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Cancer Community of Guam partners with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

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The Cancer Community of Guam has joined the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in sharing their resources with one another. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was at the Guam Memorial Hospital to present their goals for global health.

GMH nursing administrator Zena Pacina said, "Today we have a group from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance who's here to outreach with all our other clinics that provide oncology care. And not just the clinics but we have another hospital here to that we want to be able to share information with them. I think that the whole purpose of this conference is to get everybody to the table, all the key players to share resources and share what it is that they're organizations have to provide."

This event will allow cancer care givers to have better access to resources, educational tools and training to enhance patient care and understanding. "A year and half ago we networked with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and one of the things that we found here at the hospital was we had a huge gap in regards to staff education and regards to oncology care. So we wanted to, with the grant that was provided to us from the Guam Cancer Trust Fund, we actually had a hospital grant, so we took that opportunity to reach out SCCA and provide that education for our nurses here," she said.

This partnership provided the opportunity for the Guam Memorial Hospital to work more efficiently with the current resources they have. Pacina said, "We had a group of nurses from the Seattle Cancer Care that actually came to the hospital and did a review and assessment of our resources and they provided us with the education and so like a pathway for us to follow."

This also gave the opportunity for nurses from Guam to receive first hand training from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. "The second phase of it was we actually sent nurses from the hospital to receive hands on training with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance nurses. So they receive hands on care with chemotherapy, they also received didactic training. So this is really great for Guam to be able to have our nurses network," she said.

For more information about future events with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, please call 647-2105.

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