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Working in Oncology is a podcast and video show that spotlights oncology practice staff and industry influencers who work behind the scenes to shape the future of oncology. From nurses to practice managers and medical assistants, all the way to patient navigators, we share the stories, challenges, and advice that can only come from inside the oncology practice. Sharing this knowledge and inspiration gives the oncology community more opportunities to grow.In each episode, staff and influencers discuss topics all across the spectrum of life and working in oncology. Topics include counseling patients and their families, promoting clinical best practices, managing stress, and leaving work at work (and being present at home). Plus, a whole lot more.

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    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Working in Oncology is a podcast and video show that spotlights oncology practice staff and industry influencers who work behind the scenes to shape the future of oncology. From nurses to practice managers and medical assistants, all the way to patient navigators, we share the stories, challenges, and advice that can only come from inside the oncology practice. Sharing this knowledge and inspiration gives the oncology community more opportunities to grow.In each episode, staff and influencers discuss topics all across the spectrum of life and working in oncology. Topics include counseling patients and their families, promoting clinical best practices, managing stress, and leaving work at work (and being present at home). Plus, a whole lot more.

    Navigating COVID-related Surgical Delays for Oncology Patients w/ Joshua Shaw

    Navigating COVID-related Surgical Delays for Oncology Patients w/ Joshua Shaw

    In the midst of a pandemic, many patients are finding themselves making difficult choices: Should I go to my biopsy follow-up and risk catching COVID?

    Unfortunately, many patients feel the risk isn’t worth it to visit a medical facility. But this is creating huge implications when it comes to diagnosing and treating high-mortality diseases like liver and pancreatic cancer.

    Dr. Joshua Shaw, Transplant Surgeon & HPB Surgical Oncologist at Broward Health, joins the show to discuss his experiences, including ways to avoid delays in surgery, encouragement for those still avoiding in-person appointments, and new developments in surgical oncology.

    Here are the show highlights:

    - Patient tips & best practices to prevent delays in treatment (2:41)


    - The evolving definition of operability & what it means for cancer patients (6:16)


    - How COVID-19 has delayed treatment for cancer patients (13:27)


    - What to say to patients who are afraid to come in because of COVID (17:16)


    - How Dr. Shaw deals with stressful situations (23:50)

    Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast:


    - J1shaw@browardhealth.org


    - https://www.browardhealth.org/services/transplant-services

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    • 26 min
    Drug Development: How Do We Choose Which Unmet Needs Get Treated? w/ Jeff Bockman

    Drug Development: How Do We Choose Which Unmet Needs Get Treated? w/ Jeff Bockman

    Unmet need is a huge driver in the development of oncology treatments. But when it comes to choosing the therapies that “make the cut,” it’s not that simple.

    What are the risks involved? Where has efficacy been demonstrated in the treatment area and type? And the timeless question: who’s paying for it?

    Jeff Bockman, Ph.D. EVP & Oncology Practice Head at Cello Health BioConsulting, joins us to share his experience and break down the criteria and considerations of how therapies are chosen and developed.

    Here are the show highlights:

    - Who are the players and decision-makers developing therapies? (3:18)


    - How developers decide which therapies to pursue (15:34)


    - How the element of risk complicates the goal of pursuing unmet needs (28:20)


    - Pipeline activity, precision oncology, and more trends in biotech (34:24)


    - Why we’ll see more “engineering of biology” in the next 5-10 years (39:28)

    Check out these resources mentioned during the podcast:

    Dr. Bockman’s LinkedIn

    Dr. Bockman’s Email

    Cello Health’s Website
    To hear more interviews like this one, subscribe to the Working In Oncology Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform.

    • 42 min
    What It Really Looks Like to Put Patients at the Center of the Care Model w/ Sherin Al-Safadi

    What It Really Looks Like to Put Patients at the Center of the Care Model w/ Sherin Al-Safadi

    Everyone in the healthcare sector has heard of (and likely works toward) a patient-centric model. But what does it really mean? And how does it look in practice?

    Sherin Al-Safadi,, MSc, MBA, PhD Director of Global Medical Affairs Oncology at Bayer Pharmaceuticals, joins the show to discuss her experience and insights on Bayer’s global mission to provide access for patients.

    We discuss the best practices and strategies used around the world to make sure the voice of the patient is kept at the highest volume — from the role of allied health professionals and caretakers to the evolving use of digital communication tools like telemedicine, text messages, and social media.

    Here are the show highlights:

    - The critical ecosystem of allied health professionals (3:16)


    - The 3 “buckets” of care inequalities she’s seen across different nations (8:52)


    - Best practices abroad that could be implemented in the U.S. (15:58)


    - Developments, improvements, and opportunities in telemedicine (20:43)


    - Text message, social media, and the evolving world of patient communication (26:21)

    To hear more interviews like this one, subscribe to the Working In Oncology Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform.

    • 35 min
    Using Expanded Access & “Right to Try” for Experimental Drugs w/ Ajeet Gajra

    Using Expanded Access & “Right to Try” for Experimental Drugs w/ Ajeet Gajra

    For patients who have run out of approved treatment options, hopes of fighting disease can feel diminished. Fortunately, through existing and new programs, patients have access to alternative drugs. Educating physicians more on the program availability can lead to an increase in options for patients and a more positive outlook to recovery.

    Dr. Ajeet Gajra, Chief Medical Officer at Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions, joins the show to discuss experimental oncology drug use through the Expanded Access Program & the Right To Try Law.  


    Here are the show highlights: 

    - Expanded Access Program vs. The Right To Try Law


    - Hesitancy & Barriers to Use Programs


    - First Steps & How To Stay Up-To-Date on Programs


    - Tips for Office Staff w/ These Programs


    - Success & Future Use of Drugs 


    Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast:

    - Dr. Gajra’s LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajeet-gajra-md-mbbs-facp-77059748/


    - Dr. Gajra’s Research (https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/OP.20.00569)


    - Cardinal Health (https://www.cardinalhealth.com/en.html)
     

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    • 34 min
    The Oncology Sales Ecosystem: How It Works & How It’s Changing w/ Richard Stein

    The Oncology Sales Ecosystem: How It Works & How It’s Changing w/ Richard Stein

    Oncology office staff might find themselves asking: “Who are all these reps? What’s the deal with these emails, calls, pamphlets, and visits?”


    The umbrella of oncology sales can be complex. It includes several roles and touchpoints, from securing sales to guiding physicians and nurses to helping educate patients.


    Richard Stein, Former Senior Manager, Inside Sales at Amgen, joins us to provide a deep dive into how the oncology sales ecosystem works, as well as the relationships between sales and practices.


    We talked about the specifics of each position, how these positions can overlap with others, and how COVID-19 has impacted the way everyone communicates and works together.

     
    Here are the show highlights:


    - The difference between inside and outside oncology sales reps (4:00)


    - How COVID-19 has affected relationships and sales processes (20:16)


    - A rep’s guide to setting expectations with physicians and office staff (28:58)


    - How can we empower patients to advocate for themselves? (33:17)


    - Tools and resources to help patients pay for their treatment (41:21)


    To hear more interviews like this one, subscribe to Working In Oncology on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform.

    • 44 min
    Clinical Trials and the Patient Experience with Thomas Marron

    Clinical Trials and the Patient Experience with Thomas Marron

    People who participate in clinical trials will joke that they’re a human guinea pig — but they aren’t. They’re receiving excellent care as well as furthering knowledge that will save future lives. 

    But what about placebos? 

    In this episode, we interview Thomas Marron, Director, Early Phase Trials Unit at Tisch Cancer Institute, about the patient experience for clinical trials for cancer.

    Tom shared :

    -There are nearly 5,000 different agents in development in the cancer space

    -Two new areas taking over the treatment paradigm


    -What the 3 phases of clinical trials focus on


    -Informed consent, placebos, and collecting samples


    -The next 20 years in oncology 

    Stay connected with Working in Oncology on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our podcast website.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

KVO0124 ,

Excellent Podcast

Love the topics that are uncovered each week. The guest host you all find are top notch and full of amazing information. I learn something every time I listen.

Quinnee23 ,

Something for providers and patients!

This podcast should be listened to and shared by Oncologists and Oncology patients alike! Thanks for bringing this community together.

AngelaC5 ,

Insightful!

I have been part of the Production team for this show and I can absolutely tell you how valuable this content will be for listeners in the Oncology field! This incredible team is already providing valuable insights for innovation in healthcare and how to help patients gain access to healthcare. I have enjoyed learning from them and will continue to be an avid listener!
Best Wishes! ~Angela

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