Quality Training Program participants share information at a workshop with colleagues.
The Conquer Cancer Mission Endowment provides a long-term funding base to increase scientific research, sustain existing programs, develop new initiatives and educate professionals who care for patients with cancer.
Highlights from 2017 Mission Endowment funding include:
Patient Support -
Through the Patient Advocate Scholarship Program, 65 scholarships were awarded to send advocates to ASCO thematic meetings. The program allows particpants to share best practices and learn the latest information to better support the patients they serve.
“The ASCO Annual Meeting connected me with other patient advocates, healthcare professionals and a wealth of knowledge that I did not have when I arrived. By bringing together so many parties at one large event, the Annual Meeting provides both specific information about important new treatments and a snapshot on the state of cancer research around the globe.” - Eric Fitzsimmons, Living Beyond Breast Cancer
“Through our program at LatinaSHARE, we fill in the gap of a lacking Survivorship Plan by encouraging our members to be active participants in their medical care, be consistent with follow-up, and to be partners with their healthcare team. When I return from a conference, I share with our members in their native language, Spanish, the different studies presented, the speakers that were most interesting to me, and the break-out sessions I chose to attend.” - Jennie Santiago, LatinaSHARE
Quality Care -
At Assistência Multidisciplinar em Oncologia-Clinica (AMO) in Salvador, Brazil, more than 20 percent of patients in 2016 had missing or incorrect International Classification of Diseases (ICD) documentation in the appropriate field of their electronic medical records. This leads to lack of coordination and inconsistencies in data gathering for care givers and inefficient treatment for patients. Through the Quality Training Program, which provides select practices, including international practices from low- and middle-income countries, with an emerging interest in quality improvement, Dr. Thamine Lessa and Dt. Carlos Sampaio developed a tumor staging process and ICD documentation tool for new patients that was successfully rolled out to six practice sites.
Publishing and peer-review are essential parts of the scientific process, but most editors and reviewers do not undergo any type of formal training to develop these skill sets. The Journal of Global Oncology (JGO) Editorial Fellowship gives participants the opportunity to obtain insight into this process by shadowing experienced journal editors where they obtain a direct and immersive experience in how a manuscript is handled. In 2017, JGO used Mission Endowment funds to support two fellows. In 2018, all ASCO journals will offer editorial fellowships.
Thank you to the generous support of these Mission Endowment Donors.
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.*
EMD Serono Inc.*
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
*New Donor or Recent Gift Received (2017-2018)