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TurningPoint Hosts Webinar on Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Survivorship

TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, a non-profit 501(c)3 health care organization based in Atlanta, GA, will host Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Survivorship: Engaging a National Healthcare Forum to Enact Change, at 3:00 pm Central on October 28, 2020. The goal of this 90-minute webinar is to discuss the magnitude and causes of racial disparity in breast cancer survivorship and propose solutions to improve health equity. It is of interest to physicians, surgeons, rehabilitation professionals, and other providers working in the oncology field, as well as stakeholders in health equity and breast cancer survivorship.

The forum host is Dr. Robert Smith, PhD, senior vice president of the American Cancer Society. The panelists are Dr. Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, radiation oncologist and incoming executive director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance; Dr. Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, associate professor, University of Louisiana Monroe; Dr. Sheryl Gabram, MD, MBA, FACS, professor of surgery, Emory University, and Dr. Janae Finley, DPT, PT, TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.

There is critical disparity in breast cancer outcomes and survivorship in Black women. Significant short- and long-term physical and emotional consequences of breast cancer reduce quality of life for all breast cancer survivors. Black women experience greater incidence of these adverse treatment effects. Research is clear that rehabilitation and exercise significantly reduce these issues, increase quality of life and decrease breast cancer recurrence―but very few patients receive this care. The lack of access to specialized breast cancer rehabilitation is magnified in minority patients, resulting in even greater health inequity. This forum brings together experts in the field to open a conversation and propose solutions on this important topic.

In order to realize durable change, TurningPoint is identifying Champions for Change, leaders in the breast cancer field who will continue to meet after the event and dialogue about how to implement change, measure it, and provide input on future events. Together we can ensure that all breast cancer survivors have access to high-quality rehabilitation care. Contact TurningPoint at to join us as a Champion for Change.

Registrars Encouraged to Participate in NAACCR 2020 Field Study

The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) 2020 Field Study will be open from November 1 to  December 1, 2020. This year's field test will include one new proposed Site-Specific Data Item (SSDI), two SSDIs with major changes for 2021, and several problematic SSDIs. In addition, there will be several grade scenarios.

Field studies were introduced in 2019 as a way to assess proposed data items and address major concerns prior to implementation. Through the field studies, standard setters can assess how well registrars can code the proposed new data items based on the draft codes and definitions. The studies also provide feedback on additional coding instructions needed for changes to the proposed codes and code definitions, along with educational needs.

We especially urge hospital registrars to participate in the 2020 Field Study. We estimate this will take one to two hours of your time. CEUs will be available. This is a great opportunity for you to have an impact on the development and maintenance of data items.

Visit the NAACCR website for more information on the field study. Registration for the study starts on October 15.