"You have cancer." Three words no one wants to hear. But for cancer patients, the latest advances in research and treatment are providing better outcomes and greater optimism.
These advances, however, bring about new challenges. First, the cost to diagnose and treat cancer is on the rise. Although only 1-3 percent of the population has cancer, they drive 10-12 percent of the total healthcare spend for employers. Second, doctors are finding themselves unable to keep pace with leading-edge diagnostics and drugs, which are being introduced at an unprecedented rate.
To address these challenges, Quantum Health is collaborating with City of Hope to provide our members, their families and their providers with a new level of support. We call it Personal Precision Oncology Management (PPOM).
Instead of treating cancer with a "one size fits all" approach, more and more physicians are turning to precision medicine to treat their patients by taking into account an individual's genetic and molecular makeup, environment and lifestyle. With this approach, the patient's physician partners with an oncology expert from a nationally recognized comprehensive cancer center such as City of Hope to devise a personalized treatment plan. The patient benefits from the oncologist's expertise without the need to travel to a different hospital and meet with a new physician, saving the patient both time and money.
Precision medicine offers physicians the ability to:
What's even better is that all communication remains between physicians—allowing the patient to focus on getting well.
Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation and has been ranked one of the nation's best cancer hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for over 10 years.
Research conducted at City of Hope has led to significant advances in modern medicine, including the development of synthetic human insulin, human growth hormone and the technology behind the widely used cancer-fighting drugs Herceptin, Rituxan and Avastin. Oncologists at City of Hope are also at the forefront of a powerful form of immunotherapy known as CAR T-cell therapy, in which the patient's own immune cells are reprogrammed to recognize and attack targeted tumor cells.
Because City of Hope is dedicated to providing access to the highest quality care in the most cost-effective manner, they receive calls daily from physicians across the U.S. asking for their help. In fact, 84 percent of oncologists say they need decision support for precision medicine.
At Quantum Health, we pride ourselves in offering our members personalized care and guidance throughout their entire healthcare journey. And now, we're looking forward to a first-of-its kind collaboration with the oncology experts at City of Hope.
When it comes to a serious health event such as cancer, Quantum Health is uniquely positioned between the member and the treating physician from the very beginning—at just the precise moment when physicians are first determining a diagnosis and treatment plan. By pairing City of Hope's best-in-class expertise with our industry-leading consumer navigation and care coordination services, we'll be able to bring our members Personal Precision Oncology Management (PPOM). This will allow us the ability to connect the member's oncologist with the leading oncologists at City of Hope—ultimately improving the member's projected outcome.
Kara Trott, founder and CEO of Quantum Health is thrilled to be offering this new program to clients in the coming months. "City of Hope is at the forefront of precision medicine and cancer treatment expertise," says Kara. "Cancer is emotionally taxing for people and their families. The rapid pace of change leaves people bewildered about what to do. There is also a risk of misdiagnosis leading to unnecessary and non-beneficial treatments that result in avoidable cost and suffering for the patient, as well as poorer outcomes. This relationship with City of Hope will arm our clinical care coordinators with information regarding the latest research and technology to deliver unparalleled cancer care navigation and support to our members, their families and their providers on their unchosen healthcare journey."
The key to surviving cancer is access to the right care, at the right place, at the right time. Finally, the odds are in favor for patients with cancer.
Stay tuned for more information about our collaboration with City of Hope in future editions of MyQTrends!