2014 Quality Care Symposium

cost of care

Financial Toxicity Potentially Harmful Treatment‑Related Effect

It turns out that in addition to treatment-related toxicity, cancer patients commonly experience “financial toxicity,” a phrase that is increasingly coming into parlance in the cancer community. Patie...

issues in oncology

Studies Address Impact of Social Factors on Cancer Treatment Disparities

New studies reported at ASCO’s 2014 Quality Care Symposium provided insight on the role social factors play in cancer treatment disparities, as well as effective approaches to improving the quality of...

Geriatric Oncology

The ‘Silver Oncologic Tsunami’: Rise in Elderly Cancer Patients Brings New Challenges to Oncology Workforce

The “graying of America” poses increasing challenges for the cancer community in terms of rising numbers of cases of cancer and costs associated with geriatric care. The scope of this problem and pote...

issues in oncology

Choosing Wildly: A Patient’s Perspective on Overtreatment and Quality Care

Over the past decade, there has been growing concern in the oncology community about overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancers that prove to be indolent and nonlethal, resulting in unnecessary and so...

Issues in Oncology

Assessing the Nature of Unplanned Emergency Cancer Care Situations

Unplanned cancer care—emergency department presentations and other unanticipated events—can result in poor outcomes that are potentially preventable. Suzanne Tamang, PhD, Stanford University, Stanford...

Colorectal Cancer
Lung Cancer

Tumor Board Participation Associated With Improved Survival in Stage IV Lung and Colorectal Cancers

A large, population-based, observational study suggests that participation in weekly tumor boards can improve outcomes in oncologic care. Specifically, oncologist participation in weekly tumor board m...

Issues in Oncology

Having Dependent Children Motivates Parents With Advanced Cancer to Pursue More Aggressive, Life-Extending Treatments

Findings from a pilot study of 42 parents with advanced cancer indicate that parental status is an important factor in treatment decision-making. When asked how having children influences their treatm...

issues in oncology

A National Cancer Database and Cancer Care Quality Improvement

At this year’s Quality Care Symposium, Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, Chief of Staff and Director of the Center for Global Cancer Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, looked at the issue of qua...

issues in oncology

Checklists: Simple Tools That Enhance Quality

Evidence indicates that the use of surgical safety checklists results in marked improvements in patient outcomes. Unfortunately, their adoption in the field of medicine has largely been limited to equ...

issues in oncology

CancerLinQ: Building a Data Infrastructure to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost

In November 2013, ASCO initiated the development of CancerLinQ, a learning health system designed to transform cancer care and improve outcomes. At this year’s Quality Care Symposium in Boston, ASCO P...

symptom management

Study Reveals Gaps in Symptom Management

The Patient-Reported Outcomes Symptoms and Side-Effects Study demonstrated that many cancer patients treated in community cancer centers are not discussing their common symptoms like pain, fatigue, an...

palliative care

Private Payer and Academic Center Data Capture Inappropriate Use of End-of-Life Care

Data sharing between a comprehensive cancer center and a private insurer appears to be a novel way to capture practice patterns that can point to potential quality improvements. A study that combined ...

issues in oncology

Highlights From the 2014 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

The 2014 ASCO Quality Care Symposium was held October 17 to 18 in Boston and featured research on combating disparities, improving end-of-life care, and finding opportunities for cost reduction. These...