HemOnc Today article: Collaboration bridges gap between patients supportive oncology care

A new article today in the print and online editions of HemOnc Today offers an in-depth look at the work of the Supportive Oncology Collaborative. The article explains the benefits and challenges of providing supportive cancer care. Melinda Stevens, writer for HemOnc Today, spoke with physicians and leaders within the Supportive Oncology Collaborative about how the initiative works across multiple specialties to support patients throughout active treatment and survivorship periods, data so far that suggest these services can improve patients’ quality of life and outcomes, and whether such an effort can improve the overall quality of care delivered within health systems.


The article describes the research presented at the Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium  by Jim Gerhart, MD, Rush University Medical Center and others that shows significant improvement in seven of eight quality metrics at the six centers where the SOC tools and practice models have been implemented.


We are grateful to these collaborative members for making time to be interviewed for the article:

  • Pam Khosla, MD, Health System
  • Shelly Lo, MD,  Loyola University Medical Center
  • Frank J. Penedo, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Christine Weldon, Center for Business Models in Healthcare


The full text of the article is here: https://www.healio.com/hematology-oncology/palliative-care/news/print/hemonc-today/%7B1272828e-bb31-4945-bc14-a3385e2888f3%7D/collaboration-bridges-gap-between-patients-supportive-oncology-care?page=3