The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (AANCART)'s contributions toward reducing Asian American cancer health disparities, 2000-2017

Moon S Chen, Edward A. Chow, Tung T. Nguyen

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In 2000 and in 2 subsequent 5-year cycles, the National Cancer Institute funded grantees on a regional and national basis to address community needs for cancer awareness, research, and training. The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART) is fortunate to have been funded since 2000 to focus on mitigating cancer health disparities facing Asian Americans residing primarily in California and Hawaii. This article highlights AANCART's achievements with respect to the original specific aims and unanticipated outcomes in its most recent funded cycle. METHODS: Sources included reports to the National Cancer Institute and peer-reviewed articles as well as the insights of the 3 principal investigators. RESULTS: All aims of the original application (infrastructure, outreach, research, and training) were attained or exceeded. Most distinctive was the completion and publication of 8 randomized controlled trials to address Asian American cancer health disparities and its nurture of 14 new and early stage investigators who have been productive in terms of research career trajectories. CONCLUSIONS: AANCART is contributing to mitigating Asian American cancer health disparities by catalyzing academic and community collaborations that have resulted in linguistically specific and culturally tailored educational products, scientifically rigorous interventions addressed at cancer risk factors, and nurturing new and early stage Asian American cancer investigators. Cancer 2018;124:1527-34.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1527-1534
Number of pages8
JournalCancer
Volume124
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

Keywords

  • Asian American
  • cancer burden
  • intervention research
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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