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Participating in Multidisciplinary Policy Development for Immuno-Oncology

Ryan Weight, DO
Published Online:6:09 PM, Tue August 20, 2019

Ryan Weight, DO, an assistant professor of medicine, University of Colorado Health Cancer Center, discusses takeaways from the 2018 Immuno-Oncology Institute Working Group Summit. The summit was a part of the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ Immuno-Oncology Institute and brought together multidisciplinary working groups to strategize policy and delivery changes for the effective use of immunotherapy. Weight shares knowledge around the 4 working groups of physicians, nurses, mid-level providers, and healthcare administrators who aim to understand and address the issues related to immuno-oncology (IO) care.

Within 2 of the working groups at the summit, the participants discussed the role of big data and telemedicine in IO. Another working group focused on care, education, and coordination. The fourth working group examined the role of multispecialty care in IO.

From these working group discussions, key points were raised for consideration in IO policy. According to Weight, training for nurses, protocols and order sets for immune-related adverse events, and virtual immune-related toxicity panels, were the topics raised by the working groups. Additionally, participants in the panel discussed a new way to score immune-related quality of life in patients, says Weight. This immune-related quality-of-life score could help physicians get a better grasp on patient survivorship after immune checkpoint blockade treatment.
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