As many developing countries are undergoing an epidemiological transition the incidence of communicable disease will decrease and the incidence of non-communicable disease, particularly cancer, will rise. To combat this, GO's Collaborating & Advising Platform (CAP) was initiated in January 2014. CAP aims to connect oncologists in with treating providers in resource-poor areas in order to improve disparities in global cancer care. Using a platform managed privately by GO, providers anywhere in the world can upload any challenging cases that have been presented in their practice. An uploaded case includes a clinical summary along with any multimedia, such as lab reports or pathology images, which may be useful for the consulting provider. Based on the type of cancer presented, the case is given to a corresponding consulting oncologist based in Boston or Palo Alto, where GO's hubs are located.
As of August 2014, there has been a number of meaningful case discussions made possible by the GO CAP project in countries such as Nepal, Mexico, Vietnam, and Guatemala. GO is continually aiming to expand its reach and solicit difficult cases from more treating providers.
This novel project provides pro bono consultation to providers who might otherwise not have the means to treat a particular case. Over time, health systems in developing countries will continue to improve, and providers will be able recognize and treat difficult cancer cases. In the meantime, CAP acts as an invaluable resource for providers seeking guidance within the field.
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