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Beth Israel Medical Center Receives Major American Cancer Society Grant Toward Improving Pain Management in Chinese Cancer Patients
Date:6/22/2009

whether the intervention can be applied to improve other symptoms, such as fatigue and shortness of breath. Barriers and facilitators of the intervention will be identified, including cultural influences.

"The Asian community has been actively supporting the American Cancer Society's research efforts by participating in various fundraising activities," said Ming-der Chang, MD, Vice President of the American Cancer Society's Asian Initiatives. "This award demonstrates that the American Cancer Society is committed to reducing the disparities in cancer among the Asian community."

"Receiving this grant highlights the continuing strong relationship Beth Israel has with the Asian community," said Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Chairman of the Department. "This collaboration allows us to provide community-based programs that are most likely to yield strong benefits."

Chinese Americans, the largest Asian subgroup in the U.S. with 3.6 million people, have a high rate of cancer, particularly nasopharyngeal, liver, and stomach. Chinese Americans are represented by a growing number of recent immigrants (50 percent) who are economically disadvantaged and medically underserved. Patients commonly present with advanced illness and have a higher risk for poorly controlled pain. Although QI methodologies have the potential to improve pain control, there is a lack of QI programs in pain and symptom management for this population.

"This study will bring benefits to Chinese American cancer patients by improving pain treatment and understanding barriers to care," said Kin Lam, MD, Director of Community Oncology for the Asian Services Center. "We are grateful to cancer patients in the community for supporting this work. Without them, our research in this area would not be possible."

The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center offers a broad array of therapies for chronic p
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