Follow-up Surveys Conducted for Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Courses

ASCO International Affairs
Feb 22, 2017 12:01 PM

In 2015, ASCO partnered with local organizers to hold Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Courses (MCMCs) in Brazil, Zimbabwe, and China. One year later, follow-up surveys were sent to participants to assess the impact the course had on their practices.

The first MCMC was held in São Paulo, Brazil in August 2015 in partnership with the Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo (ICESP). Eighty percent of respondents said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the course. In addition, respondents reported the following outcomes:

  • 89% said that they are better able to manage cervical and head and neck cancers using up-to-date practices.
  • 100% said that they are better able to consult with specialists to determine best treatment approaches for patients
  • 100% said that they are better able to provide supportive care to patients.

The second MCMC was held in Harare, Zimbabwe in September 2015 in partnership with Association of Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists of Zimbabwe and the University of Zimbabwe. All respondents said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the course. In addition, respondents reported the following outcomes:

  • 100% said that they are better able to manage colorectal and head and neck cancers using up-to-date practices.
  • 100% said that they are better able to consult with specialists to determine best treatment approaches for patients
  • 89% said that they are better able to provide supportive care to patients.

The third MCMC was held in Luoyang, China in October 2015 in partnership with the 1st Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology. All respondents said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the course. In addition, respondents reported the following outcomes:

  • 98% said that they are better able to manage esophageal and gastric cancers using up-to-date practices.
  • 100% said that they are better able to consult with specialists to determine best treatment approaches for patients
  • 100% said that they are better able to provide supportive care to patients.