Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Tower Cancer Research Foundation Introduce The Ronnie Lippin Cancer Support and Navigation Project for Underserved Patients"

Friday, May 24, 2024

The Ronnie Lippin Cancer Support and Navigation Project, a collaboration between Tower Cancer Research Foundation and Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, aims to provide essential non-clinical support to underserved cancer patients.

This groundbreaking initiative seeks to alleviate the burdensome clinical and administrative challenges faced by individuals navigating through cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Named after Ronnie Lippin, a significant figure in the music industry, this project is a heartfelt response to the struggles experienced by cancer patients and their families.

Dick Lippin, trustee of The Lippin Family Trust, initiated this endeavor after witnessing his wife Ronnie's battle with cancer. Recognizing the need for accessible guidance and support, the project endeavors to assist individuals lacking resources or knowledge in managing the complexities of cancer care.

Through a grant from The Lippin Family Trust, Tower Cancer Research Foundation is funding this initiative, which will cater to various underserved communities based on factors such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and more.

The project aims to bridge gaps in cancer care by offering tailored navigation services, educational resources, and access to support networks.

Navigators, including those from specific communities like Latinx and LGBTQ+, will provide assistance at every stage of the cancer journey, from screening to survivorship. Services will include assessing patient needs, facilitating communication with healthcare providers, offering mental health support, and connecting patients with relevant resources.

By targeting communities with higher incidence of late-stage diagnosis, such as Latinx, LGBTQ+, Korean, Filipino, Black, and immigrant communities, the project aims to address disparities in cancer outcomes. Ultimately, it seeks to enhance access to care, reduce barriers to treatment, and improve overall cancer-related outcomes for underserved populations.


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