The Kings Fund: Acute oncology on the acute medical unit

This toolkit aims to improve the care of cancer patients admitted to hospital as an emergency with medical problems due to their cancer or their treatment. It stresses the importance of patients having access to cancer specialists as soon as possible, and suggests that NHS trusts set up acute oncology services, which can work with the team in the acute medical unit to help in the management of patients with acute oncology problems.

WebWatch: Cancer Commons

Extract from website at: http://www.cancercommons.org/researchers-clinicians/

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CANCER COMMONS “is an open science initiative linking patients, physicians and scientists in rapid learning communities. Our mission is to ensure that patients are treated in accord with the latest knowledge on targeted- and immunotherapies, and to continually update that knowledge based on each patient’s response.”

Model

Advisory boards, comprising leading physicians and scientists in each cancer, curate the molecular model that identifies the most relevant tests, treatments, and trials for each molecular sub type of that cancer, based on the best current knowledge.

Test and Treat

Patients and physicians access knowledge derived from the model, as soon as it’s deemed actionable, through alerts, notifications, news, and applications that inform testing and treatment decisions.

Report and Analyze

Physicians, researchers, and patients report clinical observations and outcomes and new data are analyzed in our Rapid Learning Communities by collaborative, interinstitutional teams to validate, refute, and amplify the current model’s knowledge and hypotheses.

Learn

The advisory boards review these results and update the framework in real time.

BMJ Learning : Oncology modules

BMJ LEARNING:  Have you tried the Oncology related modules, which your patients may be presenting with? It’s a quick way to keep up-to-date and earn CPD credits:

Any completed short modules will be automatically added to your BMJ Portfolio, where you can reflect and record your learning activities, and download a report for your appraisal.