November Scholar

OHSU School of Nursing November Scholar

Frances Lee-lin

Frances Lee-Lin, Ph.D., R.N, Assistant Professor  

Starting a Cancer Screening Focused Research Program with Asian Americans

The driving force behind my passion for my research is a desire to reduce cancer health disparities and to improve the health of Asian Americans. I have been in cancer nursing since 1986, functioning as a clinical nurse, oncology educator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, assistant director, senior research nurse, and academic faculty member. Despite the widespread availability of cancer screening, disparities in cancer screening rates persist among Asian Americans. As the number of Asian Americans increases in American society, the need for cancer screening, symptom control and communication with health care providers also increases.  

My Master's thesis from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) studied the informational needs of newly diagnosed Chinese American cancer patients. My doctoral work at the University of Utah focused on the knowledge, beliefs, and practices related to mammography and Pap smear screening among Chinese American women. My recently funded American Cancer Society (ACS) study is designed to improve mammography screening rates for Chinese American women. I am also a co-investigator of a R21 study on colorectal screening in Asian Americans with Dr. David Lieberman. This ongoing study focuses on improving colorectal screening among Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Americans using a culture-based educational intervention within a community center environment. I am fortunate to work in an environment that supports and values my efforts to make a difference in the health of Asian Americans.