HCRI Addresses Barriers to Cancer Care

Investigators in the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) are dedicated to conducting innovative and integrative research that confronts the complex challenges of cancer.  Our programmatic structure fosters multi-disciplinary cancer research by promoting interactions among research groups with distinct expertise and by training young scientists to work across scientific fields.

Director, Dr. Sharon Stack, leads Harper’s efforts in removing barriers to cancer care.  Currently, approximately 80% of cancer patients receive their cancer care in a community hospital setting rather than at a large academic medical center.   “We are working with community partners to understand the specific needs of cancer patients that receive their care in the community hospital setting.”

This video demonstrates one of the ways by highlighting Harper’s partnership with local organizations to overcome transportation issues associated with patients’ cancer treatment.