer by rising stars and emerging leaders under the age of 40 years old. Awardees were selected by a panel of reviewers from across diverse roles in oncology and represented the following categories: clinical and patient care professional; biopharma, diagnostics and devices; research, science and technology; government, regulatory and payer; and patient, advocacy and policy. Congratulations, Areej!
Dr. Nipp interviewed by ASCO Post at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting
CORE member Ryan Nipp, MD was recently interviewed by The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Post to discuss the trial results of an Electronic Symptom Monitoring study during the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. These results came from the “Randomized trial of a symptom monitoring intervention for hospitalized patients with cancer” trial that was conducted by the CORE group at MGH. To view the interview, please click here. To view the abstract for this trial, please click here.
In addition to this interview, Dr. Nipp and the CORE team also presented the following at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting: (1) “Randomized trial of a pharmacy intervention for older adults with cancer”; (2) “Addressing financial concerns of cancer clinical trial participants: Longitudinal outcomes of an equity intervention”; and (3) “The Clinician's Perspective on Discussing Costs With Patients”. Great job Ryan!