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CRISPR-Directed Gene Editing in a Community Cancer Center

By Eric B. Kmiec, PhD

CRISPR, a gene editing tool, has entered the scientific arena and public discourse at an astounding speed. Eric B. Kmiec, PhD, director of the Gene Editing Institute at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, discusses the emergence of gene editing, how it can be utilized as a tool in the battle against cancer, and the challenges facing its transition from bench to bedside.

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  • While financial navigation programs ease the burden of financial toxicity on patients with cancer and help healthcare organizations with revenue loss, the manual nature of the process is challenging for navigators and financial advocates. Cowell Family Cancer Center piloted a financial navigation software program to analyze the effects of automation on productivity, workflow, and organizational alignment.
  • Exercise has been demonstrated to alleviate the effects of cancer-related fatigue, but patients with cancer may not understand the true scope of its benefits. Mount Sinai Downtown Cancer Centers created a quality improvement (QI) initiative to provide psycho-education on exercise during initial radiation treatments and throughout treatments.
  • Advanced practice providers entering the oncology workforce need more than graduation from an advanced practice program; formal training is necessary. Norton Healthcare began a continuous QI initiative to enhance existing orientation processes for closing this practice gap.
  • Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screenings are a critical tool in detecting early-stage malignancies in at-risk patient populations. Read how the Lefcourt Family Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center recruited physician champions, implemented infrastructure, and reached out to their community to address a high-risk catchment area.
  • Because of its growing retirement-age population and its unique location on a barrier island, The Outer Banks Hospital saw patients with lung cancer presenting at too late a stage for curative treatment. Learn how the hospital created an LDCT program and partnered with local providers and community cancer centers to identify patients with lung cancer at an earlier stage.

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  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Cancer Services

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On March 20, attend one of our pre-conference events. The Radiation Oncology and Surgical Oncology Pre-Conferences will explore forward-thinking strategies to strengthen your programs and practices. Or you can attend Capitol Hill Day to meet with legislative staff from your state and advocate for meaningful policies that will benefit patients and providers. These events are FREE with your AMCCBS registration.

On March 21–22, experience two days of inspired learning about the challenges facing oncology professionals today. Through breakout sessions, featured panels, case studies, and Deep Dive Workshops, you’ll come away with new information and practical approaches to improving cancer care delivery. Read our agenda for more.

Also on March 22, the ACCC Oncology Care Model Collaborative Workshop brings together representatives from OCM-participating practices to share their challenges and solutions. Learn from your peers how best to meet requirements and continue the transformational changes that the OCM has generated. The OCM Collaborative Workshop is FREE with your Annual Meeting registration.

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