Global Oncology (GO) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the best in cancer care to underserved patients around the world. GO collaborates across geographic, professional, and academic borders to improve cancer care, research, and education.Low- and middle-resource countries, where 85 percent of the world’s population lives, bear the brunt of the global cancer burden. Since 2011, GO, founded by Dr. Ami Bhatt, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Director of Global Oncology, Stanford University, and Dr. Franklin Huang, Instructor in Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, GO has been making a difference in the fight against global cancer by developing innovative programs to support its mission to bring the best in cancer care to underserved patients around the world. GO’s programs are designed to:
- Connect directly to patients;
- Partner with providers; and
- Mobilize a global community into action.
Their overarching goals are:
- Improving patient care; and
- Building a global network.
GO’s programs in the areas of advanced training, education, and technology development include:
- Creating the Global Cancer Project Map (http://gcpm.globalonc.org) to help those interested in making an impact on the global cancer problem figure out who is doing what and where. This work has been generously supported by the National Cancer Institute.
- Developing low-literacy patient education materials to encourage treatment adherence and more actively engage patients in their care.
- Organizing virtual case conferences and consultations between cancer specialists in the US and doctors in Malawi. This has inspired the development of an online consulting and advising platform known as GO CAP.
- Providing training and education for a National Hospice and Palliative Care Program in Belarus.
- Establishing the GO Young Professional Alliance, a growing network of young professionals who advocate and engage in GO’s work.
- Convening 180 global health experts for the first-ever Global Cancer Innovation Hack-a-thon in which twenty-four teams developed innovative solutions addressing cancer care hurdles and enabling care for the most underserved populations.
In addition to mobilizing over 10,000 hours of team effort, with an imputed value of $1-2 million, GO projects have received funding from the National Cancer Institute, noted above, as well as from other donors.