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Course Description

Patients in medically underserved communities have limited access to subspecialty care. Community-based oncologists are well positioned to provide initial care for these patients, but often do not have the knowledge and confidence to manage difficult cases. According to the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment, between 2006 and 2008, the City of Chicago experienced an annual average adjusted cancer mortality rate of 194.2 deaths per 100,000 individuals. Cancer mortality has decreased over the past decade in Cook County; the same trend is apparent both statewide and nationwide. Although both trends are decreasing, Cook County cancer related mortality is greater than the national average deaths per 100,000 individuals. Also, city of Chicago cancer mortality rates are higher than regional, state, and national cancer death rates. University experts in hematological cancers agree that we need to join our regional cancer community to lower our county and state mortality rate. Also, many local health professionals do not have the time or resources available to attend the annual updates from ASH 2017 conference where the latest scientific and clinical research in blood cancers is discussed, so they need a venue in which they can learn about these important updates.