Human papillomavirus (HPV) experts from the nation’s top cancer centers met June 7-8 at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City to discuss strategies for reducing barriers to vaccination and eliminating cancers caused by HPV. The meeting immediately followed a call to action by the nation’s 70 NCI-designated cancer centers—supported by AACI—to increase HPV vaccination and screening, with a goal of 80 percent of American young adults completing the full vaccine series by 2020.
Immunotherapy was in the spotlight during Cancer Immunotherapy Month. AACI staff participated in the Cancer Research Institute’s #WearWhite social media campaign on June 15, and we shared news on the latest advances in the treatment, which harnesses a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer.
- Read how a new approach to immunotherapy helped breast cancer patients who were unresponsive to other treatments
To celebrate Pride Month, we shared “What’s Love Got to Do With It? Providing Access to Equitable Health Care for LGBTQI Patients in the Nation’s Capital.” The March 2018 AACI Commentary by Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, highlights the Together-Equitable-Accessible-Meaningful (TEAM) education program at GW Cancer Center, which offers technical assistance to 24 health care systems seeking to improve health equity for LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex) populations in their clinical service setting.
We also brought attention to the health disparities and unique cancer risks faced by LGBTQI individuals and shared a compelling story about a gay man coming to grips with a breast cancer diagnosis.
- Read the Commentary.
- Check out these resources from the National LGBT Cancer Network.
- Read Michael’s story about being diagnosed with breast cancer – one of many important stories at the National LGBT Cancer Project.
AACI also shared other men’s health facts—on everything from prostate cancer to the negative health impacts of smoking—throughout Men’s Health Month.
Coming up in July:
- 10th Annual AACI Clinical Research Initiative Meeting (July 11-12, Chicago)
- Sarcoma Awareness Month
- UV Safety Month