CoC Annual Cancer Research Paper Competition





The Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the American Cancer Society hold an annual paper competition for physicians-in-training to promote the importance of oncology research in support of its mission.

Papers can be submitted in one of two categories:

  1. Clinical research
  2. basic science

First, second and third place winners will be selected in each category.





Cancer Research Paper Competition 2022









Details on the 2022 Cancer Research Communication Competition are available here.





2021 Cancer Research Paper Contest Winners

















David Hanna, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Title of the article: RSL3 induces ferroptosis via inhibition of GPX4 in papillary thyroid cancer.
Awarded $1,000 honorarium. Eligible for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Presentation | Summary
















Garett Steers, MD
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Article Title: Epigenetic Changes in Pancreatic Cancer with Pharmacological Ascorbate
Awarded $1,000 honorarium. Eligible for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Presentation | Summary

Clinical research

First place
















Sarah Kaslow, MD
NYU-Langone

Article title: Patient- and hospital-level determinants of guideline-compliant care have a significant impact on the overall survival of patients with gastric cancer. An analysis of the National Cancer Database.

Awarded $1,000 honorarium.

Presentation | Summary

The second place
















Michael Poulson, MD
Boston Medical Center

Title of the article: Racial segregation, colorectal cancer and the built environment: a structural equation modeling approach.

Awarded $500 honorarium.

Presentation | Summary

Third place
















Daniela Cocco, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Article title: Can axillary lymph node dissection be omitted in patients with node-limited breast cancer?

Awarded $500 honorarium.

Presentation | Summary




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