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Nutrition

Cancer Nutrition Services: A Practical Guide for Cancer Programs. This guide pulls together practical strategies, replicable models of nutrition programs underway at ACCC member programs, and tools for developing or enhancing your cancer program’s nutrition services. Included is the newly revised "Nutrition Services" section of ACCC's Cancer Program Guidelines. Available in print and online.

Nutrition: The 7th Vital Sign
November/December 2010

Building a Nutrition Program within a New Comprehensive Cancer Center
November/December 2010

Issues in Nutrition and Cancer: Update
March/April 2004

Integrating Nutrition into Your Cancer Program
March/April 2002

  • The Design and Implementation of a Model Nutritional Oncology Program
  • The Multidimensional Role of the Dietitian at Your Cancer Center
  • Oncology Nutrition Standards of Care
  • Nutritional Screening and Assessment: An Overview
  • Quality of Life and Nutrition in the Patient with Cancer
  • Nutrition Impact Systems in the Oncology Patient Pharmacologic Interventions for Cancer-related Weight Loss
  • Dietary Supplements During Cancer Treatment

Nutrition and Cancer: An Overview for Clinicians
This special supplement addresses the principles and practice of nutritional oncology into an integrated approach to cancer care.

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

As part of ACCC's Center for Provider Education's Prostate Cancer "Best Practices" Project, Oncology Issues explored five model programs that demonstrated innovative models of prostate cancer care in the community. Also, included are treatment decision-making tools, case studies, quality indicators, clinical pathways, and more.

Prostate Cancer: September/October 2009

Extensive online resources are also available.

Cancer Care Patient Navigation

Cancer Care Patient Navigation: A Call to Action is a resource for community cancer programs interested in implementing or expanding patient navigation services. Learn about five model patient navigation efforts underway at ACCC member programs. Find sample tools including pre-assessment forms, intake summaries, referrals forms, patient satisfaction surveys, outcomes measures, and more.

Cancer Care Patient Navigation Tools for Community Cancer Centers.

Extensive online resources are also available.

Survivorship

Survivorship

Comprehensive Survivorship Services: A Practical Guide for Community Cancer Centers is a collection of practical tools and articles—model programs, survivorship care templates, and more—is designed to help your cancer program build, strengthen, and expand comprehensive survivorship services.

ACCC's Practical Guide to Comprehensive Survivorship Services

Extensive online resources are also available.

IGRT in the Community

As a treatment process, image-guided radiation therapy has been in use for several decades. In recent years, as a result of advances in computer technology hardware and software applications, IGRT technology has reached new levels of sophistication. Here is a brief look at how Varian’s Dynamic Targeting IGRT technology was implemented and is now being used at both freestanding and hospital-based programs.

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GammaKnife

Two model programs, reimbursement outlook, developing a financial proforma, and more.

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Innovations in Imaging

New technology can differentiate your cancer center. Four technologic innovations in diagnostic radiology that hopefully will help advance earlier colon and possibly lung cancer detection, enhance efficiency and patient throughput, improve staging, and ultimately may help direct more effective treatment strategies.

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Pain Management: Trends, Tools, and Techniques

Great strides have been made in developing programs and setting universal guidelines for screening and treating cancer-related pain. To keep readers current, ACCC provides an update on the current trends in oncology pain management and offers assessment tools, strategies, and techniques to reduce patient pain and discomfort.

Current Trends in Pain Management
by Melissa Stewart, Oncology Issues, May/June 2003, Volume 18, Number 3

Effective pain control can have serious economic implications for a cancer center. Good pain management, in addition to enhancing overall quality of life, increases a patient’s ability to comply with prescribed treatment protocols, reduces hospital admissions, and decreases inpatient lengths of stay. (PDF 323 KB)

Building a Model Pain Management Program in Your Community Cancer Center
by Myra Glajchen, Marilyn Bookbinder, and Pilar Gorordo, Oncology Issues, May/June 2003, Volume 18, Number 3

Effectively treating cancer pain is imperative for several reasons. First, unrelieved pain produces needless suffering and feelings of hopelessness in both patients and their caregivers. Second, pain can prevent patients from accepting vitally needed treatment. Finally, unrelieved pain can lead to hospital readmissions, longer inpatient stays, and increased outpatient visits, which cost the health care system millions of dollars annually. (PDF 132 KB)

Building a Palliative Care Program at Your Community Cancer Center
by Ann Allegre, Oncology Issues, May/June 2003, Volume 18, Number 3

Although palliative care programs were developed primarily for patients with serious illnesses, any patient who is suffering from physical or emotional symptoms that impact quality of life can benefit from palliative care. Patients who work with a palliative care team receive services that are more consistent with their personal preferences. (PDF 122 KB)

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