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Gynecologic Cancers
Global Cancer Care

Simple Rapid Vinegar Test Cuts Cervical Cancer Death Rates by One-third in Rural India 

In the era of personalized medicine for cancer care, it was both surprising and encouraging to hear about a simple low-tech intervention delivered by women in the community that cut the rate of death from cervical cancer in India by about one-third. The intervention, a simple visual inspection...

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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...

Global Cancer Care

Clinical Trials for Patients in Africa

Thank you very much for The ASCO Post Evening News,* which ensures I don’t miss anything that happened at the ASCO 2013 meeting. Due to financial constraints I could not attend the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago. My comment is that pharmaceutical companies should extend their oncology drug trials...

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Nazarbayev University Selects Pittsburgh School of Medicine as Strategic Partner to Establish Medical School in Kazakhstan

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has been chosen to guide the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University as it establishes its own medical school, which aims to educate physician-scientists to become the nation’s next leaders in health care, medical education and biomedical...

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Program Aims to Overcome Barriers to Early Cancer Care in Colombia 

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 ...

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View From a Cancer Ward in Botswana 

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 ...

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Aftermath of the AIDS Pandemic: Cancer Care in Botswana  

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....

breast cancer
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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...

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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...

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NIH Awards $17 Million in Grants to Augment Genomics Research in Africa

The National Institutes of Health has awarded 10 new grants totaling up to $17 million over the next 4 years to support genomics research in Africa, as part of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) program. This set of grants is the second disbursement of H3Africa awards and brings the ...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Global Oncology 2013: Disparities in Cancer Care 

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...

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Reports From the IPOS/AORTIC Travel Scholars

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...

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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...

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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,...

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

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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UN Agency Issues World Cancer Report 2014

A new global cancer report1 compiled by the United Nations’ International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows, as a single entity cancer is the biggest cause of mortality worldwide, and there were an estimated 8.2 million deaths from cancer in 2012. The report also noted that global cancer...

Global Cancer Care

Lessons Learned in Cancer Care Communication

Over the past several decades, outcomes data have traced the success stories in cancer research and therapeutics. However, during those decades of increasingly rapid scientific breakthroughs, certain psychosocial components in the continuum of cancer care were often overlooked. One such element is...

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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 ...

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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

A Vision of Independent Clinical Research in South America

Clinical research is vital for the development and improvement of methods designed to prevent and treat cancer. The majority of clinical trials take place in the developed world through sponsored pharmaceutical research companies.1 The corresponding lack of research in developing countries results...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Personalizing Outreach to Address Asian Cancer Health Disparities

In an effort to reduce cancer health disparities among Asian Americans, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers individual, in-language education and culturally sensitive materials for every Asian American cancer patient. New brochures and 5-minute videos were debuted during the National...

Survivorship
Global Cancer Care

Improving Quality of Life in Cancer Survivors

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...

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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...

Gynecologic Cancers
Global Cancer Care

U.S. Team to Read Pap Tests in Botswana Campaign Against Cervical Cancer

In a volunteer medical outreach venture organized by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Barbara M. Frain, MS, SCT (ASCP), CM, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and 10 colleagues from around the country are helping medical...

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

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 ...

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

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...

Head and Neck Cancer
Global Cancer Care

90 Countries Participate in the 5th World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies in New York

A spectacular parade of nations from 90 countries led by the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums from the New York City Police Department opened the 5th World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) on July 27 in New York City. The 4-day event was held in...

Gynecologic Cancers
Global Cancer Care

Gynecologic Cancer Care: Collaboration With Resource-Challenged Ethiopia

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
Global Cancer Care
Health-Care Policy

Delivering Cancer Care in Low-Income Countries

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

Rwanda Offers Women Free Cervical Cancer Screening, HPV Vaccination

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...

Global Cancer Care

Effective Prevention Measures Urgently Needed to Prevent Global Cancer Crisis

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...

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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...

Breast Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Breaking the Silence About Breast Cancer in the Arab World

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...

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Gastrointestinal Cancer

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

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...

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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...

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NCI’s Center for Global Health Announces First Major Research Grants to Support Portable Technologies

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health announced grants that will support the development and validation of low-cost, portable technologies. These technologies have the potential to improve early detection, diagnosis, and noninvasive or minimally invasive treatment of several...

Global Cancer Care

Women Underrepresented in Oncology Leadership Positions, Greek Survey Shows

A growing number of oncologists in Greece are female, but women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions, according to a survey reported at the ESMO 2014 Congress. “In Greece, and across Europe, women oncologists still find it hard to access leadership or academic positions,” said...

Global Cancer Care

The Harvard Global Equity Initiative: From Research to Policy

The Harvard Global Equity Initiative is a research program at Harvard University that is dedicated to promoting equitable global development, with a strong emphasis on health-care issues. This initiative brings together scholars, policymakers, advocates, and practitioners from around the world to...

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 ...

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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...

Breast Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Breast Health Global Initiative Tackles Third-World Health Care

Benjamin O. Anderson, MD, is the Director of the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) and surgical oncologist and Director of the Breast Health Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle. The ASCO Post recently spoke with Dr. Anderson about the conceptual framework of 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

Addressing the Global Cancer Burden

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...

Global Cancer Care

Global Oncology Launches Global Cancer Project Map With NCI

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...

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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....

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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

How the International Innovation Grant Is Improving Cancer Care for Women in Myanmar

In 2014, the Conquer Cancer Foundation awarded four inaugural International Innovation Grants to aid novel research projects in Colombia, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Tanzania. The program, which supports a 1-year research grant of up to $20,000 to a nonprofit organization or governmental agency in a low- ...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

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

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...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Over Three-Quarters of People With Cancer Worldwide Have No Access to Safe Surgery

Over 80% of the 15 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide in 2015 will need surgery, but less than one-quarter of them will have access to proper, safe, affordable surgical care when they need it, according to a major new Commission examining the state of global cancer surgery. The...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates Worldwide

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...

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