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Cancer Treatment Guidelines for Diverse Asian Economies Use Model Developed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Date:10/30/2009

SEATTLE, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- When the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet Oncology this week published six cancer treatment guideline papers aimed at the resource-diverse nations of Asia, it used as its model the economic template developed by the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) based at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. It was an important affirmation that the BHGI's unique resource-stratification approach to cancer treatment guidelines for low- and moderate-income countries is a viable model.

"Asia represents a tremendous clinical challenge: Cancer incidence is increasing rapidly; lifestyles are becoming more westernized causing changes in disease etiology; and resources for infrastructure and disease management vary widely from country to country," The Lancet Oncology editors said in their introduction to the papers. "For any clinical guidance to be universally applicable these differences need to be taken into account. The Breast Health Global Initiative provides an excellent economic template on how to achieve this goal."

Founded in 2002, the BHGI strives to develop evidence-based, economically feasible and culturally appropriate guidelines for underdeveloped nations to improve breast-health outcomes. BHGI is co-sponsored by the Hutchinson Center and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D., is founder, chair and director. He is a member of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, director of the Breast Health Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and professor of surgery and global health medicine at the University of Washington.

"The BHGI guidelines are intended to assist ministers of health, policymakers, administrators and institutions in prioritizing resource allocation as breast cancer treatment programs are implemented and developed in their resource-constrained countries," Anderson said. "The guidelines ar
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