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Cancer patients and their loved ones may start hearing about new treatment options called biosimilars. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that biosimilar products are safe and effective. Although biosimilars are fairly new in the U.S., they have been approved and used safely in Europe since 2006. This eLearning guide will explain what biosimilars are, how they are created, and how they are being used to treat cancer. Take this 8 minute guide to learn more.
If you have cancer, it is important to know about clinical trials and how they work. Not every cancer patient will be on a trial – or needs to be. However, everyone should be aware that a clinical trial can be the best treatment option at some point during your care. Every decision to be part of a clinical trial is rooted in hope for an individual future and for a better future for everyone who faces cancer. This quick guide will help to answer some important questions about clinical trials. Mostly, we hope that it encourages more people to ask about and consider taking part in clinical trials. Take this guide to learn more about clinical trials and the important role that they play in cancer treatment.
Cancer patients and their loved ones may start hearing more about immunotherapy treatments. These treatments use the body’s natural defense system (called the immune system) to help fight cancer. Immunotherapy treatments can use lots of different ways to attack cancer cells. This eLearning guide will explain what immunotherapy is and how it works. The guide covers 8 common types of immunotherapy treatments and how each treatment works in different ways with your immune system to fight cancer. Take this 12 minute guide to learn more. This is the first guide in the Immunotherapy eLearning series.
If you or your loved one is interested in immunotherapy, it is important to know about the possible side effects of immunotherapy treatments. Immunotherapy side effects are generally different from the side effects of other cancer treatments, like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Some immunotherapy side effects may occur right away. Others may not occur for days, weeks, or months after treatment. Every cancer patient receiving immunotherapy should talk to their doctor about possible side effects. Watch this 10 minute guide to learn more. This is the second guide in the Immunotherapy eLearning series..
New Ways of Managing Cancer Care
Cancer care is changing, and there are five new models for cancer care: cancer treatment guidelines, clinical pathways, bundled payments, accountable care organizations and oncology medical homes. Learn more about how these new models can improve your life by taking this 11-minute quick guide.
Guidelines are recommendations for “best practices” in cancer care. Your doctor may be using a Cancer Treatment Guideline to decide what your treatment options should be. Learn more about Treatment Guidelines, how they are developed and how they influence your care by taking this short 12-minute quick guide.
Clinical pathways—also known as care pathways, critical pathways and care maps—are tools used to manage cancer care. They aim to provide good care at a lower cost. Knowing whether your doctors are using clinical pathways can help you as you make treatment decisions. Learn more about clinical pathways by taking this 9-minute quick guide.
Bundled payments are a new way that physicians are being paid to deliver cancer care. Take this short course to learn more about this new payment method and how it can improve your patient experience, while reducing costs and unnecessary tests. Learn more about bundled payments by taking this 9-minute quick guide.
Oncology Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations are new models for medical care that ensure that the patient gets the care that they need. Take this short course to learn more about these models and their potential for providing patient centered care. Learn more about Oncology Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations by taking this 10-minute quick guide.
The Oncology Care Model (OCM) is a new payment and delivery model created by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center). The goal of the OCM is to provide coordinated high quality oncology care at the same or lower cost to Medicare beneficiaries. Learn more about this new model of care and how it is being used to treat cancer patients by taking this short 7-minute quick guide.
Precision medicine takes into account how different each person’s environment, lifestyle, and genes are from one another. The goal of precision medicine is to create a treatment plan according to the “precise” molecular aspects of each patient’s cancer. Treatments can be developed for groups of patients whose cancers all share a specific type of gene or protein. Take this 8 minute guide to learn more about precision medicine and how it is being used to treat cancer patients. This is the first guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.
Genes - which make up your DNA - are molecules inside your cells that you inherited from your birth parents. Sometimes genes are inherited with changes in the DNA, called mutations. Very small changes in the DNA can sometimes cause large issues like cancer. Some inherited mutations can raise a person’s cancer risk later in life. Take this 6 minute guide to learn more about inherited genetic mutations and how testing for these mutations can help to prevent and diagnosis cancer. This is the second guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.
Biomarker testing helps your doctor understand what is unique about you and your cancer on a molecular level. A biomarker is a molecule in your body that your doctors can measure to tell them something specific about you and your cancer. Biomarkers can let doctors know if your tumor has a good chance of responding to a certain treatment. Take this 9 minute guide to learn more about biomarker testing and how it is being used to diagnose and treat cancer patients. This is the third guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.
Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that targets a specific change in some cancers that helps them grow, divide, and spread. Targeted drugs are designed to block cancer growth ‘driven’ by these changes to the tumor’s gene. Doctors decide to us a targeted therapy based on the findings of biomarker tests, including mutation testing of your tumor. Take this 10 minute guide to learn more about targeted therapies and how they are being used to treat cancer patients. This is the fourth guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.
Tips for Living Well with Cancer
This quick guide gives tips for caregivers of people with cancer. A caregiver is someone who provides emotional support, goes to appointments, helps with decision making, coordinates care, helps with transportation, or helps manage finances. Some caregivers do all of these, and others may only do one or two. Being a caregiver is an important job. This 9 minute guide will highlight what’s important to know and help you take care of yourself while you’re taking care of someone you love.
This quick guide will teach you 10 tips to help you or a loved one navigate a cancer journey. Take this 10 minute guide to learn more about how to talk with your health care team about a new cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Cancer affects a family in many ways. Many parents try to protect their children by not sharing information about the situation. However, children of all ages can feel the impact of an illness on a family. This quick guide will give you information about a child’s general understanding of cancer, ways to talk to them about cancer, some common behaviors you may see in children, and ways to support your family through this experience. Take this 6 minute guide to learn more about how to talk with your children about a cancer diagnosis and treatment.