Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA, on the Value of NCCN Guidelines to Patients and Their Advocates
2015 NCCN Annual Conference
Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA, of the Research Advocacy Network, discusses, from the perspective of a patient advocate, the value of the NCCN guidelines and the impact they have made on cancer care.
Thomas A. D’Amico, MD, of Duke Cancer Institute, discusses the superior efficacy of thoracoscopic lobectomy. This minimally invasive procedure is used in only 50% of lung cancer surgeries in the United States, in 30% of procedures in Asia, and in as few as 10% to 20% of procedures in Europe.
Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, talks about the revolution in lymphoma treatment, which started with rituximab and continues with obinutuzumab, ibrutinib, and others.
Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, of Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, discusses the incredible progress made in treating multiple myeloma, with nine therapeutic options approved in the past decade, two drugs approved this year, and a number of new options on the horizon.
John C. Grecula, MD, of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, discusses the evolution of precision delivery of radiation for patients with small cell lung cancer and advances that include prophylactic cranial radiotherapy, thoracic radiotherapy, and the use of PET-CT.
Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and Lee N. Newcomer, MD, MHA, of UnitedHealthCare, discuss the value of NCCN Guidelines in determining coverage decisions, the future of affordable care, bundled payments, and the clear value approach.