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CoC Annual Research Paper Competition

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) hosts an annual paper competition for physicians-in-training to foster the importance of oncologic research in support of its mission. Judging is based on originality, scientific merit, and clinical relevance to oncology and the mission of the CoC.

2020 Cancer Research Paper Competition

The deadline for submissions to the 2020 Cancer Research Paper Competition has closed. Winners will be announced in September.

How to Apply

2019 Cancer Research Paper Competition Winners

Jennifer L. Leiting, MDFirst Place

Jennifer L. Leiting, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Paper title: Temsirolimus is Effective Against Patient-Derived Metastatic Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma In Vitro and In Vivo

Awarded a $1,000 honorarium plus travel expenses to present her research at the CoC Annual Plenary Meeting, October 27, 2019. Eligible for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Abstract | Poster

Pamela W. Lu, MDSecond Place

Pamela W. Lu, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Paper title: Systemic chemotherapy does not prolong survival in patients with metastatic low grade appendiceal mucinous adenocarcinoma

Awarded $500

Abstract | Poster

Stephen Abel, DO, MHSAThird Place

Stephen Abel, DO, MHSA
Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Paper title: Utilization of Adjuvant Radiotherapy for Resected Colon Cancer and Its Effect on Outcome

Awarded $500

Abstract | Poster