Detection, diagnosis, and treatment of gastric cancer involves many different specialties within the multidisciplinary cancer care team—outreach and screening, nutrition, surgery, medical oncology, pathology, nursing, social work, and administration. Knowledge of effective practices in care coordination and the evaluation of available therapies can help community cancer programs improve the patient experience. ACCC will seek to identify these effective practices through a survey of its membership. As part of ACCC’s established education program, Improving Quality Care in Small-Population Cancers, this project seeks to improve the quality of care for gastric cancer patients treated at community cancer programs.
ACCC is pleased to partner on this project with Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
- To raise awareness about the special needs of SPCs in the community setting, including how to stay up-to-date on the latest clinical information and treatment protocols around gastric cancer.
- Identify effective practices, including education materials and resources, based on survey results for supporting gastric cancer patients through diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up, and how to best implement these effective practices in the community setting.
- To establish Community Resource Centers (CRCs) for gastric cancer in which community-based programs with expertise in meeting the unique needs of patients with gastric cancer are available to answer questions and provide direction to other programs.