Dr. Boccia addresses the problem of unclear diagnoses affecting approximately 15% of newly diagnosed patients with metastatic disease each year and the importance of an accurate diagnosis of tumor type in selecting the proper site-specific therapies.
According to Vicki Kennedy, practice and clinical managers can play a vital role in identifying patient needs and in providing information about resources available to patients. Practice and clinical managers can help bring resource information into the practice and make [ Read More ]
Although the Affordable Care Act has improved access to insurance for uninsured patients, it does not really help patients gain access to psychosocial or mental healthcare. Vicki Kennedy explains that many of those services are often not billable to insurance [ Read More ]
Vicki Kennedy discusses the various barriers to patients seeking psychosocial support, including stigma surrounding cancer, asking for help, fear, and anxiety. She also mentions that healthcare teams really need to recognize the importance of identifying these needs in patients.
Vicki Kennedy explains that there are many groups working to bring awareness to the importance of psychosocial care. Providing resources for psychosocial support services is no longer just a nice thing to do, but a critical part of quality care.
Vicki Kennedy, LCSW, Vice President of Program Development & Delivery for the Cancer Support Community, emphasizes the importance of understanding all the dimensions of a patient’s life. Considering the emotional, social, and financial aspects of a person’s life are all [ Read More ]
According to Dr. Bosserman, it is the oncology provider’s responsibility to make the patient’s voice heard among policymakers. This is how they ensure that patients achieve the best health outcomes.
According to Dr. Bosserman, a high-quality breast cancer program takes into consideration all of a patient’s needs from day 1 through to survivorship. Factors such as early diagnosis and treatment, navigation, care coordination, and survivorship plans must all be part [ Read More ]