The Center for Global Health contributes to the development and promotion of resources that advance global cancer research and collaboration in low- and middle-income countries.
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Cancer preparedness around the world: National readiness for a global epidemic
The report on Cancer preparedness around the world: National readiness for a global epidemic, written by the Economist Intelligence Unit, describes the diverse landscape of cancer challenges worldwide and introduces the Index of Cancer Preparedness, an evaluation of 45 data points from 28 countries addressing cancer control research and policy.
Integration of Research Priorities in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A Qualitative Analysis of National Cancer Control Plans
The Integration of Research Priorities in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A Qualitative Analysis of National Cancer Control Plans, published in the Journal of Cancer Policy, explores the inclusion and description of research priorities in select low- and middle-income countries’ cancer control plans to explain gaps and collaborative opportunities.
Advancing Cancer Research in Africa Through Early-Career Awards: The BIG Cat Initiative
The burden of cancer in Africa is growing rapidly, and increased cancer research on the continent is a critical component of an effective response. Toward this goal, in 2010, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health (CGH), in partnership with the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), launched the Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research (BIG Cat), a pilot initiative that supported cancer research conducted by early-career African investigators. BIG Cat has three goals: (1) to advance cancer research conducted on the African continent; (2) to support cancer research career development among African investigators; and (3) to build local capacity for cancer research in Africa.
In 2017, the National Cancer Institute evaluated BIG Cat’s early outcomes for cancer research, career development, and local cancer research capacity. Findings are reported in an article entitled, Advancing Cancer Research in Africa Through Early-Career Awards: The BIG Cat Initiative, published in the Journal of Global Oncology, in April 2019. Findings highlight that BIG Cat–supported research projects have generated locally relevant findings that address a range of cancer sites and multiple areas of scientific interest. The 11 survey respondents produced 43 scholarly products (e.g., publications, presentations) about findings from their BIG Cat research. They reported increases in cancer research funding applications and awards after receipt of the BIG Cat award compared with before the award. They also reported increased resources for cancer research, participation in teaching and mentoring on cancer research, and supervision of cancer research staff. Investigators identified scientific mentoring as a key facilitator of the success of their BIG Cat projects and limited time and funding as key challenges. These findings help to inform future directions for the BIG Cat initiative, and the design of related initiatives.
Knowledge Summaries for Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control: Feedback From Target Audiences in Kenya
The Knowledge Summaries for Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control (KSBCs) are a series of evidence-based publications intended to support cancer control planning at various resource levels. Knowledge Summaries for Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control: Feedback from Target Audiences in Kenya evaluates the extent to which the KSBCs could be useful to policymakers, health care providers, and breast cancer advocates in Kenya, and whether introducing the KSBCs led to their uptake, and if so, how they were used.
Knowledge Summaries for Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control
Download the entire Knowledge Summaries for Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control series, which highlights the following topics:
- Planning: Comprehensive Breast Cancer Programs: Call to Action
- Planning: Improving Access to Breast Cancer Care
- Prevention: Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Risk Reduction
- Early Detection: Breast Health Awareness and Clinical Breast Exam
- Early Detection: Screening Mammography Programs
- Diagnosis: Clinical Assessment, Diagnostic Imaging and Staging
- Diagnosis: Breast Cancer Biopsy, Pathology and Subtypes
- Treatment: Locoregional Therapy: Surgery for Breast Cancer
- Treatment: Locoregional Therapy: Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
- Treatment: Systemic Therapy: Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
- Treatment: Systemic Therapy: Hormonal Therapy and Targeted Agents
- Palliative Care: Palliative Care During Treatment for Breast Cancer
- Palliative Care: Palliative Care for Metastatic Breast Cancer
- Survivorship Care: Survivorship Care after Curative Treatment for Breast Cancer
National Cancer Control Plans: A Global Analysis
Achieving Measurable Progress Towards the NCDs Targets: The Importance of National Cancer Control Plans
International Cancer Control Partnership
There is increasing global recognition that national cancer plans are crucial to effectively address the cancer burden and to prioritize and coordinate programmes. We did a global analysis of available national cancer-related health plans using a standardized assessment questionnaire to assess their inclusion of elements that characterize an effective cancer plan and, thereby, improve understanding of the strengths and limitations of existing plans. The results show progress in the development of cancer plans, as well as in the inclusion of stakeholders in plan development, but little evidence of their implementation. Areas of continued unmet need include setting of realistic priorities, specification of programmes for cancer management, allocation of appropriate budgets, monitoring and evaluation of plan implementation, promotion of research, and strengthening of information systems. We found that countries with a non-communicable disease (NCD) plan but no national cancer control plan (NCCP) were less likely than countries with a NCCP and NCD plan or a NCCP only to have comprehensive, coherent, or consistent plans. As countries move towards universal health coverage, greater emphasis is needed on developing NCCPs that are evidence based, financed, and implemented to ensure translation into action.
Is It Time to Move Beyond Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid for Cervical Cancer Screening?
Editorial, Global Health: Science and Practice
The Lancet Series - Global Pathology
Pathology and laboratory medicine (PALM) is an important part of any health system. Diagnosis, choice of treatment, predicting outcomes, and monitoring disease progression are in many cases impossible without pathology and laboratory services. Global cancer and surgery strategies are incomplete with attention to PALM. And yet, in the discussion about universal health coverage, especially for low-income and middle-income countries, PALM has been hardly mentioned at all. This Series of three papers aims to start and accelerate global efforts to strengthen this neglected part of medicine. The first paper examines the current barriers in resource-poor settings. The second paper suggests ways of overcoming these barriers, and the third paper issues eight recommendations and calls for concerted efforts of all to ensure the provision of effective and sustainable PALM services. Download The Lancet Series on Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries.
C/Can 2025 City Cancer Challenge
The C/Can 2025 City Cancer Challenge: Guiding Principles for Quality Cancer Treatment Services in Cities toolkit describes the critical core package of interventions, and provides a framework for the delivery of a quality cancer solutions at the city level to guide city leaders and policy makers. It incorporates a set of evidence-based guiding principles, based on four core areas of practice within a multi-disciplinary cancer care facility, recognizing the spectrum of clinical services required to provide a quality cancer diagnosis and palliative treatment, with a commitment to placing the patient at the center of care.
International Cancer Research Partnership
Search the International Cancer Research Partnership, a public database of cancer research awards from over 100 funding organizations to find projects and collaborators, avoid duplication of research efforts, and assess trends in cancer research over time. Visit the site to learn more about how to join the Partnership.
The National Cancer Institute established the Tobacco Control Monograph Series to provide ongoing and timely information about emerging public health issues in smoking and tobacco use control. Most recently, NCI has partnered with the World Health Organization to develop Monograph 21: The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, which examines the current research and evidence base surrounding the economics of tobacco control – including tobacco use, tobacco growing, manufacturing and trade, product taxes and prices, and control policies and other interventions to reduce tobacco use and its consequences. This information can help direct future research and inform tobacco prevention and control programs and policies in countries around the world.
Tobacco Control Research Branch - International Research on Tobacco Use
Find information on international grants, global resources, and ongoing activities with DCCPS Tobacco Control Research Branch International and Global Health Activities.
Discover NCI’s online resource and collaboration tool that supports professionals involved in the process of recruiting and retaining participants to clinical trials.
International Cancer Control Partnership
Explore selected resources on planning and capacity-building for cancer control, national cancer plans, and global cancer control initiatives and policies.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ClinRegs
An online database of country-specific, clinical research regulatory information.
NIH Laboratory Animal Welfare Education Resources
Find helpful online seminars from the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.
Online Seminars and Educational Videos
- Center for Global Health Seminar Series
- National Cancer Control Planning and Implementation: The Basics
- Past NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention and Control Lectures
- NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention - Additional Lectures for International Participants
Documents, Reports, and Factsheets
- CGH Activities Report: Strengthening Global Cancer Research & Control
- TCRB International Research in Tobacco Control Factsheet
- International Activities of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers
- Integrating Cancer Control into Global Health
- Proceedings of the Symposium on Animal Welfare and Scientific Research (1985 to 2010)