Dr. Lisa Kennedy Sheldon will be a part of the International Cancer Corps team to Tegucigalpa, Honduras this August. Dr. Sheldon will join two gynecologic oncologists and an oncology clinical nurse specialist to work with oncology providers. The team is part of the International Cancer Corps (ICC), a program started by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas, an international medical education organization.
Since 2010, the ICC has worked with healthcare providers, academic institutions, and healthcare institutions to develop cancer programs in low resource countries. Teams of healthcare providers from the United States have traveled to low and middle-income countries such as Honduras and Ethiopia, volunteering 1 to 4 weeks to work with oncology care providers to improve cancer care. This year, for the first time, the returning team to Honduras will include two oncology nurses who will provide educational programs and explore cancer nursing for future program development. Dr. Sheldon's work in Honduras in August is fully supported by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Dr. Sheldon is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing with a focus on oncology nursing and cancer care. Dr. Sheldon’s research focuses on patient-provider communication, particularly in oncology care. Currently, she is working with colleagues at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to explore provider responses to cancer patient cues of distress using audio-taped, patient-provider communication obtained during actual oncology visits. Dr. Sheldon earned her PhD from the University of Utah.