Oncology Rounds

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

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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The opportunities cancer programs are prioritizing (and the ones they may be missing)

by Emily Heuser and Emily Venner April 24, 2020

We know that cancer programs want to do all they can to support cancer patients, but they face considerable tradeoffs when prioritizing an array of services for development. The 2019 Trending Now in Cancer Care Survey, conducted jointly with the Association of Community Cancer Centers, offered us a glimpse into cancer programs' priorities for the coming year—and allowed us to identify potential missed opportunities.

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How 55 cancer programs are treating patients (and keeping them safe) amid Covid-19

by Deirdre Saulet, Practice Manager April 21, 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 a recent survey and conversations with cancer programs across the country on how they're responding to Covid-19 and what concerns them most in the coming months.  

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What are cancer program leaders' top priorities?

by Jacob Dingle and Emily Heuser April 3, 2020

In our 2019 Trending Now in Cancer Care survey, conducted jointly with the Association of Community Cancer Centers, we asked over 140 respondents representing 126 cancer programs and independent practices about their methods to secure financial stability, threats to cancer program growth, and value-based care. Read on to learn what we found out from respondents before the Covid-19 crisis unfolded.

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How cancer programs are protecting their patients from Covid-19

Deirdre Saulet March 18, 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 explores how cancer programs across the country are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

COVID-19 is officially a global pandemic, and, in the United States, public health officials are focused on "flattening the curve." But not everyone can self-quarantine, especially those currently receiving cancer treatment. So it's especially important for cancer programs to ensure the safety of immunocompromised patients. While all health systems have emergency preparedness capabilities, such as command centers, we're seeing cancer centers develop their own working groups within those structures to focus specifically on oncology care and research. 

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Including clinical trials in the infusion center calculus

by Emily Venner and Mallory Kirby March 9, 2020

Understanding the implications of treating clinical trial patients is a priority for the majority of infusion centers—77% of facilities surveyed for the 2019 Infusion Center Volumes, Staffing, and Operations Benchmark Generator report treating patients who are enrolled in clinical trials. We identified several trends impacting infusion centers providing care for clinical trial patients, specifically regarding volumes, staffing, and patient throughput metrics.

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Infusion center insights: Can in-house lab and pharmacy drive patient throughput?

by Aasheen Qadri and Emily Heuser February 28, 2020

Infusion center ancillary services, especially lab and pharmacy, affect staff efficiency and patient throughput. We collected data from more than one hundred infusion centers to learn how they're offering access to these services and the impact that can have on patient wait times.

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Your guide to the updated CoC accreditation standards for 2020

by Emily Venner and Mallory Kirby February 10, 2020

Approximately 1,500 cancer centers nationally—and the majority of Oncology Roundtable members—hold Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation. For programs seeking to maintain accreditation in 2020, there are several major changes in store.

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