Cancer in Europe
Bridging Cancer Care, the Foundation’s cancer initiative in Central and Eastern Europe, directs funding and develops partnerships to help narrow the differences in care and outcomes experienced by countries in central and eastern Europe. Priority areas include:
- Improving cancer nursing skills, knowledge, and capabilities, and building capacity among specialist and general practice nurses
- Building community partnerships which bring together nurses, patient groups,
health departments, civic associations, professional associations and
other community organizations
Promoting screening and cancer education in communities in Severodvinsk, Russia.
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Current partnerships include:
Hungarian Hospice Foundation: Engaging nurses to encourage Roma people in Hungary to participate in cancer screenings and to seek care when needed
International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care: Creating and testing an e-learning tool to provide tobacco control and smoking cessation education to nurses in the Czech Republic and Poland
National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development: Adapting and implementing the U.S. model of the Oncology Nurse Navigator in Romania
Russian Nurses Association: Educating nurses in hospitals and community settings in Russia on chemotherapy best practices and innovations
Triedinstvo: Establishing health centers where nurses work with cancer patients and their families.
For a complete listing of current grants, click here.
The Hungarian League Against Cancer in cooperation with the Vásárhely Health Program and Erzsébet Hospital increased breast cancer screening for socially disadvantaged women through psychosocial support and providing training for mammography technicians. The project, which ran from 2009-2011, increased mammography screening uptake from 43% to 83% in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary. This project exemplifies the partnerships that the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation aims to build to improve cancer care and outcomes for underserved populations in central and eastern Europe. To learn more, please view the video.