Gap Cancer-603: Operationalize identified monitoring/preventative countermeasures.
Last Published:  07/29/22 01:33:20 PM (Central)
Responsible Element: Space Radiation (SR)
Status: Open

Identifying emerging technologies to detect and monitor pre-malignant disease with the goal of achieving early detection provides an opportunity to reduce the impact of radiation-induced disease on astronaut health. Following identification, standard protocols addressing testing frequency, thresholds for intervention, and best clinical practice guidelines will be established so the optimum level of surveillance and healthcare can be reasonably implemented in the astronaut corps while active as well as into their retirement.


Guidance from advisory boards/panels and working groups that integrate spaceflight research and operations relevant to crew health. 

Target for Closure
  • Develop plan for testing monitoring/preventative countermeasures to determine implementation feasibility in astronaut population including efficacy in reducing radiation-induced carcinogenesis, ease-of-use, use in healthy populations, stability, and feasibility for long duration missions.
  • Operationalize monitoring/preventative countermeasures for spaceflight (if applicable).
  • Comprehensive countermeasure strategy including monitoring, prevention, and of long-term health risks associated with radiation exposure.
  • Updated recommendations for clinical practice guidelines incorporating use of validated countermeasure toolkit.
  • Fitness for Duty Standard recommendations
Risk Risk of Radiation Carcinogenesis
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