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Global Cancer Disparities and the Need for New Initiatives

Virginia T. LeBaron

cancer care, global cancer disparities, low- and middle-income countries, nursing
ONF 2016, 43(1), 118-120. DOI: 10.1188/16.ONF.118-120

The field of oncology is evolving at breakneck speed. Keeping up with the latest research findings, clinical best practices, and new chemotherapy agents is challenging, even with the help of the Internet. These oncologic advances, however, are far from uniformly available, and disturbing global disparities persist. In much of the world, a diagnosis of cancer remains a death sentence, and too many patients struggle to obtain access to screening, treatment, and basic symptom management. The harsh reality is that patients’ chances of dying from cancer depends largely on where they live. 

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