ASCO recently conducted a follow-up survey to assess the impact of the Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course (MCMC) held in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2018. The MCMC was held in partnership with Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital and Nepal Cancer Relief Society and was partially supported through the contributions of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), the Conquer Cancer Mission Endowment, and a grant from Celgene.
Seventy-eight percent of said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the course. The most frequently reported changes were: changes related to management of cervical cancers; a multidisciplinary approach to care; and screening patients for cervical cancer. Overall, the objectives regarding screening and management of cervical cancer, and multidisciplinary management of cancer appear to have been most successful, with more than 80 percent of respondents reporting using or improving skills they learned at the course in these areas. In addition, between 55 and 69 percent of respondents reported implementing or attempting to implement each of ASCO's Resource-Stratified Guidelines for cervical cancer.
The course also covered palliative care, and 75 percent of respondents reported improving or using palliative case skills they used at the course; however, no respondents reported specific changes related to palliative care. In addition, only 30 percent of respondents reported implementing or attempting to implement ASCO's Resource-Stratified Guideline in palliative care.