Entries by Caroline Hewitt

AON Partnership Lets Messino Cancer Centers Maintain Independence and Achieve Expansion Goals

Founded by Michael Messino, M.D., Messino Cancer Centers (MCC) in western North Carolina provides treatment for adults diagnosed with all types of cancers and blood disorders. The physicians have a 30-year history of providing high-quality, research-backed, personalized care to patients in the community setting—close to their loved ones and where they live and work.

The Benefits of Clinical Trials at Community Practices

Clinical trials are essential to advancements in treating — and ultimately eradicating — cancer. And patient participation is key to ensuring their efficacy and accuracy. The best way to make patients feel more comfortable enrolling in trials is participation by community oncology practices, which allows them to take part in trials close to home and alongside nurses and physicians who they already know and trust.

The Crucial Role Nurses Play in Oncology

Nurses play an essential role in oncology care, especially throughout the community-based clinics that make up American Oncology Network. While the role of an oncology nurse has expanded and changed over the years, one thing remains constant: the complete commitment and compassion they have for each patient they help treat.

The Importance of a Patient-Centric Approach

At American Oncology Network (AON), we encourage our practices to adopt a patient-centric approach and deliver exceptional care with compassion and kindness. It’s a method of care delivery that supports the value-based care model, which has revolutionized healthcare by rewarding providers based on their delivery of the highest quality patient care.

Racial Disparities in Cancer Care and Research: The Causes and Possible Solutions

Racial disparities exist in cancer care and research. Black people have higher death rates than members of all other ethnic groups for most types of cancer and black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women despite a similar rate of diagnosis. While there has been progress toward erasing these inequities in treatment and care, a great deal more work remains to be done.

Cervical Cancer: How it can be Prevented and Treated

January was Cervical Cancer Awareness Month — and awareness has played a big role in its shift from the leading cause of death among women in the United States to the most preventable of female cancers. This is due largely to the emphasis placed on annual screenings and the emergence of vaccines for the human papilloma virus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer.