Several members of JACCRI recently contributed to articles in a landmark special series in Lancet Oncology on the topic of Cancer Control in Small Island Nations. Cancer is now the second leading cause of death in the Caribbean, and Caribbean small island nations face disproportionate burdens of many types of cancer. Despite these disparities, however, there is little information on cancer incidence, mortality, and treatment strategies that is collected systematically across the Caribbean in order to guide future efforts at cancer control in the region. JACCRI co-founder, Dr. Dingle Spence, took the lead in writing three of these articles in the Lancet special issue through eliciting on-the-ground information from cancer providers throughout the Caribbean in order to present, for the first time, more systematic information on cancer rates and treatment and resource availability across the Caribbean, and to also identify best practices in cancer control and challenges specific to the region that need to be acknowledged and addressed moving forward.
Full journal issue here.
Specific articles co-authored by the JACCRI team:
- Spence, D.,…Argentieri, M.A., et al. Cancer control in the Caribbean island countries and territories: some progress but the journey continues. Lancet Oncology. 2019; 20(9): E503–E521. PMID: 31395473.
- Spence, D., Argentieri, M.A.,…Shields, A.E. Advancing Cancer Care and Prevention Strategies in the Caribbean: A Survey of Promising Strategies in the Region. Lancet Oncology. 2019; 20(9): E522–E534. PMID: 31395471.
- Sarfati, D,…Spence, D., et al. Cancer control in small island nations: from local challenges to global action. Lancet Oncology. 2019; 20(9): E535–E548. PMID: 31395475.