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Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Angola

Bria Meyer, MD, and Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha  / August 10, 2017

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this special feature on the worldwide cancer burden. Each installment focuses on a country from one of the six regions of the world, as defined by the World Health Organization (ie, Africa, the Americas, South-East Asia, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, and ...

Global Cancer Care
Health-Care Policy

World Health Assembly’s New Cancer Resolution Reflects New Realities

Caroline McNeil  / July 10, 2017

The World Health Assembly (WHA)—the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO)—adopted a long-expected cancer resolution at its 2017 meeting, the body’s first resolution on cancer in 12 years and the first to emphasize, among other issues, the accessibility and affordability of canc...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Albania

Amanda McIntyre, BS, and Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS  / November 25, 2016

The ASCO Post is pleased to present this special focus on the worldwide cancer burden. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the world.  For the convenience of the reader, each issue will focus on one country from one of the six regions of...

Global Cancer Care

Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital Partner to Bring Fellowship Training in Oncology and Hematology to East Africa

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

Medical students and practicing pediatricians in Uganda and other East African countries lack access to specialty pediatric training and education in oncology and hematology in their region, despite the need for doctors to provide care for patients with cancer and blood disorders. A new program of B...

Issues in Oncology
Supportive Care

ASCO’s 2016 Quality Training Program: Meet the First International Participant From Greece

Ronald Piana  / August 25, 2016

The QTP [Quality Training Program] provides a set of tools to identify problems in your particular health-care setting and also the systematic and methodic approach you need to follow to address those problems. — Georgios Rigakos, MD Launched in 2014, ASCO’s Quality Train...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Israel

Eliezer Robinson, MD; Miri Ziv, MA; and Lital Keinan-Boker, MD, PhD  / April 10, 2016

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this special feature on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Israel. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the world. For the...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Argentina

Eduardo L. Cazap, MD, PhD, FASCO  / December 10, 2015

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this special feature on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Argentina. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the world. For ...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer‑Related Mortality in Algeria

Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS  / November 10, 2015

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this special focus on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Algeria. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the world. For the ...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates Worldwide

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2015

As discussed in the new series “Global Oncology Burden”, analysis of the cancer burden based on the regions as divided by the World Health Organization (WHO) (ie, Africa, the Americas, South-East Asia, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, and Western Pacific), reveals the marked differences (see Table 1)....

Lung Cancer

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Partners With Cuban Scientists to Develop Lung Cancer Vaccine

Jo Cavallo  / September 10, 2015

Just 4 months after President Barack Obama’s announcement in December 2014 that there would be an easing of the trade embargo between the United States and Cuba, a deal was struck between Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, and the Center for Molecular Immunology (CIM) in Havana, Cub...

Issues in Oncology

Access to Cancer Medicines Not Uniform Across Europe

Caroline Helwick  / September 10, 2015  / 29133

Access to cancer medicines—including some old standbys—is inconsistent across Europe, depriving many patients of treatments that are the standard of care elsewhere,1 according to Alexandru E. Eniu, MD, PhD, Chair of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Emerging Countries Committee and He...

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Global Cancer Care

Noncommunicable Diseases Are the Leading Cause of Death in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Jo Cavallo  / April 25, 2015

The greatest health threat to people living in low- and middle-income countries is no longer infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, which has seen a 33% decline in the global rate of new infections since 2001.1 It is the rise of noncommunicable diseases (including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and dia...

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Global Oncology Launches Global Cancer Project Map With NCI

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2015

Nonprofit Global Oncology, Inc (GO) announced the launch of the Global Cancer Project Map, a novel online resource and virtual information exchange connecting the global cancer community. Developed by Global Oncology in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health,...

AACR CEO Discusses the Global Status of Cancer at Seminar in Turin, Italy

The ASCO Post  / December 15, 2014

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), recently spoke at the Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (IRCC) in Turin, Italy, on November 25. Her lecture was titled “Reflections on the Global Cancer Research Landscape.” The a...

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Gastrointestinal Cancer

IARC Calls on Countries With High Stomach Cancer Burden to Act to Prevent the Disease

The ASCO Post  / October 15, 2014

A new report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization, urges health authorities of countries with high stomach cancer burden to include stomach cancer in their national cancer control programs and allocate more resources to control the d...

Breast Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Breaking the Silence About Breast Cancer in the Arab World

Ronald Piana  / October 15, 2014

In 1974, First Lady Betty Ford spoke publicly about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Remarkably, at the time of her action, public discussion of breast cancer in the United States was seen as off limits. Four decades later, cultural barriers to women’s health still exist, particularly in t...

Global Cancer Care

Effective Prevention Measures Urgently Needed to Prevent Global Cancer Crisis

The ASCO Post  / October 15, 2014

Earlier this year the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization, launched a World Cancer Report 2014. The report, a collaboration of over 250 leading scientists from more than 40 countries, described multiple aspects of cancer research and control...

Gynecologic Cancers
Global Cancer Care

Rwanda Offers Women Free Cervical Cancer Screening, HPV Vaccination

The ASCO Post  / September 15, 2014

Cervical cancer is one of the major killers among women in Rwanda, and with the support of Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, the country is rolling out a free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and cervical cancer screening program in collaboration with Marck, Qiagen (a Dutch pharmaceutical...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care
Health-Care Policy

Delivering Cancer Care in Low-Income Countries

Ronald Piana  / September 15, 2014

In eealthy industrialized nations like the United States, escalating costs of cancer care have put the term “cost-effective care” on the forefront of health-care policy discussions. However, the cost issues we wrestle with in our $3 trillion health-care system are vague abstractions for much of the ...

Gynecologic Cancers
Global Cancer Care

Gynecologic Cancer Care: Collaboration With Resource-Challenged Ethiopia

Ronald Piana  / September 1, 2014

Over the past 40 years, largely because of universal Pap screening, cervical cancer deaths have been drastically reduced in the United States and other wealthy industrialized countries. However, cervical cancer is still a leading cause of cancer death among women in resource-challenged areas of the ...

Issues in Oncology

NIH Awards Two New Grants to Explore the Understanding of Genomics Research in Africa

The ASCO Post  / September 1, 2014

Two grants totaling more than $300,000 will support studies on genomic literacy among Africans as it relates to research conducted in Africa by African investigators. The 3-year grants are part of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) program, funded by the National Institutes of Health...

Pioneering Medical Oncologist Remembers a Time Before the Subspecialty Was Created

Ronald Piana  / August 15, 2014

While the first written record of cancer dates back to ancient Egypt, the history of modern oncology is fairly short, dating back only slightly more than half a century. Clinical trials in the early days of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the emerging cooperative groups were led by a relativ...

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African Medical Education Is Being Transformed by U.S. Program

The ASCO Post  / August 15, 2014

Medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is being revitalized and expanded through a U.S.-funded effort that is dramatically increasing enrollment, broadening curricula, upgrading Internet access, and providing cutting-edge skills labs and other technologies. In the first substantial publication by ...

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From Ireland to America and Back, Patrick G. Johnston, MD, PhD, Thrives on Bringing Research Findings to Clinical Practice

Ronald Piana  / July 25, 2014

Patrick G. Johnston, MD, PhD, FMedSci, Professor of Oncology and President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, grew up in Derry, a city in Northern Ireland. Derry is distinct in being Ireland’s only remaining fully intact walled city, considered one of the finest examples of a walled ...

Survivorship
Global Cancer Care

Improving Quality of Life in Cancer Survivors

Eliezer Robinson, MD, Sara Gafni, MA, RN, Ella Muller, MA, RN, and Ronit Leiba, MA  / May 15, 2014

The number of cancer survivors has been steadily increasing in recent years. According to the Ministry of Health National Cancer Registry, in 2010 there were 254,000 cancer survivors in Israel (3.3% of the population) compared with 15,700 (0.4% of the population, P < .005) in 1975.1 Forty years a...

Breast Cancer

National Program to Screen Ashkenazi Women in Israel for BRCA Mutations Is Being Explored

Charlotte Bath  / March 15, 2014

Citing a World Health Organization report that lists Israel as having one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world, The New York Times reported on a proposed screening program to identify women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.1 “A number of influential geneticists and cancer doctors from va...

Global Cancer Care

Reports From the IPOS/AORTIC Travel Scholars

The ASCO Post  / February 1, 2014

Eight individuals were awarded travel scholarships allowing them to attend the IPOS/AORTIC Program (International Psycho-Oncology Society/African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer) and share their experiences and efforts toward improving the psychosocial care of patients with cancer i...

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Aftermath of the AIDS Pandemic: Cancer Care in Botswana  

Ronald Piana  / October 15, 2013

The Republic of Botswana is slightly smaller than the state of Texas and with a population of just over 2 million people it is one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries. Botswana was among Africa’s poorest countries at the time it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. Since...

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View From a Cancer Ward in Botswana 

Ronald Piana  / October 15, 2013

Julie Livingston, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is also an African historian with interdisciplinary training in public health and anthropology. Among other issues, her work considers the challenges of delivering oncology services in southern Africa, where there is a ...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

ASCO Joins a Global Alliance to Enable Responsible Sharing of Genomic and Clinical Data

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2013

ASCO has joined more than 70 leading health care, research, and disease advocacy organizations from around the world in taking the first steps to form an international alliance dedicated to enabling secure sharing of genomic and clinical data. The cost of genome sequencing has fallen one-million fol...

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Survey Shows Public's Knowledge of Cancer Progress Is Rising, But Myths Persist 

Jo Cavallo  / March 15, 2013

People are more optimistic today about their chances of surviving cancer, according to findings from a new international survey commissioned by Lilly Oncology. The phone survey of 4,341 individuals (including people in the general population, cancer survivors, and caregivers) in six countries (the U...

Global Cancer Care

Despite Challenges, Initiatives Bring Gradual Improvements to Cancer Care in Lebanon

Ronald Piana  / September 1, 2012

Nagi S. El Saghir, MD, FACP, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Hematology-Oncology at the American University of Beirut, is the founding President of the Lebanese Society of Medical Oncology (LSMO). Dr. El Saghir has focused much of his research on the early detection, prevention, and treatment of ...

Global Cancer Care
Health-Care Policy

Cancer Care in Rwanda: A Model of Creative Partnerships

Ronald Piana  / July 15, 2012

While disparities in cancer care remain problematic in wealthy industrial nations like the United States, the challenges faced in poorer regions of the world are, by comparison, inestimable. Nationally regarded health-care expert Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is part of a...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer Care in India: Complex Challenges in a Populous Nation

Ronald Piana  / May 15, 2012

With 1.22 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. Experts project that cancer incidence in India will increase by more than two-thirds over the next 20 years, to approximately 1.7 million new cases per year. Due to a range of economic and social issues, most of India’...

Global Trials: Do Benefits Outweigh Pitfalls?

Caroline Helwick  / November 15, 2011

Global clinical trials have many advantages and are essential in many disease settings, but there are also challenges that confront global industry-sponsored research, said Sandra Horning, MD, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Clinical Development in Hematology/Oncology for Genentech (Table 1...

Global Cancer Care

A Prominent Oncologist Retraces Her Steps from Baghdad

Ronald Piana  / July 15, 2011

Maha Hussain, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Urology, is the Associate Director for Clinical Research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC) and Co-leader of its Prostate Cancer/GU Oncology program. Dr. Hussain recently spoke with The ASCO Post about becoming a doctor...

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