The team at Cedar Lake is here for our patients, to help them every step of the way through treatment but also to help them feel at ease regarding their treatment plans. This could be a very scary and confusing time for our patients and that means they probably have a lot of questions. Everyone has been there, when you leave a meeting with your doctor and you think of all these questions you wished you had asked. We hope that if our patients find themselves in that situation, that they would feel comfortable giving our office a call and asking. Our real goal however, is to help them feel comfortable enough to ask us just about anything. Along with that, we hope to provide enough educational materials so that patients and their families can learn as much about radiation oncology as they want.
The annual ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology) conference was last week in San Francisco, so some of our industry’s greatest minds gathered to discuss new technology, treatment techniques and advancements. It’s always an exciting time for radiation oncology but patients probably don’t even know the event is going on. Fortunately, we stayed on top of the event this year, following the meeting on Twitter and learning all there was to learn.
One of the most interesting things to come out of ASTRO 2014 was a revised list of radiation oncology treatments to question in regards to planning. This list was released as a part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation to encourage more conversations between physicians and their patients.
The list suggested a more open dialogue in the following five instances:
- Considering radiation following a hysterectomy for endometrial cancer patients with low-risk for the disease
- Recommending radiation therapy for patients who have resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), negative margins, N0-1 disease
- Exploring non-curative radiation therapy without defined goals of treatment and palliative care referrals
- Recommending follow-up mammograms more often than once annually for women who have had radiotherapy following breast-conserving surgery
- Routinely adding adjuvant, whole brain radiation therapy to stereotactic radiosurgery for limited brain metastases
Found at: ASTRO releases second list of five radiation oncology treatments to question, as part of national Choosing Wisely® campaign
Now some of these might seem confusing, but Choosing Wisely® has been put in place so that patients can have the tools to ask the right questions when talking to their physicians. You can read more about each of these instances on the ASTRO website, or ask someone on the Cedar Lake Oncology team. We’re here for you, to help you Choose Wisely!