Oncology Rounds

The latest news and research on cancer care from the Oncology Roundtable.

Facing a backlog of cancer screenings? Here's how to dig out.

by Jacob Dingle and Emily Heuser July 13, 2020

To protect their patients and providers, and free up resources for the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, health systems across the United States have all but shut down their cancer screening services.

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Juggling workforce concerns in your cancer center? You're not alone.

by Aasheen Qadri and Emily Heuser July 1, 2020

Cancer programs are juggling rising patient volumes and increasingly specialized roles—both of which contribute to the rising demand for oncology providers. The oncology workforce, which with a median age of 51 years for practicing oncologists is already older than other specialties, faces unique challenges with staffing, capacity, and burnout that contribute to program leaders' concerns for future growth.

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5 lessons on grateful cancer patient giving

Deirdre Saulet June 29, 2020

Welcome to "Field Report," a new series where Advisory Board experts weigh in on what they are hearing from health care organizations across the country. In this edition, Deirdre Saulet explores the gratitude that cancer patients naturally develop for their provider organization, and how development teams and oncology leaders can engage the patients most interested in giving.

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Why cancer care costs are projected to increase by 34% from 2015 to 2030

by Emily Venner and Emily Heuser June 15, 2020

Cancer is one of the costliest diseases to treat per patient, and experts project U.S. cancer care costs will grow significantly in the coming years.

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How Dignity Health keeps patients connected to telegenetics—during and beyond Covid-19

by Emily Heuser and Mallory Kirby May 26, 2020

Covid-19 ground routine cancer screening and risk assessments to a halt. As a result, many programs are concerned about delayed detection of cancers, which could be exacerbated over the next few months by patients' reluctance to come into health care facilities. Dignity Health has leveraged their virtual genetic counseling services and long-standing partnership with CancerIQ, a genetic cancer risk assessment platform, to continue screening patients for their genetic risk of cancer—a strategy that not only supports patients during the Covid-19 pandemic but will continue to maximize staff efficiencies as "non-essential" services ramp back up.

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The 'new normal': 7 questions program leaders are asking about care amid Covid-19

Deirdre Saulet May 13, 2020

Welcome to "Field Report," a new series where Advisory Board experts weigh in on what they are hearing from health care organizations across the county. In this edition, Deirdre Saulet shares findings from recent networking forums with cancer program leaders across the country on what their "new normal" looks like.  

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Where cancer patients are feeling the gaps in your Covid-19 communication

by Mallory Kirby May 6, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic drove cancer programs to put in place operational and clinical changes to manage their patients' risk of exposure to Covid-19—but little is known about the patient perspective. How comfortable are patients with their care team’s decisions surrounding the pandemic, and are they satisfied with cancer program's communication in a time of so much uncertainty?

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Younger cancer patients are less likely to adhere to their care plans. Here's how to help them.

by Jacob Dingle and Emily Heuser April 24, 2020

Although adolescent and young adult cancer patients (AYAs) are a quickly growing population, few of the cancer programs we spoke to said they're investing in survivorship and follow-up care for this particular demographic—a dearth of support that could affect your organization's ability to attract and retain AYA patients for their cancer care.

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