Oncology Care

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Oncology Care Report and Recommendations (Adopted March 2016)

Quality and cost of cancer care can vary greatly. There are significant differences in what patients experience in diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. This can lead to bad outcomes and high costs for patients and families. This workgroup looked at factors leading to oncology care variation and made recommendations to improve patient outcomes and reduce unnecessary cost including:

  • Following the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Choosing Wisely recommendations to not use advanced imaging in the staging of early breast and prostate cancer at low risk of spreading and
  • That palliative care, aligned with individual patient goals and values, be offered alongside active anti-cancer care, as needed.

This workgroup met from May 2015 to March 2016.

Supporting Materials:

Oncology Care Charter

Oncology Care Public Comments

Health Care Authority Letter Accepting Oncology Care Report

Workgroup Members

Member Title Organization
Jennie Crews, MD Medical Director PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center
Bruce Cutter, MD Oncologist Medical Oncology Associates
Patricia Dawson, MD, PhD Director Swedish Cancer Institute
Keith Eaton, MD, PhD Medical Director, Quality, Safety and Value Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Janet Freeman-Daily Patient Advocate
Christopher Kodama, MD, MBA (Chair) President, MultiCare Connected Care MultiCare Health System
Gary Lyman, MD, MPH Co-Director Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research
Rick McGee, MD Oncologist Washington State Medical Oncology Society
John Rieke, MD, FACR Medical Director MultiCare Regional Cancer Center
Hugh Straley, MD Chair and Oncologist Bree Collaborative
Richard Whitten, MD Medical Director Noridian