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Health Disparities and Breast Cancer

Patricia L. Dawson, MD, PhD, FACS

Patricia L. Dawson, MD, PhD, FACS
Breast Cancer Surgeon

Just as all breast cancers are not alike, the impact of breast cancer is not the same for all women. African American women are less likely to get breast cancer than Caucasian women, but they are about 40% more likely to die of it when they do get it. African American women are also more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age than Caucasian women and to have more advanced cancers at diagnosis.

There appear to be multiple reasons for these disparities - including cultural beliefs / misperceptions about screening and cancer; lack of access to screening; inequities in healthcare delivery and treatment; concerns about being exposed to racism by healthcare institutions; and biological differences in the cancers themselves.

Let’s look at some of these more closely.

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Help! My lung cancer is progressing after a great response on targeted therapy. Now what?

Howard L. (Jack) West, MD

Howard L. (Jack) West, MD
Medical Oncologist, Swedish Cancer Institute

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Is there a role for post-operative chemotherapy in early stage lung cancer?

Howard L. (Jack) West, MD

Howard L. (Jack) West, MD
Medical Oncologist, Swedish Cancer Institute

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Is there an age cap for chemotherapy?

Howard L. (Jack) West, MD

Howard L. (Jack) West, MD
Medical Oncologist, Swedish Cancer Institute

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Redefining Cancer: New Targets and New Treatments

Howard L. (Jack) West, MD

Howard L. (Jack) West, MD
Medical Oncologist, Swedish Cancer Institute

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Woman Donates Bells to Swedish Cancer Institute on the Issaquah Campus for Patients to Ring in Celebration of Treatment Milestones

Swedish News

ISSAQUAH, Nov. 1, 2012 - A Snoqualmie-area resident treated for her cancer at Swedish/ssaquah recently donated two large, wall-mounted bells to the Cancer Institute at that campus. Cancer patients who reach treatment milestones and/or finish their treatment can ring them as a way to signal and celebrate the momentous occassions. 

Swedish Foundation Raises $100 Million to Help Meet Increasing Demand for Regional Health-Care Services

Swedish News

SEATTLE, Oct. 26, 2012 – Swedish Medical Center's seven-year fund-raising initiative, called The Campaign for Swedish, has raised $103 million, exceeding its initial $100 million fund-raising goal in approximately five-and-a-half years. The Campaign, launched to help improve patient care and treatment options throughout the Swedish system, is the largest fund-raising effort undertaken by the private, non-profit health system to date.

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