Bringing Quality Cancer Care Closer to Home

Edward S. Kim, M.D.

There seems to be a shift in the field of oncology where patients are looking more toward being treated close to home rather than traveling to a large academic treatment center, explained Edward S. Kim, M.D., Chair of the Department of Solid Tumor Oncology at Levine Cancer Institute, at Association of Community Cancer Centers 34th National Oncology Conference. Kim noted that while the quality of care is usually great at these large hospitals, the frequent travel may have a negative impact on the patients’ quality of life.

Bringing great cancer care closer to patients was one of the main goals in mind when the Levine Cancer Institute was developed, which offers quality, regional care for patients in North and South Carolina. To help clinicians stay up-to-date with the latest treatment and research advanced, 25 community-based oncology groups came together to create EAPathways, a program accessible through smart phones, tablets and desktops.
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