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global cancer care

Global Incidence of Undiagnosed Pediatric Cancers

Nearly half of all childhood cancers are not being diagnosed globally, according to a new modeling study published by Ward et al in The Lancet Oncology. “Our model suggests that nearly one in two children with cancer are never diagnosed and may die untreated,” said lead...

gynecologic cancers
issues in oncology
global cancer care

Modeling Study of Scaled-up HPV Vaccination and Cervical Cancer Screening

In a modeling study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Simms et al detailed the preventive effects on cervical cancer that could be achieved by scaled-up human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and cervical screening efforts with the aim of disease elimination. The major modeling projections are...

issues in oncology
global cancer care

World Cancer Day 2019: Emphasis on Early Detection

World Cancer Day 2019—February 4—highlights the need for urgent action to increase early-stage cancer detection, screening, and diagnosis to significantly improve patients’ chances of survival. Taking place with the theme of “I Am and I Will,” World Cancer...

issues in oncology
global cancer care

Patient Navigation Program Reduces Time to Treatment in Patients With Cancer

Global Cancer Institute recently announced the results of its Patient Navigation Program in Mexico City. The average time to referral before the program’s inception was 5 months, but the implementation of patient navigators reduced that average to 7 days. These findings were published by ...

lung cancer
issues in oncology
global cancer care

Lung Cancer Mortality Among Women Projected to Increase by 43% Worldwide by 2030

According to a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, cancer is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with an estimated incidence of 14 million new cases of the disease and 8.2 million cancer deaths in 2012. A study analyzing breast and female lung...

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ESMO Emphasizes Importance of Cancer on the Global Health Agenda at the 71st World Health Assembly

At the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) delivered two statements positioning cancer as a priority on the global agenda of the World Health Organization (WHO). Presenting its recommendations for action to the international community,...

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CONCORD-3: Global Surveillance of Cancer Survival Trends, 2000–2014

In an article in The Lancet, Allemani et al reported findings from the CONCORD program for global surveillance of cancer survival trends updated through 2014 (CONCORD-3).   Study Details CONCORD-3 includes data on 37.5 million patients diagnosed with cancer between 2000 and 2014 from...

global cancer care

Rakesh Chopra, MD, on Global Health Care: Expert Perspective

Rakesh Chopra, MD, of India’s Artemis Hospitals, discusses ASCO’s Role in global cancer care and the issues he finds most pressing.

issues in oncology
global cancer care

ESTRO 2017: ESTRO Announces GIRO, a Project to Save 1 Million Lives in Under 20 Years

Although radiation therapy is an essential part of modern cancer treatment, and is indicated for about half of all new cancer patients, facilities for its provision are sadly lacking in many countries worldwide. Indeed, 29 out of 52 African nations have no radiotherapy facilities whatsoever. At the ...

cost of care
global cancer care
breast cancer

Peter Bach, MD, on The Global Cost of Cancer Care

Peter Bach, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, summarizes his plenary lecture on drug costs and their effect on the affordability of cancer care worldwide (Plenary Lecture 3).

issues in oncology
global cancer care

ASTRO 2016: Unmet Need for Radiation Therapy Found Among Nearly Half of Eligible Cancer Patients in Nine Developing Countries

Although approximately 50% of cancer patients in developing countries need radiation therapy to treat their disease, up to half of these patients do not have access to it, according to research presented by Rosenblatt et al at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology...

global cancer care
issues in oncology
palliative care

Emily Haozous, PhD, RN, on Cultural Differences in End-of-Life Care

Emily Haozous, PhD, RN, of the University of New Mexico, discusses health disparities and cultural differences in palliative and end-of-life care, with case study examples drawn from American Indian communities.

pain management
global cancer care
palliative care

James F. Cleary, MD, on Global Access to Opioids

James F. Cleary, MD, of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, talks about the many reasons that 80% of the world’s population lacks access to opioids, the mainstay of cancer pain management.

lung cancer
cost of care
global cancer care

Swiss Study Examines Cost-Effectiveness of Nivolumab vs Docetaxel in Advanced Nonsquamous NSCLC

Nivolumab, a checkpoint inhibitor approved for patients with squamous and nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in 2015, is not cost-effective when compared to treatment with docetaxel, chemotherapy medication. However, a Swiss analysis showed the cost-effectiveness of nivolumab is...

global cancer care

Rakesh Chopra, MD, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, on The Indian Perspective of the Current State of Cancer Research and Treatment

Rakesh Chopra, MD, of the Artemis Health Institute, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, of Princess Margaret Hospital, discuss oncology from an international point of view.

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Nagi S. El-Saghir, MD, PhD, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, on The Middle Eastern Perspective of Cancer Research

Nagi S. El-Saghir, MD, of the American University of Beirut, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, of the Princess Margaret Hospital, discuss oncology from an international point of view.

global cancer care

Eduardo L. Cazap, MD, PhD, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, on The South American Perspective of Cancer Research

Eduardo L. Cazap, MD, PhD, of the Latinamerican & Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, of the Princess Margaret Hospital, discuss oncology from an international point of view.

cost of care
global cancer care

ASCO 2016: Vast Differences Globally in Cancer Drug Retail Prices

A pilot study revealed large differences in median retail prices for 23 cancer drugs in 7 different countries, with the highest retail prices identified in the United States and the lowest, in India and South Africa. Notably, after the monthly drug price is expressed as a percentage of domestic...

global cancer care

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, and Daniel A. Goldstein, MD: Expert Perspectives on Issues in Global Cancer Care

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, of Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and Daniel A. Goldstein, MD, of the Rabin Medical Center, discuss global challenges in cancer care, including treating patients in areas lacking resources, and cancer drug price disparities (Abstract LBA6500).

global cancer care

Unique Fellowship Aims to Lessen Global Cancer Burden by Training Foreign Medical Graduates in Surgical Oncology

Many low- and middle-income countries do not have a defined medical specialty in surgical oncology, and lack an educational infrastructure to respond to the local burden of cancer, but a Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) fellowship is succeeding in addressing this problem by training...

palliative care
issues in oncology
global cancer care

Site of Death, Health-Care Utilization, and Hospital Expenditures for Patients Dying With Cancer in Developed Countries

In a study reported in JAMA, Bekelman et al assessed the site of death, health-care utilization, and hospital expenditures among patients aged ≥ 65 years dying with cancer in Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United States. The United States had lower...

lung cancer
global cancer care

Study Finds 36% Increase in Number of Male Smokers in India Over 17 Years

The number of men smoking tobacco in India rose by more than one third to 108 million between 1998 and 2015, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ Global Health. The study also found that cigarettes were replacing the traditional bidi, a small, inexpensive Indian cigarette,...

global cancer care

Tony Mok, MD, and James O. Armitage, MD, on The Current State of Cancer Research and Treatment: The Asian Perspective

James O. Armitage, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Tony Mok, MD, of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, discuss oncology from an international point of view.

global cancer care
gynecologic cancers

Eduardo Cazap, MD, PhD, and James O. Armitage, MD, on The Current State of Cancer Research and Treatment: The Latin American Perspective

Eduardo Cazap, MD, PhD, of the Latin American & Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology, and James O. Armitage, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discuss oncology from an international point of view.

global cancer care
cost of care

John Smyth, MD, on The Current State of Cancer Research and Treatment: The European Perspective

John Smyth, MD, of the University of Edinburgh, discusses oncology from an international point of view.

global cancer care
health-care policy

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, on Cancer Care in Resource-Challenged Areas

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss the delivery of cancer care in resource-constrained settings such as Rwanda and Haiti, and plans to conduct research in basic tumor biology of patients in these...

palliative care
global cancer care

Irene Higginson, MD, on Palliative and End-of-Life Care: An International Perspective

Irene Higginson, MD, of Cicely Saunders International, discusses the goals of psychosocial palliative care for patients around the world with advanced cancer.

supportive care
global cancer care

Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C, and Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD, on IPOS-APOS Themes of This Year’s Meeting

Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C, of the National Cancer Institute, and Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center, discuss the highlights of this year’s meeting, which for the first time brings together the international and American psychosocial oncology societies.

global cancer care
supportive care

Bradley J. Zebrack, PhD, and Ursula Sansom-Daly, PhD, on Global Psychosocial Standards of Care for Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Bradley J. Zebrack, PhD, of the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and Ursula Sansom-Daly, PhD, of the University of New South Wales, talk about providing supportive care services that meet the unique needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer.

global cancer care

Christoph Zielinski, MD: Highlights of 2015 European Cancer Congress

As Chair of the ECC Local Organizing Committee, Christoph Zielinski, MD, of the Medical University Vienna - General Hospital, shares his thoughts on the important goals and presentations of the 2015 Congress.

global cancer care

Mary K. Gospodarowicz, MD, on Challenges in Cancer Control

Mary K. Gospodarowicz, MD, of Princess Margaret Hospital, discusses the work of the Global Task Force on Radiotherapy for Cancer Control and its efforts to improve access to vital radiation treatment worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

global cancer care

Looking Ahead With the New ECCO President: Peter L. J. Naredi, MD, PhD

Incoming ECCO President, Peter L. J. Naredi, MD, PhD, of the University of Gothenburg, discusses his upcoming year as the new ECCO President, his vision for the organization, and his views on cancer treatment today.

global cancer care

Milena Sant, MD, on The Latest Findings From the EUROCARE 5 Study

Milena Sant, MD, of Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, discusses the question of whether Europe is doing better in cancer care since the 1990s (Abstract LBA1).

global cancer care

New International Innovation Grant Directly Supports Research Projects in Developing Countries

The Conquer Cancer Foundation and ASCO International have just launched a new research funding opportunity, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO International Innovation Grant, which directly supports research being conducted by investigators in low- and middle-income countries. Advancing Cancer...

breast cancer
global cancer care

Zhe-Bin Liu, MD, PhD, of China Receives 2013 Long-Term International Fellowship in Breast Cancer

Zhe-Bin Liu, MD, PhD, of Shanghai Cancer Center, Fudan University, China, is the recipient of the 2013 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Long-Term International Fellowship (LIFe) in Breast Cancer, generously supported by The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The LIFe provides early-career...

global cancer care

International Cancer Corps Provides Valuable First-Time Volunteer Experience 

Even as oncologists try to tackle the changing landscape of health care in the United States, many realize that both physicians and patients in this country are still in a better position than those fighting cancer abroad in low- and middle-income countries. In 2009, ASCO joined with Health...

global cancer care

Conquer Cancer Foundation Funds Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries for the First Time

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology has announced the four recipients of the inaugural 2014 International Innovation Grant, which is a new program that underscores the Foundation’s continued commitment to improving the care of patients worldwide. The 1-year...

global cancer care

ASCO Member Helps to Strengthen Cancer Care Internationally Through Philanthropy and Volunteer Service

Ian F. Tannock, MD, PhD, DSc, FASCO, Professor of Medical Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital and University of Toronto, has long been an advocate for ASCO as a truly global society and a leader in cancer care worldwide. It’s something he encouraged during his time on ASCO’s Board of Directors,...

global cancer care

Conquer Cancer Foundation Launches New Planned Giving Website

In November of 2013, the Conquer Cancer Foundation partnered with the Stelter Company—one of the leaders of planned giving resources in the nonprofit community—to launch a new planned giving portal on the Foundation’s website. The planned giving portal focuses on the variety of ways individuals can ...

global cancer care

Serving the Underserved: Dr. Gina Villani and ASCO’s Health Disparities Committee Work to Minimize Cancer Care Gaps

It has been a little over a decade since the Institute of Medicine landmark report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care found overwhelming evidence of racial disparities in the U.S. health-care system. Since then, ASCO has been dedicated to minimizing these...

global cancer care

American Society of Clinical Oncology Honors Researchers, Patient Advocates, and Leaders of the Global Oncology Community

Leaders in cancer care will be recognized as part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Special Awards Program at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting. The Special Awards recognize the dedication and significant contributions of researchers, patient advocates, and leaders of the global oncology...

global cancer care
breast cancer

Book Review: Breast Cancer, Break the Silence

This date has a special place in my heart, as well as the hearts of my children, my family and my loved ones. It was the day when my life—and my priorities—took a whole new direction.” So begins Breast Cancer, Break the Silence, a slim yet powerful and highly revealing booklet by Saudi Arabian...

global cancer care

ASCO Seeks Editor for New Global Oncology Journal

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is seeking candidates for the position of founding Editor-in-Chief for a new online-only, open-access journal focusing on cancer care, research, and care delivery issues unique to limited health-care resource countries and settings. The new journal...

hematologic malignancies
global cancer care

ASH Pairs Hematologists From Developing and Developed Nations for Global Training Program

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) recently announced the 20 hematologists and other medical professionals selected to participate in the 2014 ASH Visitor Training Program. This program provides talented hematologists, scientists, and laboratory staff from developing countries the opportunity ...

global cancer care

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

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...

global cancer care

Save the Date: World Cancer Day 2015

Have you marked your calendar for World Cancer Day? Each year on February 4, World Cancer Day unites people from across the globe in the fight against cancer. The initiative is organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise cancer awareness and encourage governments and...

global cancer care

Researcher Spotlight on Conquer Cancer Foundation International Innovation Grant Recipient Mya Thida, MBBS

In 2014, Mya Thida, MBBS, of Myanmar, was awarded one of the first-ever Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO International Innovation Grants. This grant was created to fund novel research projects that may significantly improve cancer control in low- and middle-income countries. One year later, Dr....

global cancer care

Cancer Control in Primary Care Courses Offered in India

ASCO International’s mission is to optimize care for every patient with cancer in the world. To achieve that goal, it is critical to establish collaborations in all sectors of the health-care system. ASCO International’s newest course, Cancer Control in Primary Care, helps to address this need by...

global cancer care

Measuring Global Health Issues, Seven Billion Times

BOOKMARK Title: Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion PatientsAuthor: Jeremy N. SmithPublisher: Harper WavePublication date: April 7, 2015Price: $26.99; hardcover, 352 pages Health measures are essential tools in assessing public health and safety. Collecting large amounts of data is a laborious ...

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