VIDEO: Disparities in radiation oncology are ‘a large drawback’

September 17, 2022

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Healio Interview

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Healio was unable to find out related monetary disclosures on the time of publication.


CHICAGO — Troubled by disparities of their discipline, two radiation oncologists are taking small but integral steps to handle inequities.

Parul N. Barry, MD, FACRO, and Sarahgene Gillianne DeFoe, MD, each of the College of Pittsburgh Medical Middle, Magee-Womens Hospital, advised Healio that solely 1 / 4 of radiation oncologists are ladies, and fewer than 3% are underrepresented minorities.

“It is a huge drawback for our discipline since about half of our sufferers are ladies and a minimum of 20% or extra of our sufferers” are from underrepresented populations, Barry stated.

Barry and DeFoe have labored collectively to handle the disparities in radiation oncology.

“I co-created with Dr. Barry a program on most cancers and most cancers disparities for radiation oncology residents. I feel they have been hungry for that data,” DeFoe stated, noting that many residents felt helpless in 2020.

“They felt like they didn’t know methods to tackle these points that have been clearly at hand, so we devised this course the place we actually dissected what does race imply within the context of the US and the way it defines race, and the way we now have actually traditionally excluded a overwhelming majority of the inhabitants, and the way as residents they will make change for the longer term,” DeFoe stated.

The following step, they stated, will contain a program that shall be carried out Sept. 28 to “additional dissect the work” that they’ve began.

“These steps are integral however small steps, and hopefully they are going to tackle a bigger purpose within the nation the place we do want to handle these disparities in well being care and disparities in our workforce,” Barry stated.

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