Immunotherapies have yielded impressive clinical benefits in a growing number of cancers, in many cases surpassing the efficacy of existing therapies. Use of immunotherapies for cancer is expected to increase with ongoing approvals of new drugs and expanded indications for previously approved agents. As the field of immunotherapy continues to evolve at a rapid pace, integrating this new class of agents into mainstream practice brings both operational and clinical challenges. For example, results from the ACCC 2017 Trending Now in Cancer Programs survey showed that 96 percent of providers are prescribing immunotherapeutic agents, yet only 33 percent report that they are "very comfortable" with management of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) and 32 percent report are "very uncomfortable" with managing irAEs. The need for information and guidance on evolving best practices for safe and effective delivery of immunotherapy in the community is clear.
To help meet this need, ACCC and AXIS Medical Education are jointly providing an educational activity on Best Practices for Implementing Cancer Immunotherapy in the Community.
The ACCC Best Practices for Implementing Cancer Immunotherapy in the Community education program provides guidance and information on the practical issues surrounding immunotherapy delivery to all members of the multidisciplinary cancer team who care for cancer patients treated with this new class of agents.
Expert faculty share learned experiences from this program in a one-hour webinar. Gain practical solutions and strategies to overcome barriers to implementing immunotherapies, and guidance to improve coordination and communication within the care team and for patient engagement.
Ari VanderWalde, MD, MPH, MBioeth, Director of Clinical Research, West Cancer Center and Associate Vice Chancellor of Research, Division of Hematology/Oncology,
University of Tennessee
Missak Haigentz Jr., MD, Section Chief and Hematology/Oncology Chair, Cancer Committee, Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System
Laura Wood, RN, MSN, OCN, Renal Cancer Center Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic, Taussig Cancer Institute
Sarah Hudson-DiSalle, PharmD, RPh, Oncology Pharmacy Manager, Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital
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Best Practices for Implementing Cancer Immunotherapy in the Community provides guidance and information on practical issues surrounding the delivery of immunotherapy to all members of the multidisciplinary care team involving in caring for cancer patients treated with these new agents. Through an application process two ACCC member programs have been selected to participate in this learning opportunity:
Schwab Family Cancer Center
Clearview Cancer Institute
Members of the project's expert Advisory Committee have worked with these ACCC member programs to identify gaps in practice that may affect delivery of optimal care for patients treated with immunotherapy for cancer. Once gaps were identified, each participating site hosted a half-day on-site workshop for their multidisciplinary team members who are involved in delivery of immunotherapies for cancer and the care of patients who treated with these therapies in the community. During the workshops, which were held in mid- 2018, participants:
Participating sites will report on post-workshop action plan progress at three months and six months. Lessons learned will be shared with ACCC membership and the broader oncology community.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.