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Colorectal Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Strategies to Reduce Burden of Colorectal Cancer in Latin America

Investigators may have identified colorectal cancer screening programs in Latin America, according to a recent systematic review and meta-analysis published by Montalvan-Sanchez et al in JAMA Network Open. Background Colorectal cancer—the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality...

Global Cancer Care

How ASCO’s Regional Councils Are Having an International Impact on Patients With Cancer

In September 2023, ASCO announced the establishment of its fourth regional council, the Central and Eastern European Regional Council, which includes representatives from 17 countries, with the goal of expanding ASCO’s mission globally to “conquer cancer through research, education, and promotion...

Global Cancer Care
Solid Tumors

Global Cancer Burden May Be Growing Amidst Mounting Need for Cancer Services

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has released updated findings of the current global burden of cancer alongside World Cancer Day on February 4, 2023. The WHO indicated that a majority of countries do not adequately finance...

Colorectal Cancer
Global Cancer Care
Issues in Oncology

Colon Cancer Mortality Rates: Predictions Across the European Union and United Kingdom

Investigators discovered that overweight and obesity may be contributing to rising rates of colon cancer mortality in younger patients, according to a recent study published by Santucci et al in the Annals of Oncology. The findings represent the first time colon cancer mortality rates among younger ...

Global Cancer Care
Issues in Oncology

UICC Offers Recommendations in Preparation for World Cancer Day 2024

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has provided a new set of recommendations to eliminate inequities in cancer care in light of World Cancer Day on February 4, according to the new World Cancer Day 2024 Equity Report. Background Since its establishment in 2000, World Cancer Day has...

Global Cancer Care
Immunotherapy

Use of Lower-Than-Recommended Doses of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Various Tumor Types: Indian Study

In an Indian single-institution study reported in JCO Global Oncology, Patel et al found that use of lower-than-recommended doses of immune checkpoint inhibitors showed activity across various tumor types. As stated by the investigators: “The cost of immune checkpoint inhibitors limits their...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Improving Cancer Control in a Changing World

On October 16 and 17, 2023, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) welcomed more than 350 attendees from over 75 countries to its World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Long Beach, California, to discuss some of the most challenging issues facing patients with cancer worldwide. The theme of...

Global Cancer Care

Short-Course Radiotherapy May Reduce Resource Burden of Head and Neck Cancer Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Resource-sparing hypofractionated radiation therapy could offer an invaluable alternative for treating head and neck cancer, especially for patients in low- and middle-income countries, according to data presented during the Plenary Session at the 2023 American Society for Radiation Oncology...

Global Cancer Care

Advancing Clinical Research on Ovarian Cancer and Overcoming Gender Inequity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

The management of ovarian cancer remains challenging within health-care systems worldwide. Recently, clinical and translational research on ovarian cancer has led to promising advances that have improved the survival outcomes of women diagnosed with this aggressive gynecologic cancer. These...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

International Group of Surgical Oncologists Presents New Commission Outlining Pragmatic Solutions to Improve Cancer Surgery Outcomes Worldwide

Building upon recommendations from the 2015 Lancet Oncology Global Cancer Surgery Commission, a new Commission report aims to provide a pragmatic roadmap for decision-makers to reduce inequities and promote safe, timely, and affordable cancer surgery for every patient. The Commission report was...

Leukemia
Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Expanded Soy Production in Brazil May Be Linked to Increased Mortality Among Pediatric Patients With ALL

Researchers have reported that soy expansion and the subsequent increase of pesticide use in Brazil’s Cerrado and Amazon biomes may correlate with an increased risk of mortality among pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The study was published by Skidmore et al in...

Global Cancer Care

From Humble Beginnings, Elisabete Weiderpass, MD, MSc, PhD, Distinguishes Herself as First Woman to Head the IARC

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Living a Full Life series, guest editor Jame Abraham, MD, FACP, spoke with Elisabete Weiderpass, MD, MSc, PhD, a Brazilian cancer researcher who is a naturalized Swedish and Finnish citizen. She is an expert in cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention. In...

Lung Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Lung ART Trial: End of the Road for Postoperative Radiotherapy?

Lung cancer is a significant global health issue, remaining the leading cause of cancer-related deaths with 2.1 million new cases and 1.8 million deaths. Complete surgical resection is the treatment of choice for operable early-stage non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and resectable stage IIIA...

Global Cancer Care

How War Has Disrupted the Management of Patients With Breast Cancer in Sudan

Sudan is the third-largest country in Africa, spanning 1,886,068 km2. It is situated in an area surrounded by North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. As of 2020, Sudan had a population of approximately 43.8 million people, with a significant proportion being younger than age 15....

Sarcoma
Global Cancer Care

Catalyzing Change: Young Moroccan Oncologists Spearhead the Fight Against Sarcoma

The management of sarcoma presents several challenges because of its rarity and diverse subtypes, making accurate diagnosis and specialized treatment crucial. A multidisciplinary approach involving various experts from different cancer specialties is the optimal strategy to improve survival and...

Global Cancer Care

Surgical Oncologist Héber Salvador, MD, PhD, Offers an Inside Look at Cancer Care in Brazil, Complete With Its Diversity and Inequities

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, the Jerald L. & Carolynn J. Varner Professor of Surgical Oncology & Global Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, spoke with Héber Salvador, MD, PhD,...

Global Cancer Care

Treatment-Related Mortality Among Children With Cancer in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

In a systematic review and meta-analysis reported in The Lancet Oncology, Ehrlich et al estimated rates of treatment-related mortality among children with cancer in low- and middle-income countries. According to the study authors, approximately 90% of children with cancer globally live in these...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Implementation of Pediatric Early Warning Systems in Resource-Limited Latin American Hospitals

In a study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Agulnik et al found that implementation of pediatric early warning systems resulted in reduced clinical deterioration event mortality among children with cancer in resource-limited hospitals in Latin America. Study Details The Proyecto Escala de...

Solid Tumors
Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Investigators Offer Guidance for Improving Access to Oncology Drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Investigators have addressed the need to improve access to oncology drugs designed to increase the survival and quality of life of patients in sub-Saharan Africa and combat the significant health-care disparities many of these patients continue to face, according to a new study published by Sharma...

Geriatric Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Assessing Geriatric Oncology Practice in Portugal

The global population is aging rapidly. Currently, there are more than 703 million people worldwide aged 65 and older, representing 9.1% of the global population. It is estimated that this percentage will grow to 15.9%—1.5 billion people—by 2050.1 And with that growing aging population will come...

Global Cancer Care

A European Leader in Surgical Oncology, Isabel T. Rubio, MD, PhD, Shares Her Story and Sheds Light on the Challenges Ahead

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, guest editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Isabel T. Rubio, MD, PhD, Head of Breast Surgical Oncology at Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid. Dr. Rubio is active in many societies and is a founding member and...

Global Cancer Care

Global Funding for Cancer Research: 2016–2020

In a study reported in The Lancet Oncology, McIntosh et al identified components of global funding for cancer research—both public and philanthropic—between 2016 and 2020.  Study Details The study used data from the UberResearch Dimensions database and Cancer Research UK data on human cancer...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Reducing Air Pollution Globally May Contribute to Healthier Lifestyles and Lower Cancer Risks

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has called for global action to improve public health and prevent millions of deaths from cancer and other noncommunicable diseases by drastically reducing air pollution in light of World Environment Day on June 5, 2023. "Creating cleaner and...

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leukemia

Paula Aristizabal, MD, MAS, on Surviving Childhood Leukemia Near the Border of the United States and Mexico

Paula Aristizabal, MD, MAS, of the University of California, San Diego, and Rady Children’s Hospital, talks about using a health systems strengthening approach to improve leukemia care and survival in a public Mexican hospital in the region of the border between the United States and Mexico. The demonstrated increase in overall survival across a decade after implementation of the program seems to validate the use of such models, not only to improve clinical outcomes, but also to build sustainable hospital capacity, financially and organizationally (Abstract 1502).

Global Cancer Care

ATOM Coalition Seeks to Ensure Equitable Cancer Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

A new global health initiative, the Access to Oncology Medicines (ATOM) Coalition, may be capable of reducing the burden of suffering and death from cancer in low- and middle-income countries by improving patient access to essential cancer medicine. Gilberto Lopes, MD, FASCO, MBA, will highlight...

Leukemia
Global Cancer Care

Using a Health Systems Strengthening Approach in the United States–Mexico Border Region Improved Survival Rates for Children With ALL

The implementation of a collaborative program between North American and Mexican medical institutions to achieve sustainable, high-quality care at a public hospital in the United States–Mexico border region for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and improve outcomes has resulted in...

Global Cancer Care

Disparities in Cancer Care: A Bangladeshi Perspective

The fight against cancer has made remarkable progress worldwide over the past decade. Through corporate investment in research and technology, the incidence of cancer and death rates in developed nations have steadily declined. The number of people living longer and fuller lives after a cancer...

Global Cancer Care

Israeli Surgical Oncology Leader Dov Zippel, MD, Considers the Evolving Landscape of Cancer Care in a Small Nation

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Dov Zippel, MD, a surgical oncologist at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel, where he is Head of the Meirav Breast Center. Dr. Zippel is the current President of ...

Global Cancer Care

Surgeon and Cancer Researcher Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD, Celebrates the ‘Miracle of Translational Science’

In this installment of our Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD, who, for the past 27 years, has directed a basic and translational science lab studying adenovirus-mediated cancer gene therapy and melanoma biomarkers....

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

It Is Time to Close the Gap in Cancer Care

Cancer is a leading cause of death in every country worldwide.1 In 2020, almost 10 million people died of cancer, a number that is expected to rise to 16.3 million by 2040.2 In addition, cancer incidence continues to grow, driven by an aging and growing population and changes in the prevalence and...

Global Cancer Care

Early Exposure to Health-Care Inequities Sets the Stage for a Leadership Role in Global Oncology for Satish Gopal, MD, MPH

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, guest editor, Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this role, he oversees the development of initiatives and...

Global Cancer Care

Unique Challenges of Cancer Care in India

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology, guest editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Rajendra Toprani, MBBS, MS, MCh, Head of the Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at HCG Cancer Centre, Ahmedabad, India. Dr. Toprani’s areas of interest include oral,...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer Organizations Respond to Turkey and Syria Earthquakes

On February 6, 2023, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake, followed by a second 7.5-magnitude quake, struck southeast Turkey and northwest Syria. To date, the quakes and several major aftershocks have killed nearly 52,000 citizens—more than 45,000 in Turkey and more than 6,700 in Syria—and injured...

Global Cancer Care

Raised in Africa, Surgeon Kristin Flowers, MD, Continues the Tradition of Service in a Rural Hospital in Alaska

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Kristin Flowers, MD, a general surgeon at Tanana Valley Clinic at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in rural Alaska. Dr. Flowers’ surgical areas of interest include treating...

Breast Cancer
Global Cancer Care

WHO Launches New Roadmap on Breast Cancer

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new Global Breast Cancer Initiative Framework, providing a roadmap to attain targets to save 2.5 million lives from breast cancer by 2040. The new framework recommends that countries implement three pillars of health promotion—early detection,...

Global Cancer Care

World Cancer Day: Commercial Interests May Drive Millions of Avoidable Cancer Deaths

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)—in light of World Cancer Day, taking place on February 4—has called on governments around the world to prioritize policy actions to reduce preventable cancers caused by tobacco use and the consumption of alcohol and ultraprocessed foods, including...

Global Cancer Care

Sex Disparities in Childhood Cancer Diagnoses in India

In a study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Bhatia et al found that boys were significantly more likely than girls to be diagnosed with childhood cancers in India. Study Details The retrospective multicohort study involved individual data from patients aged 0 to 19 years from hospital-based records ...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer Survival in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia: SURVCAN-3 Study

In the population-based SURVCAN-3 study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Soerjomataram et al identified cancer survival rates in 32 countries in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. They found that disparities for many cancer types reflect the standing of countries according to the Human...

Global Cancer Care

World Cancer Day 2023: February 4

World Cancer Day 2023 is now only 1 month away! Led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and organized annually on February 4, World Cancer Day is a global initiative to improve awareness and knowledge of cancer risks and better prevent, detect, and treat the disease. World Cancer...

Global Cancer Care

How ASCO and the Oncology Community Came Together to Discuss Progress in Global Cancer Control and the Challenges Ahead

After a 4-year in-person hiatus because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the World Cancer Congress, hosted by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), held its first hybrid in-person and virtual meeting in October in Geneva. The conference brought together more than 2,000 attendees from...

Global Cancer Care

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

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

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

5-Year Survival and Cure Fraction Estimates for Childhood Cancer in Europe From 2000 to 2014: EUROCARE-6

As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Botta et al, the population-based EUROCARE-6 study has shown an improvement in 5-year survival rates and estimated cure fractions across patients with childhood cancers diagnosed between 2010 and 2013 vs previous years. Findings differed among cancer types and...

Global Cancer Care

C.S. Pramesh, MS, FRCS, Seeks to Bring Equity to India’s Sprawling Cancer Care System

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Living a Full Life series, Guest Editor Jame Abraham, MD, FACP, spoke with C.S. Pramesh, MS, FRCS, Director of the Tata Memorial Hospital and Professor and Head of Thoracic Surgery at the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India. Dr. Pramesh is the Convener of the...

Gynecologic Cancers
Global Cancer Care

Global Effort to Eliminate Cervical Cancer: HPV Vaccinations Are Steadily Increasing in the United States, but Barriers Still Exist

To achieve its goal of eliminating cervical cancer, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on all countries “to reach and maintain an incidence rate of below 4 per 100,000 women.” Doing so would depend on the following: A total of 90% of girls being fully vaccinated against human...

Global Cancer Care

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

The Republic of Austria is a high-income, landlocked country in south-central Europe and has been a member of the European Union since 1995.1 Vienna, the capital city of nearly 2 million people, is regularly ranked among the most livable cities in the world.2 The total population of Austria is more ...

Global Cancer Care

Clinical and Translational Researcher Rossana Berardi, MD, Works to Overcome the Gender Gap in Oncology in Italy

In our continuing effort to connect and learn more about our international oncology colleagues, The ASCO Post recently spoke with Rossana Berardi, MD, Professor in Medical Oncology and Director of the Postgraduate School of Oncology at the Università Politecnica Marche, Ancona, Italy, where she is...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Maternal Deaths From Cancer Worldwide Have Led to Approximately 1 Million New Maternal Orphans

In 2020, 4.4 million women died from cancer worldwide, leaving behind an estimated 1.04 million maternal orphans (defined as children aged 18 years and younger who have lost their mother), according to the results from a study by Guida et al presented during a press conference at the Union for...

Global Cancer Care

The Development of Geriatric Oncology in France: An Outside View

With the aging of the world population, geriatric oncology is becoming a mainstay. Over the past year in The ASCO Post, we published a couple of articles on the history of oncology, including one on the history of geriatric oncology in the United States and Europe. Our goal was to promote a...

Global Cancer Care

Update on the Impact of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on Patients With Cancer

In the more than 7 months since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, cancer care for Ukrainian citizens has changed dramatically. Ukraine was once a country able to provide its approximately 160,000 newly diagnosed patients with cancer each year with modern diagnostic methods, including...

Global Cancer Care
Geriatric Oncology

Geriatric Oncology and Hematology in Singapore

Globally, the population is aging, with the number of people aged 60 and older projected to double from 1 billion worldwide in 2020 to 2.1 billion by 2050. Given the aging population, coupled with the risk of cancer increasing with age, an exponential rise in cases of older adults diagnosed with...

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