November 22, 2017
NEW YORK — Every patient with cancer does not live in a major metropolitan area with direct access to specialized care, but there are ways to provide individuals access to necessary state-of-the-art care and clinical trials regardless of where they live, according to a speaker at Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium.
“We all are in a perfect storm,” Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP, medical director of Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, said during his presentation. “We have a rapidly increasing population in the Medicare age group, as well as an exponential knowledge base growth, with unpronounceable ‘nibs’, ‘mibs’, ‘mabs’ and ‘zumabs’ and new guidelines coming out every 3 months. And we have a legacy medical education culture, where the doctors are supposed to know everything, keep up with journals [and go] to meetings.