Reflections on and future of hematologic malignancies research in the Veterans Health Administration.
Research in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has played an integral part in learning about cancer biology and treatment. Here we provide examples of past research performed in the VHA focusing on hematologic malignancies, and identify future opportunities for areas of research in this group of uncommon diseases that have specific importance for Veterans and the VHA. Veterans treated in the VHA and in the private sector deserve information that is focused on them, and is not an extrapolation from the larger population. Only by building upon and expanding existing research within the VHA can Veteran-specific results be collected and best practices be developed. In turn, such advances will benefit Veterans affected by these cancers with an improved quality of life and a longer lifespan.
Friedman, DR; Carson, KR; Weinberg, JB
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