Telemedicine and Cancer Care: Lessons for the Future
During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical practitioners quickly adapted to new ways to manage patient care. While telemedicine might be a hindrance and present unique challenges to some aspects of care such as the early detection and diagnosis of cancer, it may be beneficial in many other instances, as it can improve patient convenience and compliance, reduce out of pocket costs, and limit exposure to potential hospital or clinic infection risk, which is especially important for patients with immunocompromised status. A thorough understanding of the benefits and challenges that can arise from the use of telemedicine in cancer care can help physicians make more informed choices regarding in-person versus virtual care in the post-pandemic future.
This educational program is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health care professionals who manage patients with cancer.
Following this program, participants should be able to:
- Review the benefits of telemedicine for cancer care
- Identify the unique challenges and limitations that can arise with telemedicine
- Determine which patient encounters are appropriate for telemedicine
Sandra S. Hatch, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
NCCN Continuing Education Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of NCCN that every 12 months, all faculty, moderators, activity planners and all internal planning staff participating in NCCN continuing education activities are expected to disclose any financial relationships with a commercial interest. In addition, all faculty presentations have been reviewed to ensure education is fair and balanced and that clinical content presented supports safe, effective patient care. Individuals who do not disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from involvement in the CE activity as a content developer, planner, or presenter.
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NCCN continuing education considers relevant financial relationships as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. NCCN does not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship.
All faculty for this continuing education activity are competent in the subject matter and qualified by experience, training, and/or preparation for the tasks and methods of delivery.
Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling.
The faculty listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Sandra S. Hatch, MD
NCCN Staff Disclosures
The NCCN Leadership listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Wui-Jin Koh, MD
The NCCN Activity Planning staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Mike Abrams; Melissa Esplen; Mark A. Geisler; Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN; Kristin Kline Hasson; Rose Joyce; Karen Kanefield; Lisa Perfidio, MS; Shannon Ryan, CMP; Kathy Ann Smith, CHCP; Sarah Weinstein
The NCCN Clinical staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Cindy Hochstetler, PhD
In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
NCCN designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.50 contact hour.
NCCN designates this application-based continuing education activity for 0.50 contact hour (0.05 CEUs) of continuing education credit. UAN: JA4008196-0000-21-043-H01-P
NCCN has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. Approval is valid until March 1, 2022. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
- 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
- 0.50 ACPE contact hours
- 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 0.50 ANCC contact hours
- 0.50 Participation
To complete this activity, users will need:
- A device with an Internet connection and sound playback capability
- One of the two latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
- Internet Explorer is no longer supported
- Adobe Reader or other PDF reader software for certificate viewing/printing