ECU oncologist awarded grant to improve breast cancer care in rural eastern North Carolina
A surgical oncologist at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine was recently awarded a grant aimed at improving the care provided to breast cancer patients across the region.
Dr. Jan Wong received $236,000 from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change to boost the quality of care offered to patients in rural and underserved areas of eastern North Carolina.
“If you look at cancer mortalities, there are several things that predict a poor outcome. One of these things is rural residency,” said Wong. “There are a couple theories on why this is a factor. One is…risk of disease is more prevalent in minorities, and the other is barriers to health services that rural residents have to overcome – including variations in care.”
Wong said some rural residents lack the financial resources to travel to large urban facilities that might have more modern technology, so he’s working to ensure they can get the same caliber of care at their smaller community hospital.
Originally written by Angela Todd and published April 3, 2018.