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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2006

Affording the Technology of Quality Cancer Care

To Buy or Not to Buy? Cancer Programs Struggle to Make Right Choice

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The nation’s community cancer centers face tough choices in acquiring cutting-edge technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. New technologies hold great promise, but some come with price tags of $1 million or more. Although cancer centers want to promote innovation, programs cannot rely on a “Field-of-Dreams-type” response to new—and often expensive—technology in cancer care, namely, if they buy it, patients will come.

A special session at the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ 32nd Annual National Meeting, March 15, 2006, will focus on the latest innovations in cancer care and examine how cancer centers can best decide which new technologies to implement within their own institutional financial restraints.

“Cancer centers must first have—or be willing to develop—evidence demonstrating that a new technology will improve patient outcomes,” said Cliff Goodman, session moderator for “Affording the Technology of Quality Cancer Care.” “Next, they must take a business perspective that assesses whether the anticipated reimbursement stream will provide sufficient return on the ongoing investment in capital, staffing, and upkeep required to maintain high-quality care.” Goodman is with the Lewin Group, a healthcare consulting company.

The “New Technology” panel will focus on three key questions:

Among the specific technologies to be examined are the da Vinci® Surgical System; the CyberKnife® and Gamma Knife® radiosurgeries; and image-guided radiation therapy; as well as recent innovations in imaging and advances in genetic testing.

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