Specializing in treating patients with blood cancers and other blood disorders, Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, has served as a hematologist and oncologist with Regional Cancer Care Associates, LLC, since 2012. Continually honing his education in the field, Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum belongs to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
A recent study featured in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that economic background can play a significant role in the quality of cancer care that patients receive. ASCO President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, commented on the study’s findings by affirming the conclusion that advances in cancer care have not always translated into better outcomes, especially for those who come from low-income backgrounds.
ASCO also joined JAMA researchers in urging policymakers and other stakeholders to push for public health initiatives targeting underserved areas to help them get access to better cancer care. The organization has been partnering with local health departments to provide smoking cessation courses and says it will continue to work with other public health entities to address other issues, such as smoking, obesity, and lack of physical activity, that tend to be more prevalent in patients from lower-income backgrounds.