Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MPH, Program Leader of Survivorship, Supportive and Palliative Care at LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes
To provide optimal whole-person care, the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes flipped the traditional physician-centric clinic model with an approach that empowers a diverse team of providers to serve the mind, body, and spirit of cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and loved ones. Oncologists, advance practice providers, palliative care experts, social workers, therapists, nutritionists, financial navigators, and others work together to prioritize both quality of life and optimal disease treatment. LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes’ tailored support services approaches cancer as a chronic condition that requires long-term, whole-person care.
In December 2018, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Health Austin) began a bold new experiment. With a $50 million grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation, UT Health Austin launched the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, an outpatient cancer clinic that replaces the traditional cancer care approach with a model that treats cancer as a chronic condition that affects the whole person rather than just the disease site.
Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MPH, the program leader of Survivorship, Support, and Palliative Care at LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, says the program is anchored in interdisciplinary supportive care, making available the supportive services that may not be accessible in the traditional cancer care delivery model.
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Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, ACCC Executive Director; Ali McBride PharmD, MS, BCOP, ACCC President 2019-2020; Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MPH, LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes; Rebekkah Schear, MIA, LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes; Randall A. Oyer, MD, ACCC President-Elect 2019-2020
Dr. Elizabeth Kvale, Program Leader of Survivorship, Supportive and Palliative Care, delivers her award-winning presentation at the ACCC 36th National Oncology Conference in Orlando, Florida
Receiving an ACCC Innovator award has helped elevate the credibility and profile of our cancer program to compete with other programs at the national level that are innovating care delivery. It has been wonderful to both connect with other ACCC Award winners, and be featured and to share some of what makes our program special.
Rebekkah Schear, MIA, Associate Director, Patient Experience, LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes
In our current healthcare system, cancer care delivery is often fragmented. Patients and caregivers face many challenges, including providers who do not communicate effectively; disjointed, uncoordinated services that do not address all of their issues; and fragmented, costly systems of care.
The CaLM model is designed to deliver cutting-edge cancer therapies in coordination with psychosocial and
palliative care. This interdisciplinary, team-based approach to care prioritizes survival and supports everyone’s capability, comfort, and calm as they fight cancer.
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