|Improving Cancer Survival by
Understanding Racial/Ethnic Disparities
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Science Writers’ Seminar Series
with the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at Columbia
University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia
Each day, 3,400 Americans are diagnosed with cancer and
another 1,500 die from the disease. The burden of cancer is often greater
for the poor, for ethnic minorities, and for the uninsured.
minorities experience lower cancer survival rates than whites. For example,
despite a lower breast cancer incidence, African American women have
significantly worse survival rates from breast cancer than Caucasian
Differences in biological tumor types, timeliness of treatment, or lack
of compliance with treatment regimens appear to influence outcomes.
Please join us for discussions about how NCI and the HICCC are working
to reduce cancer health disparities through innovative programs that
address prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
||I. Bernard Weinstein, M.D. (HICCC) — HICCC Director
Alfred I. Neugut, M.D., Ph.D. (HICCC) — Racial/ethnic disparities
in cancer outcomes
Dawn L. Hershman, M.D. (HICCC) — Cancer treatment disparities
Regina M. Santella, Ph.D. (HICCC) — Disparities and differences
in tumor biology
Victor R. Grann, M.D., MPH (HICCC) — Community outreach programs;
Harold Freeman, M.D. (NCI) — NCI’s Patient Navigator program
||Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Join us for a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Talks will begin at 9 a.m. A
Q&A session will conclude the morning by 11:30 a.m.
*Tours will be offered of the Irving Cancer Research Center, a new 300,000
sq. ft. facility at Columbia University Medical Center, dedicated entirely
to investigators conducting disease-specific research of many cancers — breast,
colon, lung, prostate, gastric, pancreatic, brain, lymphoma and tumor immunology.
Irving Cancer Research Center at the Columbia University
Medical Center campus.
1130 St. Nicholas Avenue (at West 166th St., just east of Broadway), New
York, NY 10032
Subway: 1, 9, A or C train to 168th St. From midtown Manhattan, the A train
provides express service (20 minutes from Times Square). Buses: M-2, M-3,
M-4, M-5 or M-100
||To register for the press briefing, please contact Dorie
Hightower or Ann Benner in the NCI Media Relations Branch at 301-496-6641
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting basic,
clinical, and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments,
and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its
programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.