Reducing the Burden of Cancer

There is no question we are making progress against cancer in Iowa and beyond faster than ever before, and there is no question this progress is not fast enough.

I have the privilege of being involved in the effort to reduce the burden of cancer in my roles as a physician, a researcher, and an administrator, which gives me a broad perspective on the opportunities and challenges we face.

In this blog, I will not be speaking in any official capacity (my various roles can be found at http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/Labs/weiner/administrative.html ) but instead will describe my personal perspective on what is happening and on how we can accelerate progress in reducing cancer in Iowa and beyond as rapidly as possible.

I intend to blog once or twice each month and to discuss topics that will be of interest to health care professionals and non-professionals alike.

So… I will start out with the big picture.

If we are to accelerate the rate of progress, we need to

  • Support advances in the laboratory that are taking place at a remarkable rate and are allowing us to understand cancer at the molecular level
  • Grow our portfolio of clinical research trials based on those laboratory advances
  • Provide the very best scientifically-based, interdisciplinary, compassionate care to each and every cancer patient
  • Work with a broad coalition to encourage behaviors that reduce the risk of cancer
  • Better understand how research advances can be applied to the community to reduce the burden of cancer
  • Support education of laboratory scientists, clinicians and public health experts dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer
  • Communicate and collaborate with a broad range of individuals and groups on current challenges and opportunities to reduce the burden of cancer in our community and beyond

I will touch on specific examples of each of these points in the months ahead, and look forward to your feedback and your suggestions on specific topics to cover.

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