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Mr Reff and Mr Bailey addressed the modifications that oncology pharmacies are making to keep staff and patients safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mitomycin gel (Jelmyto), an alkylating drug, is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for patients with low-grade upper-tract urothelial cancer (UTUC), a rare cancer that affects the lining of the urinary system, and offers a nonsurgical treatment alternative for patients with this rare disease. Although the majority of urothelial cancers occur in the bladder, UTUC is part of a group of urothelial cancers that arise in the lining of the kidney or the ureter.
Although many individuals with cancer are offered access to patient portals, only two-thirds take advantage of this service when it is offered. Recent data showed that individuals with newly diagnosed cancer viewed their own electronic health record more frequently than cancer survivors or individuals who did not have cancer. Additional studies are warranted to determine which factors influence patient portal use so that effective interventions can be developed to increase the use of this valuable technology.
When it comes to purchasing medical practice management software, information technology experts recommend certain features, including comprehensive appointment scheduling with automated appointment reminders, an online patient portal with secure messaging, and the ability to integrate with a practice’s electronic health record system.
In this exclusive interview, Melissa Paige, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Paige Consulting, LLC, Charlottesville, VA, and Infusion/Oncology Patient Access Principal Coordinator at a large academic center, shares her experience in helping patients with cancer obtain access to oral and infused therapies.
The Association for Value-Based Cancer Care (AVBCC) webcast was introduced by Dr Zweigenhaft, Founder of AVBCC, who assembled an exceptional group of experts from across the country to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the healthcare industry.
Mr McDaniel and Dr Consuelos discussed the likely long-term impact of and lessons for the healthcare industry from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Slotnik opened the session with an inside look at Washington, addressing some of the changes to oncology care policies and operations from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Up to 65% of cancer care is delivered via community cancer centers that are not part of a hospital or academic center. These centers are feeling the impact of COVID-19 as the pandemic reshapes the way these facilities provide care to patients.
According to the NCCN, an alliance of 30 leading academic cancer centers in the United States, the data suggest that although patients with cancer are not more susceptible to infection from the new coronavirus than other people, they do have much worse outcomes.
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