Vail Valley cancer center grant funds care in rural areas |

Vail Valley cancer center grant funds care in rural areas

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colo. – Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh, director of radiation oncology at Edwards’ Shaw Regional Cancer Center, has been awarded one of two $1.35 million grants to improve cancer treatment for residents of rural areas.

With the grant, Shaw Regional Cancer Center will develop a program that uses the Internet to plan and review cancer treatments, allowing radiation oncologists at rural hospitals to collaborate with experts.

“The project is called ‘Chartrounds’,” said Hardenbergh. “The program will improve cancer care in community hospitals, a setting where 85 percent of patients in the U.S. receive cancer care.”

The grant was awarded by the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is the recipient of the other grant.

“Improvements in the care received by patients, in its most important translation, means more patients who are cured of cancer,” said Hardenbergh. “There will be clear advantages right away in using this program.”

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