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caSNP E-News

June 2015
Vol 3, Issue 6

The GW Cancer Institute's Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy (caSNP) E-News provides information on relevant articles, trends and updates in the fields of navigation and survivorship along with current and upcoming caSNP programs and initiatives.
News from GW Cancer Institute
Free Training Opportunities through the caSNP Online Academy! 

Launched in 2014, the Online Academy offers free online training programs for clinicians and public health practitioners across the country. The Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals (enrollment code: PNTrain) is based on the first-ever consensus-based Core Competencies for Patient Navigators that were developed through a collaborative multi-stage process. The Executive Training on Navigation and Survivorship (enrollment code: ETrain) is an interactive program that teaches the nuts and bolts of patient navigation and clinical survivorship program development and implementation. Three easy steps to enroll in either course:

  1. Visit the GW Cancer Institute Online Academy at

  2. Login or register for an account

  3. Enter the enrollment code for the course you wish to take (case sensitive)

#caSNPeTraining #TAPeTraining #PatientNavigation #Survivorship

Upcoming Webinar: Grants and Funding: Diversifying and Securing Resources for Cancer Control 

On Wednesday, June 17 the GW Cancer Institute will host a free webinar on finding funding sources and completing grant applications to support Comprehensive Cancer Control efforts. The webinar will feature Anne Willis, Director of Patient-Centered Programs at the GW Cancer Institute, who will provide an overview of the nuts and bolts of applying for grants. Katie Bathje, Program Director for the Kentucky Cancer Consortium (KCC), Angie Patterson, Vice President of Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) and Riguey King, Co-Chair of Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia will share ideas and experiences for supplementing coalition funding. Register today! #TAPwebinar

caSNP Webinar Archive

Roles and Responsibilities of Navigators: A GWCI Case Study

The Affordable Care Act and American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Patient-Centered Standards have placed a heavy emphasis on providing patient-centered care to improve health outcomes. Patient navigation is a culturally competent intervention to address barriers to care that has been widely adopted in cancer and chronic disease to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life. Models of patient navigation vary based on the services being provided, who is providing those services, to whom and at what point(s) during the continuum. This webinar explored the history and evolution of patient navigation and provided participants with a case study on the navigation model implemented through the GW Cancer Institute. GW Cancer Institute navigators discussed their role as part of the care coordination team across the continuum, challenges and successes and program results. You can view this archived webinar and others in our caSNP archive.

In the News

Increasing Cervical Cancer Screening Among Vietnamese Americans: A Community-Based Intervention Trial


Compared to the general population, Asian Americans have significantly low rates for cervical cancer screening, of which Vietnamese American women have even lower rates. In this study published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, researchers explored the effectiveness of an intervention to increase cervical cancer screening rates in Vietnamese American women. Individuals enrolled in the intervention received tailored information and activities including group education from professionally-trained health educators and patient navigation services. Read the article.


Information Needs of Cancer Survivors Differ Depending on the Type of Cancer


In this article published on News-Medical.Net, a study of information seeking behavior of cancer survivors was reviewed. While survivors in general looked most often for information related to cancer recurrence, the frequency for information seeking of other topics varied depending on cancer type. Read more

Fertility Preservation Preferences and Perspectives Among Adult Male Survivors of Pediatric Cancer and Their Parents

Preserving fertility may not be a top concern for pediatric cancer survivors and their parents at time of diagnosis. However, this study published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology highlights that regret for not preserving fertility for male pediatric cancer survivors and their parents often emerges later in life. Researchers suggest clinicians discuss options for fertility preservation with pediatric cancer patients and parents at the time of diagnosis and treatment planning. Find out more.


Effect of Patient Navigator Program on No-Show Rates at an Academic Referral Colposcopy Clinic


The impact of a patient navigation program on the rates of missed appointments for cervical cancer screening was evaluated in this study published in the Journal of Women's Health. Researchers also reported on the demographics and barriers associated with no-shows. Read the article.


Racial Disparities in Sexual Dysfunction Outcomes After Prostate Cancer Treatment: Myth or Reality?


Published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, this article reviews the available literature on race and its implications for sexual dysfunction outcomes for African-American prostate cancer survivors. Sexual dysfunction management, psychosocial factors and survivorship care for this group were also explored. Read more.

Resources for Health Care Professionals

Cancer Policy Advocate Training 


On June 25-26, The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is hosting an in-person training for advocates on cancer policy. The training will be focused on the needs of cancer survivors across the cancer care continuum. Registration is free and pre and post training webinars are also available to complement the training. Find out more.

Update Released: 2015 NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Prostate Cancer


The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has released updated guidelines for patients of prostate cancer. The guidelines are based on the 20th annual edition of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Prostate Cancer and provide information on prostate cancer basics, staging and treatment options. Learn more about the patient guidelines.

National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: Chartbook on Person- and Family- Centered Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the Person- and Family-Centered Care chartbook that includes figures and summaries of person- and family-centered care measures and trends for 2014. A PowerPoint presentation of the chartbook is also available for download. Access the chartbook
E-Learning Series Offers Free CEs

Late Effects of Cancer and its Treatments: Managing Comorbidities and Coordinating with Specialty Providers 

This month, we highlight module 2 of our Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers. The E-Learning Series is open to all health professionals and CEs are available at no cost to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses. Visit our website. #caSNPeTraining #Survivorship

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