Tackling Disparities in Oncology Requires Action as Well as Research
In this interview, Dr. Andrea Silber discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated disparities that already existed within oncology care, and she said the effects of these disparities on patients are very real and direct.Source: Pharmacy Times
Breast cancer care in U.S. territories lags behind care in states
Older women residing in the U.S territories are less likely to receive recommended or timely care for breast cancer compared with similar women residing in the continental United States, according to Yale researchers. Their findings were published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Yale Cancer Center receives $1 million grant to address cancer disparities
Researchers at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) have been awarded a $1 million grant by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BSMF) to address health care disparities in cancer care and support. The grant will fund the Cancer Disparities Firewall project, a multilevel intervention that focuses on patient and system level factors that contribute to cancer disparities in the YCC/New Haven, Connecticut area. The project will target lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer.
Yale Study: Minority Breast Cancer Patients Less Likely To Have Genetic Test
A genetic test that helps doctors determine how best to treat breast cancer—and whether chemotherapy is likely to help—is significantly more likely to be administered to white women than blacks or Hispanics, a Yale study has found.Source: Connecticut Health I-Team
Racial Disparities in Genetic Testing of Women With Breast Cancer
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Cary P. Gross, MD Section of General Internal Medicine Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, CT MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Prior work has demonstrated racial and socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. As the oncology field has progressed over the past decade, the use of genetic testing to guide treatment decisions is one of the most exciting new developments.Source: Medical Research
Yale Study Published in JNCCN Uncovers Racial Disparities in Treatment of Women with Breast Cancer
In a simple definition, cancer is a disease of the cells, which is caused by gene mutations. For a proportion of patients, including women with hormone receptor positive (HR+) breast cancer, gene expression profiling has a substantial impact on treatment decision-making by determining which patients might—or might not—respond to particular treatment options.
Understanding Breast Cancer Disparities in the United States
At a recent Yale Cancer Center Grand Rounds lecture, Dr. Beth Jones, Research Scientist, Epidemiology and Public Health, discussed the disparities that exist in breast cancer in the United States, focusing mainly on Hispanic and Latino women. By the year 2050 Hispanic/Latinos will represent close to 1/3 of the U.S. population.
Yale Internal Medicine Faculty Partner with Formerly Incarcerated Leaders to Obtain R01
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on many people in underserved communities, including those who are incarcerated or work in our nation’s prison systems. Infections across this community have been five times higher than in the general U.S. population. Surrounding communities have also been disproportionately affected.
Black Women Excluded from Critical Studies Due to ‘Weathering’
Researchers theorize Black women age earlier and faster as a result of being "weathered" by a lifetime of racial discrimination and race-based stressors. As a result, many Black women are excluded from clinical research studies after reaching age-based milestones earlier.
Perceived discrimination increased the risk of worse health outcomes after a heart attack
An analysis of more than 2,600 heart attack survivors, ages 55 years and younger, found that nearly 35% of them reported perceived discrimination in their everyday lives.Source: American Heart Association News
Centering health equity within COVID-19 contact tracing in Connecticut
Recruiting a community-based workforce that reflects the cultural and language traditions of the targeted populations can help to increase community engagement, build trust, and improve reach within state contact tracing programs.Source: JPHMP Direct