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Geographic Health Disparities: Satellite Clinics for Cancer Care in Rural Communities

Meredith L. Curtis
Valerie S. Eschiti
CJON 2018, A1-A7 DOI:
Background: Cancer treatment is time-consuming and challenging for most patients, but particularly for those who live in geographically isolated areas. Satellite chemotherapy infusion centers offer a possible solution to geographic disparities in health care.  
Objectives: This article analyzes a satellite chemotherapy infusion center on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. 
Methods: Interviews were conducted with staff of the infusion department of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, which has partnered with the cancer center at Massachusetts General Hospital to offer a satellite chemotherapy infusion center for island residents. 
Findings: High-quality community hospitals are increasingly able to offer specialized oncology treatment and nursing care at greater convenience for patients through the use of satellite clinics.