Building a Cancer Education Program in the Modern Era: Lessons from Stone Soup

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In 2017, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced new guidelines for the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) application that requires reporting on education and career development activities in a section entitled, “Cancer Research Career Enhancement and Related Activities” (CRCERA). While these cancer education and training programs previously have been a required part of the CCSG application, the new guidelines require greater rigor in conducting and reporting these endeavors. In this commentary, I give my perspective of how I have built a cancer education program, first as a program director and then as an associate director of cancer education and mentoring, the critical role leadership plays in the process, and how I have recruited contributors to this educational “stone soup.”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-209
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, American Association for Cancer Education.


  • Cancer center support grant
  • Cancer education
  • Cancer research career enhancement and related activities
  • Faculty development
  • Leadership in education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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