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Cancer Care Equity Program

  • Established in January 2012, the Cancer Care Equity Program (CCEP) aims to place Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the forefront of efforts to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes for historically marginalized groups locally, in the Greater Boston area, as well as become a national model for translating cancer equity research into interventions.

    The role of the CCEP is to:

    • Facilitate clinical access to Dana-Farber’s spectrum of preventive medicine, treatment, and clinical trials
    • Partner with Community Benefits Office to enhance and expand Dana-Farber’s community outreach and educational programs
    • Initiate and unite cancer equity research across Dana-Farber

    Through these efforts, the CCEP broadens access to historically marginalized patient populations and joins our community partners in the pursuit of equitable care across the spectrum of cancer-related disease.

    What Some of Our Patients Are Saying


    patient Mary

    Mary L., Patient

    "When I was diagnosed with cancer, I went through a time when I couldn't explain to anyone how I felt. […] I lost my job because I was so sick. I was in depression and I didn't tell anyone what was happening. I was living homeless. And I thought that I needed better for myself, so I called my family in Boston and I came [to Dana-Farber]. When I met Ludmila [Nurse Director], I felt hopeful and she was navigating everything for me — making all the phone calls and contacting everybody and making sure that I got the help that I needed, and understanding what I was going through. That brought it home to me because I don't have to say much for her to understand. She cares. They understand. People understand. Somebody understands."
    Watch Mary tell her story of the care and support she received at Dana-Farber.


    patient Bruce

    Bruce B., Patient

    "You all saved my life. Literally saved my life. Even though you didn't find cancer, you were so thorough and followed-up on everything and found a life-threatening condition. You are the best."