2/15/17 - Robin’s Research Cited in New York Times Article on Disparities
Senior author Dr. Christine Fisher commented, “Dr. Robin's study revealed a very important and concerning point. Fewer than half of patients with locally advanced cervix cancer receive appropriate standard therapy for their cancer, which should include both external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy. Patients were more likely to receive substandard therapy if they had lower incomes, only Medicaid insurance, or treatment outside of a comprehensive cancer center. We hope that by illuminating the problem we can educate patients and providers outside of major centers that referral to a comprehensive cancer center like ours is important if the appropriate expertise and technology for proper treatment is unavailable locally. Cervix cancer can be challenging to treat but is potentially curable, and it is important that the oncology community rallies to the support of the vulnerable populations of patients who need access to standard care. Our ultimate hope is for elimination of cervical cancer through vaccination and screening, but, until then, access to best care is critically important for cervix cancer patients.
Co-authors of the study included Dr. Arya Amini, PGY-5, Department of Radiation Oncology; Dr. Tracey Schefter, Department of Radiation Oncology; and Dr. Kian Behbahkt, Director of Gynecologic Oncology.
1/27/17 - Stokes selected for prestigious reviewer apprenticeship program
Dr. William Stokes has been selected into the Reviewer Apprenticeship Program of the journal Practical Radiation Oncology, one of the three official journals of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Dr. Stokes was among the 6 residents chosen from among nearly 100 applicants from across the United States to participate in the inaugural year of the program. In his role in this initiative, Dr. Stokes will review at least six papers over the next twelve months and will receive individual mentorship and feedback from the journal editors.