Cancer Management Systems: A Path Toward Better Patient Care

Published: Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012
Whether they are a part of a large cancer center in a metropolitan hospital or a small three-person practice in Montana, oncologists are all faced with the same challenge—delivering the best cancer care possible while reining in rising costs. One answer that many oncologists are looking at: cancer management systems.

Kathy Lokay

Kathy Lokay

“The challenge we face in health care in general, but in oncology in particular, is the rising costs of care,” said Kathy Lokay, chief executive officer of D3 Oncology Solutions, which offers the Via Oncology Pathways system to community and academic oncologists. “Payers are becoming aggressive in trying to get these costs under control.”

Lee N. Newcomer

Lee N. Newcomer, MD,

“Pathways doctors make better doctors,” said Lee N. Newcomer, MD, senior vice president, Oncology, Women’s Health and Genetics for United Healthcare. “Pathways are about doing what the evidence says is best for that patient, but they are never 100%. There will be some patients that have a medical reason why they could not use the drugs in a pathway, and going off the pathway for them is always acceptable. There will always be a huge need for physician knowledge. So, this does not diminish the role of the physician at all.”

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