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Studies from 2012 Quality Care Symposium highlight findings in improving quality of cancer care
Date:11/28/2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Five additional studies to be presented at the 2012 Quality Care Symposium provide insight on how oncology practices can improve the quality of care they provide. The Symposium will take place November 30 December 1, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

Note to Media: Statements from ASCO Communications Committee Member, Jyoti Patel, MD, can be cited throughout can be used in part or in their entirety.

Abstract #69

Rates of diagnostic imaging in long-term survivors of young adult malignancies

Corinne Daly, BSc, MSc
Institute of Medical Science
University of Toronto
Toronto

Oral Abstract Session A

Friday, November 30, 2012, 10:50-11:00 AM PST
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Douglas Pavilion B

"For the past several years, clinical practice guidelines have recommended decreasing the amount of surveillance in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Unfortunately, we are still seeing overuse of diagnostic imaging, which is associated with increased anxiety about test results and unnecessary radiation exposure. To mitigate this problem, we are educating internists ,general physicians, and patients about overuse of scans."

- Jyoti Patel, MD, ASCO Cancer Communications Committee

Abstract #73

Rational use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) as determined by radiation oncologists in cooperation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)

Harvey J. Mamon, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston

Oral Abstract Session B

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 11:45-11:55 AM PST
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Douglas Pavilion B

"Many hospitals may be using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) unnecessarily. To maximize resources for both the physician and patient, we want to make sure that IMRT is used only when needed. This study provides a model that will help
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Contact: Aaron Tallent
Aaron.Tallent@asco.org
619-358-6782
American Society of Clinical Oncology
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