Entries by Nina

Surveying the Challenges to Improve Linear Accelerator-based Radiation Therapy in Africa: a Unique Collaborative Platform of All 28 African Countries Offering Such Treatment

Radiation therapy is a critical component for curative and palliative treatment of cancer and is used in more than half of all patients with cancer. Yet there is a global shortage of access to this treatment, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where there is a shortage of technical staff as well as equipment. Linear accelerators (LINACs) […]

Research-Driven Radiation Oncology: A Narrative on the Ongoing Legacy of Henry S. Kaplan

In this rapidly evolving time of precision medicine and scientifically based cancer care, how radiation oncology became a strong research-based scientific discipline in the United States after its separation from diagnostic radiology might be lost. The importance of generational mentorship, “family trees,” and interpersonal relationships can be difficult or impossible to trace absent personal narrative […]

Achieving flexible competence: bridging the investment dichotomy between infectious diseases and cancer

Today’s global health challenges in underserved communities include the growing burden of cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs); infectious diseases (IDs) with epidemic and pandemic potential such as COVID-19; and health effects from catastrophic ‘all hazards’ disasters including natural, industrial or terrorist incidents. Healthcare disparities in low-income and middle-income countries and in some rural areas in […]

Capturing Acquired Wisdom, Enabling Healthful Aging, and Building Multinational Partnerships Through Senior Global Health Mentorship

Capturing the acquired wisdom and experience of mentors in global health offers a capstone for their careers and provides a purposeful healthspan for these professionals to continue to be engaged in meaningful work while leveraging their expertise to solve challenging health care problems. This article addresses such opportunities available for individuals in the latter part […]

Designing new radiotherapy technologies to treat cancer in low and middle-income countries

June 11, 2020 Innovative Technologies towards building Affordable and equitable global Radiotherapy capacity (ITAR) A new project, “Innovative Technologies towards building Affordable and equitable global Radiotherapy capacity” (ITAR), supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), aims to design and develop new radiotherapy technologies to give more cancer patients in Sub-Saharan Africa access to […]

Emphasizing the critical importance of EXPERTISE

A Broad Impact for Global Oncology JAMA Oncology, August 8, 2019. Co-authors from International Cancer Expert Corps Emphasizing the critical importance of EXPERTISE, the article, “A Broad Impact for Global Oncology” available at the bottom of this post and online at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2747881, emphasizes the breadth of opportunities for global oncology. The critical need for mentorship […]

A Broad Impact for Global Oncology

Global oncology demands attention, with approximately 9 million people dying from cancer annually. It provides an extraordinary opportunity to address the urgent need for cancer care and be a catalyst for solutions to address critical societal issues including the disruptive forces in and among countries involving the health of individuals and the planet, relationships among […]

ICEC’s response to The Lancet, “Offline: Why has global health forgotten cancer?”

ICEC’s response to Richard Horton’s thoughtful commentary, “Offline: Why has global health forgotten cancer?” was published in The Lancet. While prevention is critical, tackling cancer is about much more than just prevention. “The solution to the deficit of global cancer care is a systematic approach to build expertise, capacity, and capability using a sustainable model […]