Understanding Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Care | Oncology Brothers

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As the host of this podcast episode, we delved into the important topic of colorectal cancer and the disparities that exist in different patient populations. We were joined by Dr. Tanios Bekaii-Saab, a medical oncologist, and Ms. Deneen Richmond, a patient advocate and nurse. Deneen shared her personal journey with rectal cancer, highlighting the challenges faced by patients, especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds.

Dr. Bekaii-Saab discussed the disparities in access to colorectal cancer screening and treatments, emphasizing the importance of early detection and prevention. Both guests highlighted the barriers to screening, including stigma, lack of awareness, and trust issues within communities of color.

The conversation also touched on the rising trend of colorectal cancer in younger patients and the need for tailored education and awareness campaigns. Dr. Bekaii-Saab emphasized the importance of cultural sensitivity and community engagement in raising awareness about colorectal cancer.

Overall, the episode underscored the need for healthcare providers to listen to their patients, address disparities, and work towards improving access to screening and treatment options. The guests emphasized the importance of collaboration, education, and advocacy in ensuring better outcomes for all patients affected by colorectal cancer.

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Dr. Rahul

Dr. Rahul is a Chief of Medical Oncology, making up one-half of the ‘Oncology Brothers.’ He is a valued member of the Guthrie Corning Cancer Center, contributing his extensive knowledge of technology