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Keywords:

  • community networks;
  • cancer;
  • quality of life;
  • health disparities;
  • palliative care;
  • comprehensive cancer care;
  • spirituality

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although large numbers of cancer survivors exist in every community, including minority communities, there is a significant gap in knowledge about best practices for these patients.

METHODS:

The Community Networks Program, funded by the National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, has developed and tested unique services for these communities. These programs have used community-based participatory research techniques under a framework of diffusion of innovation and communications theory.

RESULTS:

This article describes some specifically tailored interventions that may be useful to a wide range of providers working with the underserved.

CONCLUSIONS:

Enhancing life after cancer can be achieved in underserved communities by supplementing local resources. Cancer 2012. © 2012 American Cancer Society.