Bridging the Gap in Global Pediatric Oncology

Over 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year, but until recently childhood cancer in low/middle income countries has received little attention from researchers and health organizations.  Barriers include concerns about the ability to diagnose and treat in areas with limited resources.   However, regardless of the environment, many of the emotions and concerns that children and their parents experience are universal. This project explores both the similarities and differences in the experience of childhood cancer for families in the US and LMIC. I am a pediatric oncology fellow, with a strong interest in practicing global oncology, and this project combines my experiences working in both the US as well as abroad, and my realization that despite the external differences, the emotions a family experiences knows no social or economic boundaries. – Dr. Kristin Schroeder

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