From the Director

Reducing the Burden of Cancer

Author: George Weiner
Date: N/A

There is no question we are making progress against cancer in Iowa and beyond faster than ever before, and there is no question this progress is not fast enough.

I have the privilege of being involved in the effort to reduce the burden of cancer in my roles as a physician, a researcher, and an administrator, which gives me a broad perspective on the opportunities and challenges we face.

In this blog, I will not be speaking in any official capacity (my various roles can be found at ) but instead will describe my personal perspective on what is happening and on how we can accelerate progress in reducing cancer in Iowa and beyond as rapidly as possible.

I intend to blog once or twice each month and to discuss topics that will be of interest to health care professionals and non-professionals alike.

So… I will start out with the big picture.

If we are to accelerate the rate of progress, we need to

  • Support advances in the laboratory that are taking place at a remarkable rate and are allowing us to understand cancer at the molecular level
  • Grow our portfolio of clinical research trials based on those laboratory advances
  • Provide the very best scientifically-based, interdisciplinary, compassionate care to each and every cancer patient
  • Work with a broad coalition to encourage behaviors that reduce the risk of cancer
  • Better understand how research advances can be applied to the community to reduce the burden of cancer
  • Support education of laboratory scientists, clinicians and public health experts dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer
  • Communicate and collaborate with a broad range of individuals and groups on current challenges and opportunities to reduce the burden of cancer in our community and beyond

I will touch on specific examples of each of these points in the months ahead, and look forward to your feedback and your suggestions on specific topics to cover.

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