Two female doctors at the ICC in Honduras in 2013

International Cancer Corps, Honduras

ASCO’s support of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), an international medical education organization, provides an opportunity to strengthen cancer care in medical centers in low-resource countries. By volunteering for HVO’s education and training programs, oncology professionals can share their medical expertise and build long-term, supportive relationships with clinicians in these countries.

HVO pairs eligible oncology professionals with a medical center whose needs match the expertise of the volunteer. Volunteers spend one to four weeks onsite. During that time, volunteers teach and train staff, residents, and students, and gain insight into the center's cancer management needs and challenges.

Volunteers must be appropriately trained and credentialed medical professionals who specialize in oncology. This includes physicians (medical, radiation, surgical oncology, among other specialists), laboratory professionals, and nurses. Final year oncology fellows will be accepted if paired with an experienced volunteer.

There are Four HVO Education and Training Sites Accepting Oncology Volunteers

Volunteers Needed for Honduras in 2017

  • February 5-11: Surgical oncologist and a breast oncologist
  • May 7-13: Surgical oncologist and a gynecologic oncologist
  • August 6-12: Surgical oncologist and a gynecologic oncologist
  • November 5-11: Surgical oncologist and a breast oncologist

ASCO members interested in learning more about volunteering for HVO through the International Cancer Corps (ICC) should send an e-mail to international@asco.org, or contact HVO by sending an e-mail to a.moody@hvousa.org.

ASCO member and volunteer Linus Chuang, MD, and Jose Angel Sanchez, MD, discuss the International Cancer Corps and the role of ASCO volunteers in improving cancer care in Honduras and worldwide