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Cancer-Related Development Assistance for Health (DAH): 2010-2015

Jessica Hale, Donna J. Barry, Billy Andre and Brian Hutchinson   Intro As the global fight against infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, improves the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is becoming more apparent. This category of diseases, w...

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What Global Oncology Needs: Mutual Learning and More Funding

In order to control the global cancer burden, it is important to address the burden of cancer in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). But global oncology is not the concern of LMICs alone. A recent article by Kostelecky et al in Journal of Global Oncology highlights an important pillar of gl...

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When It Comes To Cancer, Geography Can Determine Your Chance Of Survival. But It Doesn’t Have To

Published on WBUR's Cognoscenti Blog, 7 February 2018 - full commentary here.   “Well, thank God you live in Boston,” my sister said when I called to tell her about my cancer diagnosis over a decade ago. That was the refrain I heard over and over. People were talking, of course, about Bosto...

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Unite to Fight: Together, We Can End Global Cancer Inequities

On World Cancer Day, February 4th, the international cancer community united to send a clear message: we must act now to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. To empower individuals and communities, Global Oncology and 1,472 advocates came together under the slogan “I Can. We Can.” This rallying cal...

Cancer death disparities linked to poverty, lifestyle factors nationwide

Yale researchers have identified factors that may contribute to widening cancer death disparities among counties across the United States. These factors, which include both socioeconomic and behavioral traits, may provide public health experts with specific targets for potentially reducing cancer...

A Promising Step in Tackling Childhood Cancer

In El Salvador, Dr. Rodriguez-Galindo and his colleagues have managed to upend that calculus by forging a partnership with the nation’s government and its nonprofit sector that has enabled them to pass on the tools of their trade. As a result, El Salvador has had unusual success for a low-income ...

At NCD summit, a push to address ignored disease burden

Ahead of this week’s high-level meeting on NCDs, at the United Nations General Assembly, health experts are urging immediate action and warn that focusing only on the “big four” could skew data and provide false optimism.   Read more at DevEx: https://www.devex.com/news/at-ncd-summit-a-push...

Opinion: A new model of distributed, accessible, affordable cancer care in India

"In order to change the current cancer care landscape in India, the Tata Trusts — one of India’s oldest, nonsectarian philanthropic organizations, which deploys funds towards a whole range of community development programs across — is working in partnership with multiple state governments and cen...

Patient navigation specialists are helping Indigenous cancer patients navigate their care

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article-patient-navigation-specialists-are-helping-indigenous-cancer-patients/?utm_source=Global+Health+NOW+Main+List&utm_campaign=2ebeadeb6c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_13_12_34&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8d0d062dbd-2ebeadeb6c-2951229

Global push to cut deaths from cancer and heart disease wildly off course

"Lack of progress in reducing early deaths from chronic diseases could cause majority of UN member states to miss 2030 deadline." Read more from The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/sep/21/global-push-to-cut-deaths-from-cancer-heart-disease-wildly-off-course-l...

Cancer Coaches Help Guide Patients During and After Treatment

"Advisers can assist with everything from spiritual issues to the nuts and bolts of going back to work once treatment is done." Read more from The Wall Street Journal here:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/cancer-coaches-help-guide-patients-during-and-after-treatment-1537149901?utm_campaign=KHN%3...

WHO Report: Cancer burden rises to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018

A new WHO report says that by the end of the century, cancer will be the #1 killer globally and the single biggest barrier to increasing our life expectancy. Read more: https://apnews.com/8b5730cb75334a34b8cb112e8fa5049e?utm_campaign=KFF-2018-Daily-GHP-Report&utm_source=hs_email&utm_me...

Why has global health forgotten cancer?

"Later this month (at the UN General Assembly) the global health community will likely witness an inflection point in the history of non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control. But one fact is certain. Whatever countries do to show they are taking NCDs more seriously, cancer treatment ...

Why Are Black And Latino Kids More Likely To Die Of Certain Cancers?

When it comes to cancer survival, the United States is sharply divided by race. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cancer death rate for African-Americans is 25 percent higher than whites, and Hispanics and Latinos are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a lat...

Communicating noncommunicable diseases

With renewed energy around this global health issue — thanks to a new WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs, inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals, and the upcoming Third U.N. High-level Meeting on NCDs — the existing dialogue around NCDs is set to change. Read more: https://w...

Breast cancer in Venezuela: back to the 20th century

Facing scarcity of medicines and broken-down medical equipment, women diagnosed with breast cancer in Venezuela resort to more radical means of treatment.   https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31729-X/fulltext?rss=yes&utm_campaign=KFF-2018-Daily-GHP-Report...

Few Cancer Cases Make It to Hospital in Tanzania

Only 13,000 of the people diagnosed with cancer each year in Tanzania report to hospital for treatement. This, according to the Health, Community Developement, Gender, Elderly and Children Minister Ummy Mwalimu is about 26% of all the annual cancer cases estimated to be diagnosed in the country. ...

Preventing Cervical Cancer in Cambodia: Evaluating the HPV Vaccination Demonstration Project

Julie Garon and a CDC team describe a successful HPV vaccine roll-out in Cambodia. Good lessons for many countries.  Read about it here:  https://blogs.cdc.gov/global/2018/04/24/preventing-cervical-cancer-in-cambodia/?utm_source=Global+Health+NOW+Main+List&utm_campaign=b884df3902-EMAIL_CAM...

Collaboration aims to improve cancer care in Nigeria

Stanford physicians, including Global Oncology (GO) co-founder Dr. Ami Bhatt, are engaged in an ongoing and wide-ranging collaboration with the country’s ministry of health and doctors at major university-affiliated hospitals to improve several areas of cancer care. The collaboration is supported...

Australia may be one of the first countries to erdicate cervical cancer by providing free HPV vaccines in schools

According to a new study, Australia's efforts to distribute a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free in schools have been a resounding success. The sexually transmitted infection causes 99.9 percent of cases of cervical cancer. Between 2005 and 2015, the percentage of Australian women age...

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