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A 3D Lung Nodule Tool Improves Patient Distress Following LDCT

By Theresa Roelke, MSN, RN, AGNP-C

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute was awarded a 2021 ACCC Innovator Award for designing and implementing a 3D Lung Nodule educational tool in patient decision-making consults to increase patient health literacy of incidental lung nodules and decrease distress. Learn how this 3D tool empowers patients to assume health autonomy and health stewardship.

Also in This Issue:

  • Implementing a Remote Work Program for Cancer Registrars
    Like oncology, cancer registries have evolved with advances in technology and the adoption of the EHR. A how to on a remote work program for your cancer registry to better meet staff needs and ensure compliance.
  • Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative: A Model for Translation Outreach
    Through a state-wide collaboration in Maine, this research initiative engages key oncology stakeholders as partners in advancing biomarker testing and application into practice, increasing access to state-of-the-art genomic testing and clinical trials..
  • An Optimal Care Coordination Model for Medicaid Patient with Lung Cancer: Rationale, Development, and Design
    The ACCC Optimal Care Coordination Model, a three-year initiative, is designed to assess and strengthen lung cancer delivery systems across the U.S. to improve outcomes for Medicaid patients.
  • Improving the Quality of Care for Persons with Advanced Epithelial Ovarian Cancer
    Through an ACCC quality improvement workshop, ACCC Member Programs identified issues to address and implemented approaches to improve quality cancer care for patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer.
  • Multidisciplinary Multiple Myeloma Care: Models of Quality Improvement
    Through an ACCC visiting experts workshop, three ACCC Member Programs developed quality improvement interventions to address the care gaps in treating patients with multiple myeloma.
  • Multidisciplinary Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Care: Models of Quality Improvement
    Through an ACCC visiting experts workshop, three ACCC Member Programs developed quality improvement interventions to address care gaps in treating patients with acute lymphocytic leukemia care.
  • The Evolving Immunotherapeutic Landscape in Renal Cell Carcinoma
    Workshop faculty share their expert experience on how to successfully integrate immunotherapies into the treatment of patients with renal cell carcinoma.


  • Change of Course for Some 2021 Payment Rates and Policies


  • St. Elizabeth Cancer Care, Edgewood, Kentucky


  • Mentoring Those New to Oncology

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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.