Provider Programs

Through our Global Tumor Boards and Fellows Program, GCI has supported hundreds of doctors around the world, improving the care of thousands of cancer patients globally.

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Impacting Patient Care Around the World

Global Tumor Boards

GCI hosts regular videoconference meetings, where physicians and oncologists in developing countries connect directly to a multidisciplinary panel of doctors from the U.S. and other developed countries. Together, they discuss challenging breast and gynecologic cancer cases.

The Global Tumor Board meetings are hosted twice a month. Coupled with our connections to over 850 doctors in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, our work impacts thousands of patients worldwide.

Connecting doctors & oncologists to world-class cancer experts

Tumor boards are a common — often required — practice in hospitals in the U.S. and other developed countries. However, in low- and middle- income countries, tumor board meetings are rare due to fragmented health systems and busy clinic schedules.

Physicians and oncologists in developing countries often work more than one job and 14-hour days. There is little time for research, and few structured avenues through which to consult with colleagues about patient care.

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By 2025, 59% of all new cancer cases and 68% of all cancer deaths will come from low- and middle-income countries.

A sounding board for complex cancer cases

At GCI Global Tumor Board videoconference sessions, doctors discuss a patient’s cancer and treatment options with a multidisciplinary group of colleagues who specialize in:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • And other subspecialties

These discussions allow doctors to reach consensus on the best treatment plan, and ensures that their patients receive the best care possible — care that has been extensively discussed, with input from a multidisciplinary panel of experts.

In just one hour, doctors in developing countries:

  • Present particularly unique or difficult cases
  • Receive input on how the patient's care would be approached at the panelists' institutions
  • Are educated on clinical best practices and the latest research findings applicable to the presented cases

A global network for knowledge sharing

It’s not just the doctors presenting these cases who are online — each of their community clinics and any other global doctor can join and view the tumor board live!

Our tumor boards act as an educational tool for young doctors who may otherwise have difficulty performing research on their own or accessing the newest knowledge in the field today.

GCI tumor boards have built a global network of doctors committed to sharing knowledge and expertise to improve the standard of cancer care globally. For each individual doctor we engage in our Global Tumor Boards, we can shift their pattern of practice for at least 1,000 patients per year!

  • Armenia
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe
"My GCI experience has deeply changed my clinical practice."
– GCI Fellow from Mexico
Building a network of ambassadors

GCI Fellows Program

GCI brings promising young oncologists from LMICs to the U.S. to gain exposure to clinical practices, education, and research. Accomplishments of the GCI Fellows Program, combined with it's sister program managed through the Avon Brest Cancer Crusade, include:

  • 80 doctors representing 32 countries mentored since 2012
  • Doctors gain skills and information to not only improve patient care, but also to improve patterns of clinical practice broadly
  • The program builds GCI’s global network with leaders who are shaping the future of cancer care in their countries
  • As participants advance in their careers, they are now in increasing positions of influence within their hospital systems and institutions.