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Resources by Topic: Cancer

Investigating Psychological Mechanisms Linking Pain Severity to Depression Symptoms in Women Cancer Survivors at a Cancer Center with a Rural Catchment Area
Analyzes associations and identifies mediating factors between pain severity and symptoms of depression among 183 breast, cervical, ovarian, and endometrial/uterine cancer survivors, utilizing mixed rural and urban data. Discusses rural-specific challenges associated with pain management and unmet mental health needs.
Author(s): Philip I. Chow, Wendy F. Cohn, Patrick H. Finan, David T. Eton, Roger T. Anderson
Citation: Supportive Care in Cancer, 32, 193
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Hearing on Examining Chronic Drug Shortages in the United States
Congressional hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee discussing pharmaceutical drug shortages. Discusses cancer care, healthcare quality, the 340B program, supply and demand, reimbursement, and other policy measures. Witnesses include Dr. Stephen Schleicher discussing rural concerns. Captions available in video player.
Additional links: Dr. Stephen Schleicher Testimony
Date: 02/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Use of Colorectal Cancer Screening among Adults With Chronic Medical Conditions: BRFSS 2012–2020
Compares racial and ethnic variation in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates, with breakdowns by number of chronic conditions. Utilizes 2012-2020 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data. Table includes a statistic on CRC screening in nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Maria A. Castañeda-Avila, Mayra Tisminetzky, Atinuke G. Oyinbo, Kate Lapane
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 21, 230257
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Comparative Effectiveness of Two Interventions to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening among Females Living in the Rural Midwest
Compares the effectiveness of tailored interventions using audiovisual media and patient navigation versus usual care on colorectal screening rates for women in the rural Indiana and Ohio. Discusses the implication of findings on access to care for rural residents. Includes breakdown of participant level of rurality and other demographic characteristics.
Author(s): Eric A. Vachon, Mira L. Katz, Susan M. Rawl, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 2024
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Cancer in Iowa - 2024
Provides county-level data on cancer cases, deaths, and survivors in Iowa. Highlights information on cancer surveillance and care in Iowa, data on specific types of cancer, and risk factors for cancer, with a focus on the connection between cancer and alcohol use.
Additional links: Press Briefing
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Iowa Cancer Registry, Iowa College of Public Health
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NCHS Rapid Surveys System: Breast Cancer Screening
Interactive data showing breast cancer screening data for women over 30. Includes data breakdown by time since screening, screening outcomes, and various patient characteristics such as age, race and ethnicity, urbanicity, and more. Data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics in August 2023.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Real-World Trends, Rural-Urban Differences, and Socioeconomic Disparities in Utilization of Narrow Versus Broad Next-Generation Sequencing Panels
Analyzes oncology genomic panel utilization of 9,886 subjects who received testing between January 2016 and June 2020. Provides data on test panel sizes and clinical trial matching status, with breakdowns by level of socioeconomic deprivation and rural or urban status. Describes trends in genomic testing, and discusses the significance of testing access to equity in cancer care.
Author(s): Yiqing Zhao, Anastasios Dimou, Zachary C. Fogarty, et al.
Citation: Cancer Research Communications, 4(2), 303-311
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Rural Cancer Disparities from Oklahoma Cancer and Vital Records Registries 2016-2020
Evaluates cancer disparities in Oklahoma counties using 2016-2020 Oklahoma State Department of Health data, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, and small rural setting. Provides statistics, including population characteristics, on cancer incidence, specific cancers, mortality, and stage of diagnosis. Highlights concerns related to insurance coverage, cancer screening, and treatment in rural areas.
Author(s): Janis E. Campbell, Ayesha B. Sambo, Lauri A. Hunsucker, Stephanie F. Pharr, Mark P. Doescher
Citation: Cancer Epidemiology, 88, 102512
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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2021 Cancer Incidence and Mortality in North Carolina
Reports North Carolina cancer incidence and mortality for the year 2021, including breakdowns by type of cancer and demographic category. Includes county-by-county data.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
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Evaluating an Enterprise-Wide Initiative to Enhance Healthcare Coordination for Rural Women Veterans Using the RE-AIM Framework
Evaluates success of a program to expand access to cancer screenings and maternal healthcare for rural female Veterans in the areas of reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance in 14 Veterans Health Administration facilities.
Author(s): Mark R. Relyea, Rebecca L. Kinney, Eric C. DeRycke, et al
Citation: Frontiers in Health Services 3, 1237701
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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