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Home > Oncology Issues > March/April 2017 Issue

Peer Mentoring

By Dona Hobart and Marcia McMullin

Peer MentoringRead about the development and implementation of a volunteer-run peer mentor program, which aims to relieve the stress, isolation, and fear of newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients by connecting them to a companion who can speak to their thoughts, feelings, and concerns from their own experiences with the disease.

Read our cover story online.

Highlights from this Issue:

Spiritual Care of Cancer PatientsIn Spiritual Care of Cancer Patients, a pilot study to create spiritual care plans for patients identified as having moderate to high spiritual and/or emotional distress resulted in a multidisciplinary collaboration to successfully integrate a new standard of care into clinical practice.


A Pathway for Identifying Women at Increased Risk for Breast CancerA Pathway for Identifying Women at Increased Risk for Breast Cancer and Providing Personalized Management and Risk Reduction details how one cancer program identifies women at increased risk for breast cancer and then determines appropriate interventions.


Implementing Telephone Triage GuidelinesLearn how one cancer program leveraged ONS telephone triage guidelines as a decision support tool to assist nurses in providing symptom management and determining appropriate disposition in Implementing Telephone Triage Guidelines into Nursing Workflow.


Advancing Immuno-Oncology in the Community Setting2016 ICLIO Innovator Award Winner Sanford Cancer Center describes their multidisciplinary approach to delivering immunotherapy in Advancing Immuno-Oncology in the Community Setting.

More From ACCC:

Participate in a Quality Improvement Project to Advance Care for Lung Cancer Patients

Applications are now open for ACCC Cancer Program Members* to participate in the Testing Phase of the ACCC Optimal Care Coordination Model (OCCM) for Lung Cancer Patients on Medicaid. This project, sponsored by a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF), is addressing cancer care across the continuum for this vulnerable patient population.

With the help of the project’s expert Advisory Committee and Technical Expert Panel and the project’s five cancer program Development Sites, ACCC has created a beta version of the OCCM.

Testing Sites will use the OCCM for program self-assessment, and then develop and conduct one or more quality improvement (QI) projects over a 12-month testing period. Applicants selected as Testing Sites will receive a stipend. Read Request for Application here.

For questions, or to learn more about this exceptional opportunity, please contact Amy Marbaugh, RN, BSN, MS, ACCC Provider Education.

*Under the terms of the grant, programs in the following states are excluded from participation in this project: AL, GA, KY, MS, NC, TN, SC, and WV.

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