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Date:4/8/2013

owship in Clinical Oncology. Dr. Grinage , a pediatric intensivist, has worked for 16 years in Belize to provide care to children with cancer. Because treatment facilities have been unavailable in Belize for these children, he has collaborated with cancer care hospitals in the United States and Mexico to have them treated. Under this fellowship, he will obtain skills needed to provide pediatric oncology services for the first time in Belize, in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City.

Denalee O'Malley, MSW, of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, seeks to develop best clinical practices and educational strategies for clinicians to employ in meeting the needs of the growing population of cancer survivors. In her American Cancer Society-sponsored dissertation study, "Enhancing Survivorship Care: A Focus on the Patient Centered Medical Home," she will explore the role of social workers in providing coordinated care with a whole-person orientation in the newly envisioned primary care medical home.

Catherine Cherwin, MS, of the University of Wisconsin Madison, proposes a doctoral dissertation to study clusters of gastrointestinal symptoms resulting from cancer treatment that occur in people with leukemia and lymphoma. Treatment for these blood disorders often involves large doses of medication, causing multiple, severe gastrointestinal symptoms. An overview of chemotherapy-related gastrointestinal symptoms that co-occur will enable development of interventions to improve patient comfort during treatment thereby enhancing their quality of life.

Eribeth Penaranda, MD, of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, will use her American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Award to improve her screening and teaching skills in cervical cancer detection in minority populations. Dr. Penaranda is particularly interested in a new self-screening technique for infection with the human papilloma virus, which can caus
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
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