Free Telephone Workshop for Cancer Survivors Scheduled
Disparities Progress and Challenges at ICC
|Several hundred researchers, advocates, policymakers, and cancer survivors came to Washington, D.C., April 19-23, for the Intercultural Cancer Council's (ICC's) 10th Biennial Symposium on minorities, the medically underserved, and cancer. Conference attendees left the event encouraged about the future of cancer disparities research, but there were reminders that much work still remains to address cancer's unequal burden. Also, ICC released a report on lagging cancer survivorship among minorities, Cancer Survivorship and the Medically Underserved: Reducing the Disparities in Cancer Care. |
One promising approach to cancer disparities that was highlighted during the week was the work of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Disparities Council's Subcommittee on Cancer, which is charged with implementing some of the recommendations of the Trans-HHS Cancer Health Disparities Progress Review Group (PRG) report.
During a town hall-style meeting hosted by cancer radio personality Dr. Elmer Huerta and HHS Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Dr. Garth Graham, six HHS agencies charged with carrying out the PRG recommendations reported on their progress. Dr. Rochelle Rollins, of NCI, listed NCI strategies that address the PRG recommendations, including implementation of the new Community Networks Program grants, the Patient Navigator initiative, and the Cancer Control PLANET Web resource tool.
On April 25, CancerCare, in collaboration with NCI, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, presented the first of a free three-part telephone education workshop series, "Cancer Survivorship: Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer." Part I of the series, which was held the same day, provided "Stress Management Tips for Survivors." The dial-in number to listen to the program is 1-800-625-5288, access code 843404. It will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for at least the next year, and the speakers' presentations will be relevant for a year or more.
Part II, "Is It My Cancer or Am I Getting Older?" will take place on May 23; and Part III, "Managing Your Costs of Recovery," is scheduled for June 20. No phone charges apply, but preregistration is required. To register or to access an archived workshop, go to http://www.cancercare.org/TEW.
Symposium to Highlight Health Communication Research
Principal investigators from the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research will present recent research findings at the symposium, "Advancing the Science, Extending the Reach, and Improving the Effectiveness of Health Communication." The event will be held at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus on May 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by the opportunity to survey more than 20 interactive demonstrations and exhibits from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The symposium is free; no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Harris at 301-451-9477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCI Observes National Women's Health Week
National Women's Health Week begins on Mother's Day, May 14, and ends on May 20. This year's theme is "Reconnecting with Your Health." National Women's Check-Up Day is Monday, May 15 - a day when women are encouraged to take steps to improve their health by visiting their community health centers, hospitals, and other health providers for preventive health services.
Information about treatment, prevention, genetics, screening, clinical trials, literature, research, and statistics for cancers that occur mainly in women can be found at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/womenscancers. Highlights of NCI-supported research to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat cancers in women is available at http://women.cancer.gov. Information about other federal, state, regional, and local planned events celebrating National Women's Health Week can be found at http://www.4woman.gov/
HINTS Data Available for Public Use
Data from the second administration of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) is now available to the general public. Go to http://hints.cancer.gov for information on the survey and how to register to use the data.