The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention recently opened in New York City's Harlem. The community-based center for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer is a partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and North General Hospital. Harold P. Freeman, MD, Director of the NCI's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Care Disparities and an OT Editorial Board member, heads the 23-member staff.
Shown at the opening with Dr. Freeman (right) are (left to right) Samuel Daniel, MD, President and CEO of North General Hospital; Harold Varmus, MD, MSKCC President; and Ralph Lauren, Chairman and CEO of Polo Ralph Lauren, who provided a $5 million leadership grant to start the center.
“Collectively we can break down socioeconomic barriers to early cancer screening by creating culturally sensitive, state-of-the-art treatment and screening programs that will make a difference in the lives of people who suffer disproportionately from cancer,” Dr. Freeman said in a news release.
The new Center will include “patient navigators,” a concept pioneered by Dr. Freeman. The navigators assist patients and family members in accessing services and ensuring that they are not lost in the complexities of the health care system.
In addition to providing prevention and screening services for colon, prostate, cervical, and breast cancers, the Center will provide state-of-the art outpatient treatment for a wide range of cancers as well as offer services such as pain management and palliative care. The Center will offer culturally sensitive patient care, including a bilingual staff, and will conduct research to advance the understanding of the cultural factors that influence cancer care and improve health outcomes of medically underserved communities.