The role of biomarkers and molecular profiling in cancer diagnosis and treatment continues to expand. In oncology, a biomarker can indicate cancer type, how a cancer will progress if left untreated, what specific treatment may be most effective for a given cancer, and how well treatment is working over time. For five of the most common types of cancer (lung, prostate, colorectal, breast, and skin), there are more than 75 biomarkers used in clinical practice. The sheer number of treatment options across tumor types and the complexity of delivering care makes it difficult for cancer care providers to integrate new therapeutics, like biomarker testing, into their practices.
Barriers to using biomarker testing are common. Respondents to ACCC’s 2018 Trending Now in Cancer Care Survey indicate that insurance coverage, reimbursement, and insufficient protocols are among the issues working against the widespread implementation of biomarker testing in oncology practices.
To help cancer care providers surmount these and other barriers and enhance their knowledge of this rapidly evolving treatment area, ACCC launched the first phase of BiomarkerLIVE in April 2019. Since then, ACCC has worked with clinical experts and industry leaders to develop a common lexicon of biomarker terminology to promote better communication among cancer care teams; establish a resource library of materials relevant to cancer biomarkers and biomarker testing; and host a how-to webinar that explores how cancer programs can use these tools to implement effective biomarker testing protocols for their patients.
Building on the success of BiomarkerLIVE’s launch, Phase 2 will help cancer providers better understand what is needed to facilitate the integration of precision medicine into everyday practice. The objective of this phase is twofold:
There are four key initiatives for this phase of the project:
This webinar series covers the foundational elements of biomarker testing and application in cancer care. Topics include biomarker basics, inherited cancers, cost and coverage, laboratory medicine and tumor-specific case examples.
Presented at the 2020 ASCO Virtual Scientific Program
BiomarkerLIVE Project from the Association of Community Cancer Centers Supports Providers in Integration of Precision Medicine into Everyday Practice
April 29, 2020