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Guadalupe Palos, RN, LMSW, DrPH

Dr. Palos is clinical research manager in the office of survivorship in the division of medical affairs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to being a nurse scientist in symptom management, she is licensed in Texas as a masters-prepared social worker and as a registered nurse. 

As the principal investigator of a five-year research award funded by the National Cancer Institute, “Effects of Cancer Symptom on Minority Caregiver,” Dr. Palos is examining the effects of underserved cancer patients’ symptoms on the physical and psychological health of minority and non-minority caregivers. Dr. Palos’ publications on caregivers symptom burden, cancer prevention, cultural competency and cancer pain management have appeared in journals such as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer, Journal of Pain, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  

Dr. Palos received a nursing degree at San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Texas, and a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She received a Doctorate in Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas.   

Dr. Palos serves on the LIVESTRONG Centers of Excellence advisory board and the patient services committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is actively involved in other community service activities advocating for cancer patients, caregivers and their families. She also serves as co-chair for the MD Anderson survivorship research advisory workgroup and is a member of the survivorship steering committee of MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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