VA partners with Duke and Baylor in fight against cancer

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has formed a partnership with two universities that it says will enhance treatment for veterans battling breast cancer.

The strategic partnership with Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine will help build the VA’s National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence.

The strategic partnership with Duke University and Baylor College of Medicin e will help build the VA’s National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence.

“VA is steadfast in building bold and innovative partnerships such as this one with Duke and Baylor, which is consistent with VA’s vision to address the public health crisis presented by cancer,” said VA Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers in a blog post.

Through a shared commitment to transform cancer prevention, treatment and outcomes while providing highly coordinated, integrated patient centered care,

The partnership is expected to recruit the nation’s top breast cancer oncologists to advance and improve health outcomes for women veterans. It will also launch new collaborative research programs.

“It is among our top priorities to fight cancer, serve our veterans, build world-class partnerships and hire innovative and well-respected cancer care professionals,” Powers said.

In addition to prioritizing co-recruitment efforts, developing national tumor boards and increasing veteran access to clinical trials, VA, Duke University and Baylor will create a multi-disciplinary steering committee for implementation of these partnerships, the bl0g explains.

The National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence will also partner with the National Cancer Institute, other federal agencies, academic organizations and pharmaceutical and health care technology companies.
The partnerships will provide tele-oncology, decentralized clinical trials and personalized cancer care to women veterans nationwide.

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