October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is developing a National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence.
According to a release, the effort will provide women veteran cancer patients with cutting edge care and access to potentially lifesaving clinical trials.
“Each year, an estimated 700 women veterans enrolled in VA health care are diagnosed with breast cancer — calculating to one in eight women diagnosed within their lifetime,” said Acting VA Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers.
Partnerships with medical and research universities will help advance and expand VA’s teleoncology and other services to provide the best cancer care and treatment options to women veterans across the country, the release states.
As part of this effort, VA is also seeking to partner with additional oncology medical and research organizations and universities that deliver world-class care and research.