Key Publications

The following are key publications of GCP faculty and collaborators. 


Ng, Dianna L., et al. Efficacy of an Intensive, Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy Training Workshop in Tanzania. Journal of Global Oncology, no. 4, 2018, pp. 1–9., doi:10.1200/jgo.18.00134.

Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is a minimally invasive, cost-effective diagnostic tool that can be used in low-resource settings. However, adequacy and accuracy of FNAB is highly dependent on the skills of the operator and requires specialized training. Poor technique can preclude definitive diagnoses because of insufficient quality or quantity of FNAB samples. We evaluated the efficacy of an intensive training experience in Tanzania on improving ultrasound-guided FNAB techniques.


Van Loon, K., et al., The African Esophageal Cancer Consortium: A Call to ActionJournal of Global Oncology, no. 4, 2018, pp. 1-9., doi: 10.1200/JGO.17.00163

Esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide and the sixth most common cause of cancer-related death; however, worldwide incidence and mortality rates do not reflect the geographic variations in the occurrence of this disease. In recent years, increased attention has been focused on the high incidence of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) throughout the eastern corridor of Africa, extending from Ethiopia to South Africa. Nascent investigations are underway at a number of sites throughout the region in an effort to improve our understanding of the etiology behind the high incidence of ESCC in this region. In 2017, these sites established the African Esophageal Cancer Consortium. Here, we summarize the priorities of this newly established consortium: to implement coordinated multisite investigations into etiology and identify targets for primary prevention; to address the impact of the clinical burden of ESCC via capacity building and shared resources in treatment and palliative care; and to heighten awareness of ESCC among physicians, at-risk populations, policy makers, and funding agencies.


Morrissey, L., et al., Disparities in the Delivery of Pediatric Oncology Nursing Care by Country Income Classification: International Survey Results. Journal of Pediatric Blood and Cancer,  doi: 10.1002/pbc.27663

In 2014, a task force of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Pae-diatric Oncology in Developing Countries Nursing Workgroup published six baseline standardsto provide a framework for pediatric oncology nursing care in low- and lower-middle incomecountries (L/LMIC). We conducted an international survey in 2016–2017 to examine the associa-tion between country income level and nurses’ resporting of conformity to the standards at theirrespective institutions.


Rubagumya F, Nyagabona SK, Msami KH, Manirakiza A, Longombe AN, Maniragaba T, Chan H, Paciorek A, Zhang L, Balandya E, Germana LH, Mmbaga EJ, Dharsee N, Van Loon K. Attitudes and Barriers to Research Among Oncology Trainees in East Africa.  Oncologist,  2019 Mar 22. PMID: 30902914. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2018-0805