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Plenary Session: Cancer Survivorship among Underserved Populations

A person's cancer experience can be impacted greatly by their ethnic and socioeconomic background. Disparities in access to care, particularly in the case of the poor and underserved groups, continue to exist. Differences in cancer survival rates among racial groups differ even in the face of equal access to insurance and comparable socioeconomic status; these differences must be understood to ensure that all Americans receive optimal, culturally appropriate care. A number of programs designed to increase access to and familiarity with the medical enterprise exist and have begun to make progress in addressing cultural disparities related to cancer care and survivorship. During this session, Dr. Harold Freeman presented the keynote address, which provided an overview of how cancer inequitably affects the poor in the United States. Dr. Merle Mishel described efforts to increase involvement of older African Americans living in rural communities in trials designed to enhance their knowledge of and manage uncertainties arising after treatment for prostate or breast cancer. Dr. Marjorie Kagawa-Singer explored cultural differences among ethnic groups, particularly Asian Americans, that affect the cancer experience from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship or death. Dr. Shiraz Mishar described programs in Maryland designed to increase access to medical information and knowledge among underserved groups in the state.

Presentation Materials
Increasing Survivorship in Communities with an Excess Burden of Cancer
Harold Freeman, M.D.
Highlights | Presentation (PDF)
Older Under-served Populations Across the Cancer Continuum
Merle Mishel, Ph.D., R.N.
Highlights | Presentation (PDF)
Culture and Survivorship
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Ph.D., M.N., R.N.
Highlights | Presentation (PDF)
Health Disparities Issues in Cancer Survivorship: Maryland's Approach to Survivorship Research, Policy and Outreach
Claudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H. and Shiraz Mishra, M.D., Ph.D.
Highlights | Presentation (PDF)

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