Global cancer leaders respond to the unveiling of the Global Cancer Project Map
"The poor bear a disproportionate burden of the world's cancer cases and deaths and lack access to the majority of the global resources dedicated to fighting cancer. The Global Cancer Project Map takes an important step toward addressing this inequity. By helping the global cancer community link research, service, and training efforts in settings across the globe, the Map will enable more effective research and better care delivery for all the patients who need it—wherever they are."
-Paul Farmer M.D., Co-founder and chief strategist of nonprofit global health organization Partners In Health; Kolokotrones University Professor; chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
How Global Oncology changes the lives of individuals
M.D. Candidate, Class of 2017
University of Massachusetts Medical School
When I started medical school in 2013, I found it quite challenging to find opportunities to combine my interests in global health and pediatric oncology. In fact, many had told me that what I wanted to do didn’t exist and that I wouldn’t find any work within global health pediatric oncology. I couldn’t accept that answer, and I was determined to find opportunities to fulfill my career aspirations, and I was thrilled to find Global Oncology during the spring of my first year. At that time, GO's website featured an interview that was conducted with Dr. Paula Friedrich, a pediatric oncologist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA who spoke about her work with pediatric cancer in Central America. I immediately sent her an email to see if I could meet with her. That email changed my professional life forever. After meeting Dr. Friedrich, I started to work with her and Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo at the Dana Farber Global Health Initiative on a program for early detection of retinoblastoma in Guatemala. The mentorship that Dr. Friedrich and Dr. Rodriguez-Galindo have provided me has set me on a career path that I cherish, and has shown me that I can have a career in global health pediatric oncology. I feel very lucky to have found my passion within medicine, and I have Global Oncology to thank for connecting me with these amazing mentors.