Global Cancer Program Lectures Series

Phased Implementation: A Novel Strategy for Applying Breast Cancer Guidelines in LMICs 

Benjamin O. Anderson, MD, FACS 

Chair and Director, Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI); Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Director, Breast Health Clinic, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance'Professor of Surgery and Global Health Medicine, University of Washington

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Resource-stratified guidelines provide a framework for implementing breast cancer early detection, diagnosis and treatment, but implementation strategies are needed to improve comprehensive breast health care, by providing a process framework allowing programs to be implemented systematically, reproducibly, and in context using individualized approaches that are practical and sustainable. The Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) has reported on pilot work in Tanzania and Peru and described ‘phased implementation’, an approach that provides a flexible stepwise approach for early breast cancer detection in the absence of mammographic screening. Parallel efforts in breast cancer treatment and are being explored. Global breast cancer outcomes can improve once successful breast health programs are integrated within broader women’s healthcare systems. 

Dr. Anderson is an internationally recognized leader in global cancer control. With joint appointments at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Division of Public Health Sciences and the UW Department of Global Health, Dr. Anderson created in 2002 and chairs the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), a unique program to develop “resource-stratified” guidelines for breast cancer early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In 2011 the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) awarded Dr. Anderson their Partners in Progress Award and in 2013 the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) awarded him their 2013 Inspiration Award, recognizing his dedicated efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of breast cancer care around the globe. Since 2012, Dr. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Dr. Anderson now co-chairs the Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5), a global campaign to reduce disparities in breast cancer outcomes for 2.5 million women in the next decade.



Monday, June 12, 2017 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Mission Hall, 1407
550 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

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School of Medicine, Global Health Sciences


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni


Mission Bay



Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

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