As new standards of cancer care are being implemented nationwide and our health care system is changing, Triage Cancer hopes to be in the forefront of educating health care providers, and the cancer community in general, so that they can best utilize the valuable tools and resources that are available for their constituencies.
Triage Cancer collaborates with experts in the areas of medicine, mental health, nursing, social work, patient navigation, nutrition, oncofertility, law, employment, education, financial management, insurance, relationships, sexuality and intimacy, pain and palliative care, advocacy, and other areas of cancer survivorship.
The Triage Cancer Scientific Advisory Council provides guidance on substantive areas of cancer survivorship so that we may best serve the cancer community.
Dr. Susan Hong is the Director of Cancer Survivorship at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Prior to this position, Dr. Hong served as the Director of Cancer Survivorship at the University of Illinois where she established the first cancer survivorship program in the country to be housed within a Federally Qualified Health Center. As Director, she built a clinical cancer survivorship program that addressed the needs of minority and underserved cancer survivors while promoting transdisciplinary research and education. As part of these efforts, she is currently one of the Co-PIs of a five-year CDC-funded grant to support young and metastatic breast cancer survivors.
Prior to joining the University of Illinois, she was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago where I established and led the first comprehensive breast cancer survivorship program in the state of Illinois. During her time there, she also served as the Associate Director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics, led by Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, a world renowned expert in the field of cancer genetics. As part of the Cancer Genetics leadership team, she had an active role in the clinical and research initiatives.
Since 2002, Dr. Hong has been a key member of the Program for Personalized Health and Prevention, a program that features comprehensive full-day physical exams and tailored recommendations for optimal health. In addition to the Program for Personalized Health and Prevention and the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, she sees patients in the Primary Care Group.
Dr. Hong’s research interests focus on cancer survivorship especially as it relates to other chronic health conditions. She currently serves on the national advisory board for the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and is a member of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center.
In addition to clinical care and research, Dr. Hong’s other activities include teaching and providing mentorship to both medical students and internal medicine residents. She regularly speaks on various topics related to both women’s health and cancer survivorship to health professionals and has served on various committees both within the University of Chicago and externally.