Oncology Worldwide

Global Cancer Care

Addressing the Global Cancer Burden

Ronald Piana  /  March 10, 2015

Since 1990, the annual global death toll from cancer has risen about 40%, and that number is projected to increase from the current level of approximately 8 million cancer deaths per year to more than 13 million by 2030. The poorer, resource-challenged regions of the world will suffer a disproportio...

Charting a New Course: From Clinical Investigator to University President

Jo Cavallo  /  September 10, 2015

What first intrigued Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, FACP, about the prospect of becoming the 16th President of the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon was the chance to give back to an institution and a country that had given him so much. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1963, Dr. Khuri was raised ...

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Pain Management

Inefficient Markets Impede Cancer Pain Relief

Meg O’Brien, PhD  /  March 1, 2012

The potent analgesic property of morphine was first isolated in 1804, and after more than 2 centuries morphine is still the gold standard for moderate to severe pain. It is relatively easy to produce, and compared to most pharmaceuticals, morphine is dirt-cheap. Therein lies the cruel conundrum: Mor...

Issues in Oncology
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...

Reflections from the Old World

John F. Smyth, MD  /  July 15, 2012

A few years ago, I was a key witness for a patent dispute at a trial in Delaware. Acting for the complainant, I was briefed that the opening gambit of the opposition lawyer would be to discredit my CV and, therefore, the value of my testimony. “So you are a full Professor at the University of Edinbu...

Global Cancer Care

Viral Infection and Liver Cancer: A Global Health Crisis

Ronald Piana  /  October 15, 2012

It is estimated that at least 15% of all cancers worldwide can be attributed to infectious etiologies, mostly viral infections. At this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting, an intriguing session on virally induced cancers provided critical clues that could be of real practical value in advancing our battle a...

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 ...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Global Oncology 2013: Disparities in Cancer Care 

The ASCO Post  /  December 15, 2013

While much progress has been made against cancer over the last century, a new report1 presented at the 2013 European Cancer Congress brings together evidence that not every patient benefits from it, nor even has the opportunity to benefit. The economics of cancer are daunting and the current model o...

Colorectal Cancer

Three Molecular Subtypes of Colorectal Cancer Identified 

Caroline Helwick  /  April 15, 2013

Intrinsic molecular subtyping in breast cancer has become clinically applicable, and the same could be happening for gastrointestinal tumors, according to an international study reported at the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco.1 While recent efforts have yielded prognostic a...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Launching Harmonized NCCN Guidelines for Sub-Saharan Africa

Caroline McNeil  /  December 10, 2017

Cancer care in Sub-Saharan Africa, as in other low-resource settings, can be a challenge: The right medications and equipment may be in short supply, maintaining equipment can be a problem, basic chemotherapy drugs may be unaffordable, and patients may not see doctors until the cancer is advanced. ...

Global Cancer Care

IPOS/AORTIC Conference Aims to Bring Comprehensive Care to Patients in Africa

Jo Cavallo  /  February 1, 2014

More than 1,000 scientists from 66 countries, including 32 of the 52 African countries, attended the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) 9th International Conference on Cancer in Africa, held this past November in Durban, South Africa. The theme of the 2013 meeting was ...

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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’...

UN Summit to Focus on Noncommunicable Diseases This Month

ASCO  /  September 1, 2011

For the second time since its inception 65 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly is holding a “High-level Meeting” that will focus on health. During the September 19–20 meeting, world leaders will shine a spotlight on the devastation that noncommunicable diseases are causing and have caused...

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Pain Management
Palliative Care

Untreated Cancer Pain Remains a Significant Global Problem

Ronald Piana  /  May 15, 2012

“Physicians are afraid of morphine … Doctors [in Kenya] are so used to patients dying in pain … they think that this is how you must die. They are suspicious if you don’t die this way — [and feel] that you died prematurely.” —Human Rights Watch interview with Dr. John Weru of Nairobi Hospice, Kenya...

Global Cancer Care

Lessons from a Northern Neighbor: A Conversation with Joseph M. Connors, MD

Ronald Piana  /  December 15, 2011

Policy analysts searching for a better understanding of health-care models often compare the cancer delivery systems of Canada and the United States. The ASCO Post recently spoke with Joseph M. Connors, MD, Clinical Professor and Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, Vancouv...

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...

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...

Global Cancer Care

From One to Many, Here and Around the World

ASCO  /  May 1, 2013

The Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards Program has grown tremendously in 30 years, from supporting just one researcher in the United States to thousands working around the world. These investigators are performing breakthrough research in all aspects of cancer and making discoveries that im...

Global Cancer Care

Treating Cancer in Japan: A Conversation with Kensei Tobinai, MD

Ronald Piana  /  September 15, 2011

In this installment of Oncology Worldwide, internationally regarded lymphoma expert and cancer survivor, Kensei Tobinai, MD, Chief, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, sheds light on the Japanese oncology experience. Medical Education What was the medical school experience in Japan like? Whe...

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Health-Care Policy

Cancer Care in the UK: A Conversation with Chris Parker, MD

Ronald Piana  /  September 1, 2011

In the contentious debate over rising health-care spending, the cancer care policies of the British National Health Service (NHS) are often cited by U.S. policymakers as an example of how health-care rationing denies patients life-prolonging treatments based on costs. The ASCO Post recently spoke wi...

Breast Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Global Women’s Cancer Summit: Collaboration Aims to Reduce Breast, Cervical Cancers

The ASCO Post  /  March 1, 2013

World leaders from governments, cancer organizations, and the private sector joined together recently for the first Global Women’s Cancer Summit to address the challenge of reducing the global burden of women’s cancers. The summit was hosted by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and underwritten by GE heal...

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...

Global Cancer Care

Slovenia’s First Medical Oncology Resident Reflects on His Career in a Rapidly Changing Field

Ronald Piana  /  December 25, 2017

Bostjan Seruga, MD, PhD, is a medical oncology consultant at the Insitute of Oncology Ljubljana and Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has published on barriers in global cancer research. The ASCO Post spoke with him recently about his career path, cancer care in Slov...

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...

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...

Global Cancer Care

ASCO International Expands to Improve Cancer Care Worldwide

ASCO  /  March 15, 2013

As a global community of cancer care providers in more than 100 countries around the world, ASCO is uniquely positioned to improve cancer patient outcomes worldwide—an opportunity that it has seized since the organization’s inception through numerous innovative programs. Building upon this foundatio...

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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,...

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

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

Mounika Addula, MBBS, Ujwal Yanala, MBBS, and Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha  /  September 10, 2018

GUEST EDITOR 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 Mediterr...

Global Cancer Care

Emerging Global Leaders in Biosimilar Development: Regulatory Guidance and Cost Impact

Rakesh Chopra, MD, and Gilberto Lopes, MD  /  September 10, 2017

BIOLOGICS PLAY A KEY ROLE in cancer treatment and are the principal components of many therapeutic regimens.1 However, they require complex manufacturing processes, resulting in high cost and occasional shortages in supply, limiting the accessibility of cancer treatment for many patients, more s...

FDA Strengthens International Collaboration to Ensure Quality, Safety of Imported Products

The ASCO Post  /  May 15, 2012

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, recently released the agency’s Global Engagement Report, detailing the many activities and strategies FDA is using to transform from a domestic to a global public health agency. The report describes the steps the agency is taking to ensure that imported fo...

Global Cancer Care
Health-Care Policy

Tobacco Remains the Dominant Global Risk Factor Underlying Cancer

Margot Fromer  /  November 1, 2011

Despite clear evidence that tobacco causes at least 18 types of cancer, as well as many other diseases, many people all over the world smoke or chew tobacco, or are exposed to secondhand smoke. Although smoking among Americans has declined slowly but steadily over the past 40 years, it remains the l...

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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...

Trailblazer in Argentinean Oncology Remains Optimistic about War on Cancer

Ronald Piana  /  August 15, 2012

Eduardo Cazap, MD, PhD, is founder and first President of the Latin American and Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM). In 2008, he was elected to a 2-year term as President of the International Union against Cancer (UICC). The ASCO Post recently spoke with Dr. Cazap about his roots in onco...

Solid Tumors
Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Second Global AYA Cancer Congress Highlights Research Advances and the Global Burden of Cancer Among Young Adults

Jo Cavallo  /  January 25, 2018

This past December, nearly 400 medical professionals from a variety of fields—including medical oncology, palliative care, science, nursing, social work, and psychology—and 23 countries traveled to Atlanta, to attend the 2nd Global Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Congress. The 3-day confer...

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...

New International Innovation Grant Directly Supports Research Projects in Developing Countries

ASCO  /  July 10, 2013

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 C...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

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

Bria Meyer, MD and Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha  /  September 25, 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 Weste...

Issues in Oncology

Access to Cancer Medicines Not Uniform Across Europe

Caroline Helwick  /  September 10, 2015

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...

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 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 Weste...

Issues in Oncology

Leaders of ASCO, ASH, ASTRO, and NCCN Embrace Collaboration With Advanced Practitioners

Susan Reckling  /  March 1, 2014

Nearly 250 advanced practitioners assembled at the first annual JADPRO Live educational symposium in St. Petersburg, Florida, hosted by the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO). Leaders from four prominent oncology organizations championed collaborative practice as not only good...

Global Cancer Care

Program Aims to Overcome Barriers to Early Cancer Care in Colombia 

Armando Sardi, MD, FACS, and Rachel Joseph, MPH  /  August 15, 2013

According to a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s  GLOBOCAN project, one woman dies every minute from breast cancer and one woman dies every 2 minutes from cervical cancer.1 The majority of these deaths occur in developing countries, where access to health care is limited ...

Issues in Oncology
Supportive Care

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

Ronald Piana  /  August 25, 2016

Launched in 2014, ASCO’s Quality Training Program was developed to prepare oncology providers to design, implement, and lead successful quality-improvement activities in their practices. It is a 6-month program that includes a structured and facilitated improvement project selected by ea...

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...

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...

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 ...

Geriatric Oncology

Geriatric Oncology in Europe: A Commitment to Improving Cancer Care for Older Patients

Etienne Brain, MD, PhD  /  November 10, 2015

In Europe, the field of geriatric oncology has a long history of development, and its organization and implementation continue to improve every day. This would not have happened without the strong commitment of national authorities to health policies, a critical success factor. Four Missions In Fr...

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...