2023 ASCO Annual Meeting Research Round Up: Improving Symptom Monitoring and Reducing Disparities in Childhood Cancer Care

2023 ASCO Annual Meeting; #ASCO23
September 21, 2023
Anna Schardt Baker

In the annual Research Round Up series, Cancer.Net Editorial Board members answer the question, “What was the most exciting or practice-changing research in your field presented at the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting?” In this episode, 2 Cancer.Net Associate Editors discuss new research presented at the meeting in quality care and health equity.

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Improving symptom monitoring through patient-reported outcomes

Dr. Fay J. Hlubocky, the 2023 Cancer.Net Associate Editor for Psychosocial Oncology, discusses key takeaways from the meeting on symptom monitoring through patient-reported outcomes. First, she discusses a presentation that focused on the importance of identifying and monitoring patient-reported symptoms throughout treatment and into survivorship, the need for a standardized approach to identifying these symptoms, and the benefits of patients monitoring their symptoms from home. [3:25] She also describes 2 initiatives in which patient-reported symptom monitoring was successfully implemented. [5:55] Finally, Dr. Hlubocky discusses a study that evaluated the effects of remote symptom monitoring in people with advanced lung cancer. [7:58]

Overcoming disparities in childhood cancer care

Dr. Daniel A. Mulrooney, the 2023 Cancer.Net Associate Editor for Pediatric Cancers, discusses new research on identifying and overcoming barriers to care for children with cancer. He covers 4 studies, including:

  • A study in which researchers explored how they could collect social determinants of health information, such as access to food and transportation, from the parents of children with neuroblastoma who were enrolled in a clinical trial. [12:29]

  • A study that looked at whether an intervention program called PediCARE could help low-income families access social and economic resources, such as groceries and transportation, while their children received cancer care. [14:55]

  • Another study that examined whether the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act affected Medicaid enrollment rates among adult survivors of childhood cancer. [16:30]

  • A study in which researchers partnered with a community-based nonprofit to identify ways of improving follow-up care for Latino adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. [18:28]

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