Here at Touch Medical Media, we are supporting World Cancer Day in the second year of the three-year campaign called ‘Close the Care Gap’.
In 2022, the theme was all about ‘Realizing the problem’. This year, the focus is on ‘Uniting our voices and taking action’.
In recognition of World Cancer Day’s theme of Close the Care Gap, I would like to emphasize the critical and, at times, underrecognized role of cancer caregivers and family members.
So much that contributes to the quantity and quality of life for cancer patients is provided by the selfless support of these team members. We, in turn, understand the importance of both recognizing and easing their burden in order to close the care gap. (Dr Mike Gibson, Editorial Board Member, touchONCOLOGY)
Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr Axel Merseburger, recommends funding research into sex-specific differences in cancer therapies:
“It is well known that women experience greater changes and fluctuations in hormone levels, which are affected by factors such as age, contraception and menopause. Hormones can significantly affect the immune system and the body’s ability to metabolise drugs. Therefore, sex-related dosing, or dosing that is synchronised with hormone cycles is needed. Liver function also plays an important role, as this differs between men and women. More research could close the gap in this field.”
In support we would also like to share a selection of articles and video interviews with leading experts covering a range of topics that could help work towards ‘Closing the Care Gap’: