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Cancer doesn’t hurt just the 20%

Dr. Eggener trains local physicians on urological oncology needs.

According to Reuters, “most of Africa’s around 2,000 languages have no word for cancer. The common perception in both developing and developed countries is that it’s a disease of the wealthy world, where high-fat, processed-food diets, alcohol, smoking and sedentary lifestyles fuel tumor growth.” However, according to the news service, sub-Saharan Africa will see an estimated one million new cancer cases this year — “a number predicted to double to two million a year in the next decade,” and, “[b]y 2030, according to predictions from the [WHO], 70 percent of the world’s cancer burden will be in poor countries.  Source

Cancers, including urological cancer, are not only a developed-world problem. An IVUmed board member, Scott Eggener, MD, is a urological oncologist based in Chicago who frequently travels to the West Bank to provide urological oncology training to local physicians.

However, the technologies needed to provide proper care of cancers are inaccessible to the developing world. The bioengineering and biotechnology fields in academic centers are acknowledging this large gap. Currently, several centers of innovation are working towards making proper medical care more accessible to the developing world.

To learn more about these innovations, you can check out several conferences on affordability and innovation in global health. Local to Utah, the Center for Global Surgery is hosting the  Extreme Affordability Conference  in late March 2013.

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Resident Scholar Reflections

Judith Hagedorn, MD
Stanford University
Hebron, West Bank – March 15 – March 24, 2012
Mentor: Dr. Scott Eggener
Sponsored by: Verathon

Through the generous sponsorship provided by Verathon, Dr. Judith Hagedorn traveled to Hebron, West Bank with mentor Dr. Scott Eggener to learn and assist surgeries at Hebron Hospital. Although in a politically turmoiled area, Dr. Hagedorn was able to develop an understanding of the diversities in healthcare due to limited resources.

Reporting on her experience, Dr. Hagedorn stated:

“Every morning we got picked up with the Ambulance of the Hebron Hospital. Our Palestinian driver made a daily pit stop, either to get some strong Arabic coffee or freshly fried falafels. 

“The hospital was quite simple, but clean. The staff was very friendly and showed

their appreciation for our visit. In addition, the patients were overly thankful and there was never a day we didn’t leave the hospital without a small present from one of the patients’ families.

“The clinical decision-making was also quite interesting and different from what I had learned in the Western World…. I had a wonderful, eye-opening, and rewarding experience, which definitely strengthened my passion to contribute to global health, and I am already looking forward to my next international medical/surgical trip.”

Interested in learning more about our resident scholar program?

Find more information at our website, www.ivumed.org.
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