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ACCC Forms Alliance to Improve Cancer Care Continuum

 

June 8, 2022

To address these disparities, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) joined several of its state oncology societies located throughout the region to form the Appalachian Community Cancer Alliance, which seeks to provide residents of the Appalachian Region with interdisciplinary, patient-centered approaches to cancer care, beginning with prevention and throughout survivorship, with an emphasis on enhanced quality of life.

A Community Practitioner and Policy Advocate Who Stresses Holistic, Patient-Centered Care

 


June 3, 2022

Community practices have long been a keystone of our nation’s oncology care delivery system by allowing patients with cancer to receive specialized treatment near their homes and places of business. Innovative clinicians in the community setting are also leading efforts to create a more efficient and equitable value-based delivery system.

“We need to transform our care delivery system,” said Kashyap Patel, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates.  “In addressing a diagnosis of cancer, we run the risk of reducing a human being to a piece of aberrant tissue. We forget this patient is a husband, wife, friend, lover, brother, sister, cousin. If instead of using a fragmented approach, we define patient-centered care as holistic care, with human beings in the center, and fix aberrant tissue as a part of the ecosystem, rather than just focusing on cancer tissue, we can serve patients better,”

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NOLA + Pathways Partnership: Meeting Patients' Needs Locally

 

May 11, 2022

In the final of a three-part blog series, Director-at-Large of the South Carolina Oncology Society, Kashyap Patel, MD, Medical Oncologist, Carolina Blood & Cancer Care Associates, shares how his practice is taking action to improve equitable care delivery on a local level.

 

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Local Action Improves Access to Key Oncology Services 

 

April 28, 2022

In part two of this three-part blog series, Director-at-Large of the South Carolina Oncology Society, Kashyap Patel, MD, Medical Oncologist, Carolina Blood & Cancer Care Associates, shares how his practice’s No One Left Alone (NOLA) initiative is addressing access to care, clinical trials, biomarker testing, and more.

 

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Act Locally: No One Is Left Alone

 

April 20, 2022

In this three-part blog series, Director-at-Large of the South Carolina Oncology Society, Kashyap Patel, MD, Medical Oncologist, Carolina Blood & Cancer Care Associates, shares how his practice is taking action to improve equitable cancer care delivery and potentially creating a replicable model for providers in the community.

 

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Learning How to Die

 

October 20, 2020

Between Life and Death is a collection of real-life stories of ordinary people who displayed extraordinary bravery as they approached the end of their lives. By acknowledging death as a necessary transition rather than an unknown to be feared and avoided, these patients embraced their end days by living each day they had left to the fullest. The patients profiled in this book provide guidance not only to other patients with cancer, but also to oncologists seeking insight into how best to help their patients at the end stages of cancer.

The book’s author, Kashyap Patel, MD—CEO of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates in South Carolina, vice president of the Community Oncology Alliance, member of the South Carolina Oncology Society Board of Directors, and chair of the ACCC Clinical Affairs Committee—says he wrote Between Life and Death to capture his 30-year journey as a practicing oncologist in three countries and across 11 cities.

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