As multidisciplinary cancer care becomes increasingly common, it is important for all members of the care team to understand the basics of cancer biology, diagnosis, and treatment to best care for their patients. Additionally, advances in cancer treatment often gain media attention, leading patients to ask their care team about whether they may benefit from these new techniques and therapies. This makes it important for health care providers, including case managers, to stay informed on current developments in cancer care so they can best counsel their patients and help them find relevant clinical trials in which they may enroll.
Following this activity, participants should be able to:
- Educate patients and their caregivers on the basics of cancer and key concepts about cancer care.
- Help patients identify the members of their multidisciplinary care team and each member's role in cancer management.
- Discuss the relevance of recent advances with patients and caregivers and encourage enrollment in clinical trials.
Michael K. Wong, MD, PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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