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Project Title
Improving Timely Access to Care for Women with Advanced Stage Breast Cancer in Botswana

Project Type
Research, Education/Training, Service/Capacity Building

Project Overview
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality for women in Botswana. Most women present to the health system with advanced breast cancer. Factors that delay presentation may include personal beliefs as well as knowledge gaps among clinicians. In addition, the country does not currently have an organized breast cancer screening program, such as mammograms, to facilitate early detection.

Our study aims to improve timely access to care for patients with advanced breast cancer in Botswana. Using a multifaceted approach, we will understand gaps in breast cancer care at the patient level, clinician level, and health system level through qualitative research methods such as focus group discussions with breast cancer patients and caregivers. In addition, we will understand knowledge gaps in breast cancer care and prevention among primary care practitioners. Finally, to improve the care received by breast cancer patients with advanced disease, we will train and implement a system of patient navigators to assist and support patients through their treatment journey.

Read more about this grant-funded project and learn about what the Botswana-Rutgers Partnership for Health is doing to improve cancer care and prevention in Botswana.

Project Leaders
Tendani Gaolathe, MD; Kirthana Sharma, MD, MPH; Refeletswe Lebelonyane, MD, MPH; Richard Marlink, MD 

Rutgers Departments and Schools/Units Involved
Rutgers Global Health Institute

Project Collaborators (partners external to Rutgers)
University of Botswana

Project Location
Gaborone, Botswana

Union for International Cancer Control