Putting Advanced Lung-Cancer Care Right Next Door
Published:04 Jun.2019    Source:Scientificamerican

The Centers of Excellence (COE) Program from the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer is helping community hospitals provide world-class care. More than 80% of cancer patients turn to local healthcare facilities for care. But those small-town centers many times don’t have access to the latest innovations found in the leading academic and research institutions. To take on this geographic inequality, the COE — winner of the 2019 Catalyst for Care Award — is bringing top-tier multidisciplinary cancer care to community hospitals across the country. The program is patient-focused; COE director Leah Fine describes it as all about hugs, not handshakes. And it’s working. With 30 COEs across 14 states, the organization has treated more than 20,000 patients.