With cancer, it really does matter in which of the two worlds you live. The inequalities are extreme, but a dedicated group of Canadian cancer experts and volunteers are working to help narrow the divide through Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration.
Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration is harnessing Canada’s cancer knowledge and leadership to assist local health care professionals in resource-constrained countries in palliative care, end-of-life care and cancer control strategies. Together we are collaborating to overcome barriers such as lack of training, diagnostic services and treatment infrastructure.
Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration focuses on three priority areas:
Our volunteer team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals is collaborating to increase care locally and enhance cancer care globally.
Hospitals for children, access to life saving therapies, and palliative and end-of-life support for children are rare in resource-constrained countries.
A major focus of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration has been to support curative interventions for childhood cancers. 2WCC in partnership with INCTR is developing resources and protocols that can be implemented and sustained by care professionals in resource-constrained communities.
Two Worlds pediatric care goals:
There is an urgent humanitarian need for palliative care in resource challenged countries, where patients are usually diagnosed at an advanced stage of cancer. Globally more than 70% of cancers occur in the resource-constrained world.
In India, it is estimated that less than 4% of patients who would benefit, have access to palliative and end-of-life care. Oral morphine and other effective pain control medications are largely unavailable in the lesser-resourced world.
Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration, in partnership with INCTR, is working to enhance palliative and end-of-life care for adults and children, including pain management and psychological support.
While Brazil is an “emerging economy” and is considered an important player on the global economic stage, it has significant disparities in medical care. Two Worlds is partnering with INCTR-Brazil and the National Cancer Institute of Brazil (INCA).
Since 2013, 2WCC health professionals have collaborated with Peru’s National Cancer Institute (INEN) and with the association of South American National Cancer Institutes (RINC).
In India and Nepal, Two Worlds is actively engaged in population-based palliative and end-of-life care and outreach healthcare programs in urban and rural communities.
2WCC is initiating a pilot project in early detection and surgical management of oral cancer – one of the most common cancers in men and women in Asia – supported by the MNJ Institute in Hyderabad.