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Paving the Way for APPs in Clinical Research

By Barbara A. Gabriel

Christa Braun-Inglis, MS, APRN-Rx, FNP-BD, AOCNP, shares her wealth of clinical experience as a nurse practitioner in clinical research—an uncommon line of work for her profession. She explains that mentorship and experience is key for advanced practice providers (APPs) to build their career in oncology research.

Also in This Issue:

  • Telehealth at Its Best
    Learn how Life with Cancer, a program of Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Virginia, transitioned its supportive care services to a fully virtual model with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients and survivors can receive support virtually in a variety of areas, including psychosocial health, integrative oncology, support groups, AYAs, and more.
  • Confronting Cyberthreats to Your Practice
    Cyberattacks pose a threat to industries across the globe 24/7. Therefore, having a plan in place is key for any cancer program or practice to prepare for a security breach. Learn how your program can prepare, recognize, and handle a cyberattack.
  • All it Takes is One
    A cybercriminal could have access to your cancer program’s protected data instantly if your staff do not practice good cyber hygiene. These four simple policies can help establish an effective cybersecurity awareness culture in your cancer program.
  • Cold Cap Therapy: 101
    Scalp cooling provides women and men the opportunity to protect their hair from the potential damage of chemotherapy treatment. Bon Secours Mercy Health in Kentucky recognized this need among its patients, and it now provides patients the most up-to-date cold capping technology and financial support for this supportive service not usually covered by insurance.
  • Expanding Patient Access to Cancer Care Services
    Prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency, The Chartis Group conducted a survey to measure participants’ performance and organization in improving patient access to care. Results show that cancer programs are struggling to meet the growing demand for services.
  • After the Outbreak: Preparing for the Return of Cancer Cases
    As preventative measures and cancer outreach efforts were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer programs must begin preparing for an increase patient volume, while also best navigating new cases.
  • Education Interventions Improve Management of irAEs, Study Shows
    Learn how patient health literacy on immune-related adverse events (irAEs) can help oncologists better manage this patient population.


  • A Look at What Telehealth May Look Like in 2021


  • Baptist Cancer Center, Memphis, Tennessee


  • Helping Patients Access Free Mobile Phones and Cell Service

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Publications That Keep You Ahead of the Competition

ACCC members consistently give ACCC publications high marks for their timeliness and usefulness. Experts in the field of oncology contribute to ACCC's publications and provide a solution-based approach to educating oncology healthcare professionals about streamlining and improving cancer services, practice management trends and strategies; implementing new treatments and technology; and planning for regulatory and legislative change.

Oncology Issues Journal

Oncology Issues, the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Community Cancer Centers, is one of the only non-clinical, programmatic publications that provides "how-to" articles for the entire multidisciplinary oncology care team. The journal covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Hospital & physician alignment strategies
  • Quality & performance improvement initiatives
  • Staffing models
  • Cancer service line strategic planning
  • Cancer & population health initiatives
  • Precision medicine & new treatment modalities, such as immunotherapy
  • Community outreach & education
  • Screening & prevention programs
  • Implementation of care delivery models & alternative payment models
  • Clinical research in the community setting
  • Efforts to improve the patient experience & patient engagement
  • Programs to address at-risk and disparate patient populations

Patient Assistance & Reimbursement Guide

This annual publication together information on pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, foundations, and non-profit assistance programs, co-pay programs, and reimbursement resources. Access the PDF version online with links to program information and enrollment forms.

ACCC Trending Now in Cancer Care Survey

This annual ACCC survey is designed to educate cancer programs and practices on nationwide developments in the business aspects of cancer care delivery. Data can help programs and practices evaluate their own organization's performance relative to similar organizations and assist in short- and long-term budgeting and cancer service line planning. Survey highlights are available online. Full survey results are available to ACCC members only. ACCC uses data from this annual survey to information ACCC education projects.