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Impact of a Community-Based Cancer Survivorship Program on Quality of Life

By Rachel Funk-Lawler, PhD; Heidi Hamann, PhD; Laura Howe-Martin, PhD; Bijal Balasubramanian, PhD; Michael S. Businelle, PhD; Jeffrey Kendall, PsyD; Joanne M. Sanders, MS; Sarah N. Price, MA; and Keith Argenbright, MD

An analysis of patient-reported outcomes in a community-based cancer survivorship program shows that a cancer program’s aim to address the psychosocial needs of cancer survivors through one-on-one attention, assessment, and referral improved patients’ physical and emotional well-being over time.

Also in This Issue:

  • Supporting Cancer Survivors in Making Healthful Lifestyle Changes
    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a cancer survivorship researcher, successfully led the Harvest for Health study that paired cancer survivors with master gardeners to teach survivors how to plan and maintain season-specific gardens. Now, she is heading up two web-based clinical trials to improve cancer survivor health through positive diet and exercise interventions.
  • The In-Betweeners: A Focus on Young Adults with Cancer
    After attending the 2016 ACCC National Oncology Conference, this private, physician-owned practice returned home with a goal: develop services tailored to their adolescent and young adult patients. Tips for developing a dynamic AYA program, including how to obtain stakeholder buy-in and secure funding.
  • Guided Patient Support
    Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital Cancer’s Guided Patient Support Program provides coordinated whole-person care, ensuring that patients receive the support they need through psychosocial counseling, social support, rehabilitation services, financial counseling, nurse navigation, nutritional intervention, transportation assistance, physical therapy, tertiary care referrals, and medication assistance.
  • Improving Care Coordination: A Model for Lung Cancer
    Patients with lung cancer covered by Medicaid often face financial and social barriers when pursuing treatment. Hear from four testing sites how the ACCC Optimal Care Coordination Model improves care of this underserved patient population.
  • Virtual Toxicity Teams at Johns Hopkins University, Jefferson Health, and Cleveland Clinic 
    Oncologists are often challenged to identify the specialist expertise they need to address immune-related adverse events (irAEs). This series of three articles explores how different cancer programs are approaching this challenge both in-person and virtually.


  • Preparing for E/M Changes to Outpatient Visits in 2021


  • Portneuf Cancer Center, Pocatello, Idaho


  • The Hairstylist Melanoma Challenge

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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.