For many years, medicine has framed the relationship between the care team and the patient as the care team working for the patient, not so much with the patient. In more recent years, there has been a change in how that relationship is viewed and what is the benefit of having an inclusive team, in which the patient, and perhaps a patient advocate, actively participate as members of the care team itself.  What could this look like for you? How would it change your relationship? Friday’s webinar presented by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health will discuss just this through the example of a case study and discussion around including the patient as part of the cancer care team. Take a look and register to see what can change for you!

About The Webinar:

The NCI-ASCO Teams in Cancer Care Delivery project emphasized the importance of the patient perspective to clinical care and cancer care delivery research. The patient perspective is valuable across the lifespan and the cancer continuum. Presenters will discuss the importance and implications of engaging patients on the health care team from the perspectives of a clinician and a patient advocate. The purpose of the discussion portion of the session is to explore how research on team science in cancer care delivery can consider outcomes that matter to the patient and clinicians.

To receive truly optimal, high-quality care, patients should be at the center of their health care team as equal partners in all decisions related to their care,1 because, ultimately, it is the patients’ quality and length of life that are affected. Similarly, patient advocates should be equal and meaningful partners in cancer care research to provide the perspective of the patient in formulating and answering those questions that are most important to and have the greatest impact on patients. The inclusion of patients in a central role on the cancer care team, however, requires the buy-in of team leadership and other team members. Our role as patient advocates during the National Cancer Institute (NCI)–ASCO Teams in Cancer Care Project was to bring the viewpoints, needs, concerns, questions, and unique life situations of patients with cancer to our project teams. Teams comprised clinicians, team researchers, and advocates, who together developed the case studies and analyses that are presented in this issue of Journal of Oncology Practice. We believe that patient and caregiver voices must be heard before the science of team-based care can truly be applied to cancer care, and that effective communication not only improves care, but is critical to an optimal patient experience. Read More   Register


Featured Presenters: Michael P. Kosty, MD, FACP, FASCO Director Scripps Green Cancer Center

Michael P. Kosty, MD, FACP, FASCO, is a member of the Scripps Green Cancer Center where he has practiced hematology and medical oncology since 1989. He has served as the director of Scripps Green Cancer Center in La Jolla, California, since 2008, director of Graduate Medical Education at Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green Hospital since 2002, and as director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellow Training Program at Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green Hospital since 1997. Since 1990, he has served at Scripps Green Cancer Center as head of the Thoracic Oncology Service, and as a member of the Genitourinary Oncology Service, Dermatologic Oncology Service, and the Clinical Research Advisory Committee.


Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA Co-founder Research Advocacy Network (RAN)

Prior to co-founding RAN, Mary Lou was the director of patient, payer and government relations for the Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups. She currently serves as co-chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group’s Cancer Research Advocacy Committee. She also serves on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for Gateway for Cancer Research.

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