Enhancing life after cancer in diverse communities

Judith S. Kaur, Kathryn Coe, Julia Rowland, Kathryn L. Braun, Francisco A. Conde, Linda Burhansstipanov, Sue Heiney, Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Qian Lu, Catherine Witte

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Background: Although large numbers of cancer survivors exist in every community, including minority communities, there is a significant gap in knowledge about best practices for these patients. Methods: The Community Networks Program, funded by the National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, has developed and tested unique services for these communities. These programs have used community-based participatory research techniques under a framework of diffusion of innovation and communications theory. Results: This article describes some specifically tailored interventions that may be useful to a wide range of providers working with the underserved. Conclusions: Enhancing life after cancer can be achieved in underserved communities by supplementing local resources. Cancer 2012.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5366-5373
Number of pages8
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


  • cancer
  • community networks
  • comprehensive cancer care
  • health disparities
  • palliative care
  • quality of life
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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