April 2021: 8th Annual Cancer Disparities Research Symposium
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH, and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center's Karen Burns White hosted the 8th annual Cancer Disparities Symposium on April 23, 2021, in Boston. Featured Keynote speaker Ray U. Osarogiagbon, MBBS, FACP, spoke on uncovering and overcoming the drivers of lung cancer care and outcome disparities. This event was organized by Dana-Farber's Cancer Care Equity Program (CCEP) and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.
Dr. Christopher Lathan is a thoracic medical oncologist at Dana-Farber's Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology. He is the Institute's Chief Clinical Access and Equity Officer, and the Faculty Director for Dana-Farber's Cancer Care Equity Program.
Karen Burns White is the Deputy Associate Director of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center's Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities.
Read more about the event in our article, "Cancer Disparities Symposium Issues Call to Action," or watch the event.
April 2019: 7th Annual Cancer Disparities Research Symposium
Featured Keynote speaker Carol L. Brown, MD, FACS, Associate Cancer Center Director For Diversity & Health Equity; Director, Office of Diversity Programs; Attending surgeon, Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center;
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical College
April 2018: 6th Annual Cancer Disparities Research Symposium
Featured Keynote speaker Mack Roach III, MD, FACR, FASTRO, Professor Radiation Oncology and Urology Director, Particle Therapy Research Program & Outreach Department of Radiation Oncology UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
This event included an expert panel and breakout sessions about prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment, and policy.
Read more in Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center's article, "Collaborating to Change the Status Quo in Prostate Cancer."
April 2017: 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Research Symposium
Featured Keynote speaker Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD, MA, MN, RN, FAAN, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
This event included a panel discussion with perspectives from a nurse, a social worker, a physician, a patient navigator, and a patient.
As keynote speaker at the fourth annual Cancer Disparities Research Symposium, held at Dana-Farber on April 5, 2016, Electra Paskett, PhD, MSPH, director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at The Ohio State University, gave a powerful example
of the value of
patient navigators. Under the Delaware Cancer Consortium, she explained, that state offered 5,000 free
colorectal screenings and colonoscopies from 2002-2011 to underserved individuals at risk for the disease – mostly African-Americans. All those diagnosed with colorectal cancer were then given free access to patient navigators
during their treatment.