Big data has the power to significantly speed up the process from discovery to clinical adoption, according to a presentation at the Association of Community Cancer Centers 2015 Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA. Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Oncology, Flatiron Health, New York, NY, and Director, Duke Cancer Care Research Program, Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC, first described an encounter she had in 2009 while working in a melanoma clinic with an emergency department nurse named Janet, who presented with Stage IIIB melanoma. Read More ›

I grew up in a lower middle class household. My dad was an insurance salesman, and we needed to live within a budget. The thought that we might buy something without considering the cost was unfathomable. As a doctor now, I wonder how we expect our patients to make healthcare purchases without this information. Why do we need to even justify discussing cost with patients? Read More ›

Oncology Practice Management recently conducted the following interview with Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, Administrative Director, The Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Cancer Survivorship Programs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD. Ms Shockney is also a cancer survivor and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship. Read More ›

We have all had that patient—the patient who is prescribed a new targeted therapy and cannot comply with it because it is just too expensive. When asked directly about the reasoning for the noncompliance, the patient suggests that taking the treatment is just too expensive and, in fact, it is cheaper to die. Read More ›

Long Beach, CA—As I was packing up my bags to return home from the National Or­ganization of Rheu­­ma­tology Mana­gers (NORM) 8th Annual Conference, I had the television on in the background. Read More ›

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