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Building Bridges, Breaking Down Barriers Building Bridges, Breaking Down Barriers

By Elizabeth Archer-Nanda, Marisa Crenshaw, Rebecca Reichert, and Sarah Parsons

With the inclusion of psychosocial measures for accreditation at many cancer programs, and the push for psychological screening to be included in routine care, learn how an embedded psycho-oncology program improves patient-centered care. Read our cover story online. Plus, download the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9).

Highlights from this Issue:

Building a Navigation and Psychosocial Support Program from the Ground UpIn Building a Navigation and Psychosocial Support Program from the Ground Up an oncology nurse navigator worked with a hospital Steering Committee to develop and implement navigation and psychosocial services, including a unique partnership with a local community agency to help meet higher than expected referrals and patient demand. Plus, download Southside Regional Cancer Center’s 2015 disparities priorities and key agency referrals.

Developing an Oncology IT StrategyGet the keys to developing a successful oncology-specific IT strategy in a continuously changing IT environment, including a process description, common pitfalls, and best practices uncovered along the way in Developing an Oncology IT Strategy.

Investigating Radiodynamic Therapy to Treat the UntreatableRead Investigating Radiodynamic Therapy to Treat the Untreatable to find out how Fox Chase Cancer Center is working to bring technology based on a specialized accelerator known as a Racetrack Microtron, which delivers radiation at very high energies, offering treatment to a patient population often receiving only palliative care, to the U.S.

With more than 40 orally administered anticancer agents in the U.S., read Exploring the Issue of Cancer Drug Parity to get a snapshot of where we are today on the issue of cancer drug parity, including effects on patient care.

More From ACCC:

    • With this new education initiative ACCC will identify barriers and effective practices in starting patients on an oral oncolytics regimen. The project will create tools that cancer programs can use when starting a patient on an oral anticancer regimen or when monitoring treatment with oral agents. Take our survey to help ACCC understand what’s working well and areas for improvement.
    • This year, ACCC has redesigned our annual Trends in Cancer Programs survey. For 2016, we’re launching a phased roll out of four surveys. The first survey to open is for cancer program administrators. Following will be surveys for oncology nurses, pharmacists, and medical director/physician leaders. Learn more and take the administrators’ survey now.

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