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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to Oncologic Imaging and Pathology Expertise and Technologies: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25163.
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Appendix A

Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will plan and host a 1.5-day public workshop that will feature invited presentations and panel discussions. Workshop participants will examine strategies to ensure that patients have access to appropriate oncologic pathology and imaging expertise and technologies to inform their cancer diagnosis, treatment planning, assessment of treatment response, and oncologic surveillance. Potential strategies that will be explored include opportunities to develop and maintain a workforce with oncologic imaging and pathology competencies and the role of new technologies and models of care to improve access to this expertise. Participants will be invited to discuss topics that may include

  • Training needs for clinicians (specialists and generalists) who interpret pathology and imaging results for patients with cancer.
  • Models of care that can improve patient access to cancer specialists in pathology and radiology (e.g., telemedicine), and implications on patient outcomes and clinical practice.
  • Opportunities to enhance collaboration among pathologists, radiologists, and oncologists to improve diagnostic testing and treatment decision making for patients with cancer.
  • Challenges and opportunities for technologies to facilitate improved diagnostic decision making among specialists and generalists (e.g.,
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to Oncologic Imaging and Pathology Expertise and Technologies: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25163.
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  • guidelines, appropriate use criteria, computer-aided detection, diagnostic decision support).
  • Potential role of new advances in imaging and pathology technologies to improve decision making for patients with cancer.

The committee will develop the agenda for the workshop sessions, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. A proceedings of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to Oncologic Imaging and Pathology Expertise and Technologies: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25163.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to Oncologic Imaging and Pathology Expertise and Technologies: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25163.
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Rapid advances in cancer research, the development of new and more sophisticated approaches to diagnostic testing, and the growth in targeted cancer therapies are transforming the landscape of cancer diagnosis and care. These innovations have contributed to improved outcomes for patients with cancer, but they have also increased the complexity involved in diagnosis and subsequent care decisions.

To examine opportunities to improve cancer diagnosis and care, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine developed a two-workshop series. The first workshop, held on February 12–13, 2018, in Washington, DC, focused on potential strategies to ensure that patients have access to appropriate expertise and technologies in oncologic pathology and imaging to inform their cancer diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as assessment of treatment response and surveillance. This publication chronicles the presentations and discussions at the workshop.

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