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Fall 2016

New Cancer Partnership Publication- First Emerging Issues Brief Features Survivorship Care Planning
The first issue of the new series entitled Emerging Issues Briefs is now available as a   PDF of Survivorship Care Plan Emerging Issues Brief.

We welcome suggestions for additional topics and abstract submissions. Our counterparts in New Hampshire have been doing this since 2011 and have highlighted the statewide efforts of cancer control efforts in a number of areas of interest.   NH Emerging Issues Briefs
We would like to feature work being done in Connecticut on timely, relevant cancer-related topics. Our editorial panel will review, edit and select submissions. Articles should be original, 500 - 1500 words in length, with a short resource section and a few footnotes, including disclosure of any author conflicts of interest. Suggestions for additional distribution would be helpful.

Please submit a short abstract (200 words or less) on the topic to be covered and you will be notified whether the concept has been approved for consideration for publication. [ Submit abstracts here .]
Cancer Disparities

The National Cancer Institute has recently added basic information about cancer disparities in the U.S., including examples of differences in the number of new cases and deaths among certain populations.
Some key cancer incidence and mortality disparities among U.S. racial/ethnic groups include:   
  • African Americans have higher death rates than all other groups for many, although not all, cancer types.
  • African American women are much more likely than white women to die of breast cancer. The mortality gap is widening as the incidence rate in African American women, which in the past had been lower than that in white women, has caught up to that in white women.
  • African Americans are more than twice as likely as whites to die of prostate cancer and nearly twice as likely to die of stomach cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer incidence is higher in African Americans than in whites. Incidence in all groups is declining, but the difference between the groups remains. 
  • Hispanic and African American women have higher rates of cervical cancer than women of other racial/ethnic groups; African American women have the highest rates of death from the disease.
  • Hispanics and American Indians/Alaska Natives have the highest rates of liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer, followed by Asian Pacific Islanders.
  • Both the incidence of lung cancer and death rates from the disease are higher in African American men than in men of other racial/ethnic groups.
Other notable examples of disparities include:
  • African American women are nearly twice as likely as white women to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, which is more aggressive and harder to treat than other subtypes of breast cancer.
  • There are large differences among racial/ethnic groups in colorectal cancer screening rates, with Spanish-speaking Hispanics less likely to be screened than whites or English-speaking Hispanics.
  • Rates of colorectal cancer deaths among those younger than 65 ("premature" deaths) are higher in states with the lowest education levels than in those with higher levels. People with more education are less likely to die prematurely of colorectal cancer than those with less education, regardless of race or ethnicity.
  • Behaviors that increase cancer risk, such as smoking and drinking alcohol, may be more prevalent among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths than among heterosexual youths.


Nominations Open for The First Connecticut Cancer Champion Award 

 

Nominations are now being accepted for awards to be given annually to outstanding Connecticut residents who contribute to cancer prevention and control in our state.  The first award will be presented at the Dec. 6, 2016 annual meeting. 


 

The Connecticut Cancer Champion Award will be given to an individual or organization who demonstrates commitment to reducing the burden of cancer in Connecticut  through work on policy, systems and environmental change. 

Preference will be given to nominees who have been active in the work of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership.

Please provide a description of the Connecticut cancer control policy, systems, or environmental change(s) the nominee has been involved in and  relate the work to the specific goals of the Connecticut Cancer Plan, 2014 -2017. 

We are excited about this new way to  shine a light on important work going on in cancer control in Connecticut!
NCI embraces scientific road map to achieve Cancer Moonshot goals

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Acting Director Douglas Lowy, M.D., recently accepted the  recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP)   on 10 scientific approaches most likely to make a decade's worth of progress against cancer in five years under the Cancer Moonshot. The report was presented by the BRP to the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB), and it was subsequently considered and accepted by the NCAB with revisions that reflect NCAB's discussion.
The 10 transformative approaches poised for acceleration are:
  • Engage patients to contribute their comprehensive tumor profile data to expand knowledge about what therapies work, in whom, and in which types of cancer.
  • Establish a cancer immunotherapy clinical trials network devoted exclusively to discovering and evaluating immunotherapy approaches.
  • Identify therapeutic targets to overcome drug resistance through studies that determine the mechanisms that lead cancer cells to become resistant to previously effective treatments.
  • Create a national ecosystem for sharing and analyzing cancer data so that researchers, clinicians and patients will be able to contribute data, which will facilitate efficient data analysis.
  • Improve our understanding of fusion oncoproteins in pediatric cancer and use new preclinical models to develop inhibitors that target them.
  • Accelerate the development of guidelines for routine monitoring and management of patient-reported symptoms to minimize debilitating side effects of cancer and its treatment.
  • Reduce cancer risk and cancer health disparities through approaches in development, testing and broad adoption of proven prevention strategies.
  • Predict response to standard treatments through retrospective analysis of patient specimens.
  • Create dynamic 3-D maps of human tumor evolution to document the genetic lesions and cellular interactions of each tumor as it evolves from a precancerous lesion to advanced cancer.
  • Develop new enabling cancer technologies to characterize tumors and test therapies.

Improving the Health of Connecticut's Medically Under-served Women: Patient Navigation and Community Health Workers
The State Health Department's Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is now part of the integrated screening program named Connecticut Early Detection and Prevention Program (CEDPP) because it includes the WISEWOMAN Program the cardiovascular screening component. All services are offered free of charge through the Connecticut Department of Public Health's contracted health care providers located statewide.  During the past year (?) the program screened 3,817 women and provided diagnostic follow-up as needed.  Patient Navigation was provided to women through a navigation care team that consisted of a clinical navigator, a health systems navigator and a community health navigator.  The program implemented a Community Health Worker (CHW) program and hired CHW's to be placed at 11 funded provider sites.  CHW's received training on core competencies, motivational interviewing (MI), chronic disease, risk reduction, and tobacco training. 
Services are offered through contracts with the following providers:
 
Bridgeport Hospital
Western CT Health Network
Hartford HealthCare
St Francis Hospital 
Eastern CT Health Network
Community Health Center
Yale New Haven Hospital
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
Stamford Hospital
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital
Windham Hospital
 
 
2014-2017 CT Cancer Plan Survey--Please Respond!

We would like to find out about strategies that our members are using  to advance our Plan goals related to prevention, early detection, treatment, palliative care, and end of life care.  
The survey should not take more than 5  or 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. The Evaluation Team from The Consultation Center at Yale will be analyzing the results. Survey results will be shared during our Annual Meeting in December and will also be used to inform the strategic direction of our next Plan. 

Please take a few minutes to fill out this quick  Cancer Partnership Survey by Oct.14.  
Your input is very  important to us.  (For your reference we've included a  Link to the Plan.)

The Connecticut Cancer Partnership unites the members of our state's diverse cancer community--academic and clinical institutions, state and local government health agencies, industry and insurers, advocacy and community groups, and cancer survivors. Together, the coalition has developed and is now implementing a comprehensive plan to reduce the suffering and death due to cancer, and improve the quality of life of cancer survivors throughout Connecticut.



SAVE THE DATE
13th Annual Meeting
Dec. 6, 2016
Sheraton In Rocky Hill

Cancer and Health Policy
Confirmed Plenary Speakers: Dr. Peter Wu, Dr. Amy Davidoff, Maura Carley, Matthew Katz, Dr. Laura Senier.
Registration opens Oct. 14

Connecticut Cancer Partnership
Work groups

The Partnership has active work groups meeting regularly on the topics of colorectal screening, palliative care, HPV vaccination, medical education, and survivorship care plans.
Upcoming Events
Environment, Epigenetics 
and Cancer: How to 
Cultivate the Connections
 
Presented by the UConn 
Center for Environmental 
Health and Health Promotion and the Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace
Monday October 24, 2016, 
12- 2 pm at the Student Union
 Theater Auditorium on 
the Storrs Campus
 
"Breast Cancer Susceptibility: Rethinking the role of the environment and methods to improve risk assessment"
  • 11:30 - 11:55 Registration Light Snacks
  • 12:00 - 1:00   Keynote 
  • 1: 00  -  2:00   Panel Discussion
  •  Registration is free but space is limited  - RSVP here
  A Conference for Young 
Adults Living with Cancer and Beyond

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 
8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Smilow Cancer Hospital 
Auditorium, 55 Park Street, 
New Haven
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