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There are many factors that lead to disparities in cancer care and outcomes for underserved and marginalized populations, including root causes such as structural racism, social determinants of health, race/ethnicity, geographic location, etc. As with other areas of health care, individuals with low income, low health literacy, limited transportation options or long travel distances to clinics, lack of health insurance or paid leave are far less likely to be screened for cancer, or managed according to guideline-directed treatment. Thus, these patient populations are more likely to be diagnosed at with late-stage cancers. This leads to worse outcomes and higher mortality in these underserved patient populations.

It is imperative that all members of the health care team recognize their important roles in providing education, support services, and optimal outcomes for all patients. Education is a crucial step in ensuring clinicians know not only the “why” but the “how” of this important change in care.

The Oncology Education Center serves to not only bring to light issues of unconscious bias, racial disparities, and health inequities, but to provide real-world strategies and actionable steps for health care professionals (HCPs) and non-HCPs to improve overall patient outcomes where the need for equitable oncology care is most needed.

Live and OnDemand CME/CE Activities

Real-world Tactics to Address Health Inequities in Prostate Cancer Care

 

 

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In this CME Outfitters BriefCase, a faculty expert will guide learners through a patient case scenario reflecting the impact of biases, disparities, and health inequities that reduce the quality of oncology care for racial and ethnic underserved patients with prostate cancer. This program will provide actionable strategies, empowering attendees to recognize factors and implement changes in practice to improve prostate cancer treatment.

 

 

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Health Inequities in Prostate Cancer

 

 

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In this CME Outfitters podcast, expert faculty will review recent data and discuss the impact of biases, disparities, and health inequities that reduce the quality of oncology care for racial and ethnic underserved patients with prostate cancer. This program will set the stage for intervention, empowering attendees to recognize and consider factors to improve prostate cancer treatment.

 

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Health Inequities in Multiple Myeloma

 

 

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In this CME Outfitters podcast, expert faculty will review recent data and discuss the sweeping impact of biases, disparities, and health inequities that reduce the quality of oncology care for racial and ethnic underserved patients with multiple myeloma. This program will set the stage for intervention, empowering attendees to recognize and consider factors to improve multiple myeloma treatment.

 

 

Real-world Tactics to Address Health Inequities in Multiple Myeloma Care

 

 

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In this CME Outfitters BriefCase, faculty experts will guide learners through a patient case scenario reflecting the impact of biases, disparities, and health inequities that reduce the quality of oncology care for racial and ethnic underserved patients with multiple myeloma. This program will provide actionable strategies, empowering attendees to recognize factors and implement changes in practice to improve multiple myeloma treatment.

 

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Health Inequity in Lung Cancer

 

 

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In this CME Outfitters podcast, expert faculty will review recent data and discuss the impact of biases, disparities, and health inequities that reduce the quality of oncology care for underserved racial and ethnic underserved patients with lung cancer. This program will set the stage for intervention, empowering attendees to recognize and consider factors to improve lung cancer treatment.

 

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Health Inequities in Oncology Care

 

 

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In this live CME Outfitters webcast, expert faculty will discuss the impact of unconscious and systemic biases, SDoH, and regional, racial, and ethnic disparities and provide tools and resources to improve oncology care for all patients.

Action Steps to Address Inequities in Cancer Care Access, Treatment, and Outcomes in Your Community

 

 

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In this OnDemand webcast, expert faculty will discuss the treatment obstacles many patients from underserved communities face, especially for cancer therapies, such as ICIs. They will recommend practices clinicians can implement to help their patients overcome barriers to cancer therapies. Finally, faculty will help clinicians develop strategies to make changes on a personal level and within their practice, and suggest ways to break down structural inequities within their community to improve outcomes for their patients.

 

Racial Disparities in Melanoma Care: Steps to Improve Care

 

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This CMEO Briefcase will focus on three patients from racial and ethnic minority populations with melanoma and outline best practices for screening to reduce disparities and improve melanoma morbidity and mortality rates in patients of color.

 

Live Q&A: Real-world Tactics to Address Health Inequities in Melanoma Care

 

 

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Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET

This live Q&A session is your opportunity to ask questions based on the CME Outfitters BriefCase that focused on racial and ethnic disparities and health inequities in melanoma. To view the full activity ahead of this live Q&A, click here.

 

Real-world Tactics to Address Health Inequities in Melanoma Care

 

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This CMEO Briefcase will focus on three patients from racial and ethnic minority populations with melanoma and outline best practices for screening to reduce disparities and improve melanoma morbidity and mortality rates in patients of color.

 

 

Resources

ASCO’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) expands on its equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) action plan in this downloadable PDF. 

 

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CDC’S Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication

While actions speak louder than words, the right words also matter. Inclusive language is a pivotal component in communication between providers and patients and is necessary to promote and instill health equity.

 

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Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities strives to decrease disparities in oncology care. Click here to see available opportunities and initiatives. 

 

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Early Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Experience With the Use of Telehealth to Address Disparities: Scoping Review

This scoping review explores barriers to implementing telehealth in underserved populations at risk for disparities. In providing patient-focused and culturally mindful telehealth solutions, patients and the health care team will benefit.

 

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Many Shades of Disparities in Myeloma Care

Authors review disparities in multiple myeloma care, including the impact on racial/ethnic underserved populations, rural-urban differences in America, and disparities present at an international level.  

 

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Recommendations on Eliminating Racial Disparities in Multiple Myeloma Therapies: A Step toward Achieving Equity in Healthcare

Stemming from an FDA-AACR workshop involving healthcare providers, patients, researchers, regulators, and industry partners, this article provides outlined principles that address disparities in clinical trials and improve representation of African Americans in multiple myeloma clinical trials.   

 

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Survival of African American and Non-Hispanic White Men With Prostate Cancer in an Equal-Access Health Care System

At a national level, African American (AA) men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer compared with Non-Hispanic White (NHW) men. In the VA health system, AA men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not endure worse outcomes compared with NHW men. This article examines these differences and suggests that an important determinant of racial equity is access to care. 

 

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The Effects of Oncologist Implicit Racial Bias in Racially Discordant Oncology Interactions

Implicit racial bias undermines patient perceptions and the oncology care they receive. Addressing implicit racial bias is a necessary part of oncology training and practice, and mitigating such biases will better impact patient-treatment decisions.   

 

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Patient Education

Cancer Detection Guides

Created by the National Foundation for Cancer Research, this guide provides screening recommendations for a wide variety of cancers. 

 

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NCI-Children’s Oncology Group Pediatric MATCH Trial

This infographic describes the Pediatric MATCH Trial from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), including eligibility and contact information. 

 

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Screen to Save

Colorectal cancer screening is important. Learn more about the Screen to Save initiative here.  

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La detección del cáncer colorrectal es importante. Obtenga más información sobre la iniciativa Screen to Save aquí. 

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COVID-19 and Cancer

This special report from the American Cancer Society underscores the continued and crucial importance of screening, testing for, and treating cancer, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

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Skin Cancer Care for People of Color: Receiving Effective Melanoma Care with Dr. Jenna Lester, MD

 

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Skin cancer in African American and Hispanic patients has the highest racial disparity in survival rates out of all cancer types. In this Patient Education video, dermatologist Dr. Jenna Lester, MD provides insight on the importance of checking your skin for melanoma and how to advocate for yourself to get a faster diagnosis and the right dermatology care.

Patient and Provider Resources

Cancer and the Human Tumor Atlas Network Infographic

Created by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), this infographic provides a comprehensive overview of tumors at the cellular level. 

 

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Cancer Facts & Figures for African American/Black People 2022-2024

This publication provides the latest data on cancer risk factors and screening in the Black population in the United States.  

 

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Cancer Screening and Prevention in LGBT Community and Asian LGBT Members

This peer-reviewed article explores barriers to cancer care and screening in the LGBT community as well as the Asian LGBT subcommunity. In addition, this article provides possible solutions to ensure better cancer care outcomes for those in the LGBT community.

 

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COVID-19 Pandemic and Health Care Disparities in Head and Neck Cancer: Scanning the Horizon

Researchers provide four strategies to reduce preexisting racial and ethnic disparities impacting patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). 

 

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Disparities in Cancer Care and the Asian American Population

This review addresses the disparities in cancer screening, historical causes, racism, and importance of cultural perceptions of health care. Authors offer potential strategies to combat this multifaceted issue.  

 

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Implementation Science

This National Cancer Institute (NCI) infographic explains the aim of implementation science and how it can help optimize cancer care.  

 

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Overcoming Disparities in Cancer: A Need for Meaningful Reform for Hispanic and Latino Cancer Survivors

This article explores some of the social determinants of health (SDoH) and biases relevant to Hispanic and Latino (HL) cancer survivors and shares recommendations for achieving health equity in oncology care. 

 

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Rural Cancer Disparities in the United States: A Multilevel Framework to Improve Access to Care and Patient Outcomes

Reviewing rural disparities in cancer care, this editorial provides an overview of social determinants of health (SDoH) that impact oncology care in regions of the US and provides beneficial strategies to better optimize outcomes.   

 

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Cancer Facts & Figures 2022

In the latest update, the American Cancer Society provides recent data on the current state of cancer in the United States as well as exploring cancer in the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Population.

 

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