The Supportive Oncology Care courses created by the Supportive Oncology Collaborative hosted by NCCN have been completed over 7,000 times with clinicians and staff reporting an improved understanding of supportive and palliative care after taking the courses. Recently, the SOC has adjusted the courses to reflect guideline updates and NCCN has agreed to host the courses for CME/CEU credit through 8/31/2019 at no cost.
This educational series is designed to help physicians, nurses, and other health professionals learn more about supportive care for cancer patients. The educational content is based on evidence and recommendations in the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Supportive Care, the Commission on Cancer standards (2.4 Palliative Care Services, 3.2 Psychosocial Distress Screening, 3.3 Survivorship Care Plan), ASCO guidance, and the Institute on Medicine’s 2013 Report on Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care.
The Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative (SOC) developed this supportive oncology education series along with palliative and survivorship care screening tools for pivotal points in cancer care. The SOC developed processes, which were implemented across diverse institutions for distress, psychosocial, physical and practical concerns. SOC involved a partnership of over 169 individuals representing 35 medical institutions (academic, community, and public cancer centers, cancer support centers and hospice providers).
These educational programs are designed to meet the educational needs of oncologists, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and other healthcare/oncology professionals who manage patients with cancer.