Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Courses

Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Courses (MCMC) improve cancer care globally through the promotion of interdisciplinary cancer management. The course provides fundamental training for physicians, nurses, pathologists, and residents in countries where patients with cancer are frequently treated by non-specialists.

The MCMC teaches multidisciplinary management of the most prevalent cancer types in the host country and includes mock tumor board discussions and education in the aspects of treatment from initial presentation to end of life care. Topics include breast, colon, anal canal, rectal, lung, prostate and head and neck cancers, among others. Other presentations are available for end-of-life care, clinical trials, prevention and screening, and more.

What our attendees are saying:
As a result of what I learned at MCMC...

  • “I have improved on my communication to patients about their illnesses and I am able to refer to the required specialist as soon as possible. I have also made sure that most challenging cases are discussed in tumor board meetings and no patient gets treatment without histology diagnosis."
  • “A palliative care clinic has been started at our clinic. I make sure that patient referral and diagnosis takes the least time to avoid disease progression to incurable stage.”
  • “I have made a dose adjustment of drugs basing on organ function and am doing pharmacovigilance.”
  • “I educated fellow staff members on the proper management of oncology patients.”

Courses in 2014 & 2015:

DateLocationIn Collaboration With:
May 12-15, 2014Yerevan, ArmeniaArmenian Association of Hematology and Oncology
July 24-25, 2014Mexico City, Mexico

Sociedad Quirurgica and ABC Hospital

August 27-28, 2014Hue, VietnamHue Central Hospital
October 9-11, 2014Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFrench Brazilian Cancer Society
November 19-21, 2014Manila, PhilippinesCancer Institute of St. Luke's Medical Center
February 21-22, 2015Yangon, MyanmarPinlon Hospital Cancer Center
April 15, 2015Vina del Mar, ChileChilean Oncology Foundation
August 28-29, 2015Sao Paulo, BrazilInstituto do Cancer de Estado de Sao Paulo
September 10-11, 2015MauritiusVictoria Hospital, Ministry of Health & Quality of Life
September 2015Harare, ZimbabweCollege of Health and Sciences, University of Zimbabwe

Objectives

  • Further best practices in the treatment of cancers common to locality
  • Encourage attendees to discuss cases with other specialists to develop treatment plans
  • Identify and achieve other learning goals specific to locality
  • Increased understanding of clinical research basics and how to evaluate research

"Train the Trainer" Program

"Train the Trainer" refers to the 1-2 day optional training workshop held before the MCMC program. The "Train the Trainer" program is designed to help participants:

  • Increase their understanding of multidisciplinary cancer care concepts;
  • Learn effective teaching methods and practical skills for course implementation;
  • Understand general teaching principles and elements of multidisciplinary treatment;
  • Discuss implementation strategies for the organization of their own trainings within their communities and institutions

Course Outcomes

MCMC Kenya participants, 2012

  • 84% of respondents reported making practice changes one year later based on what they learned.
  • 89% of respondents reported increased participation in tumor boards or discussing treatment plans with other colleagues.
  • 80% of respondents are more confident in their ability to diagnose and treat patients with cancer and HIV lymphomas.
  • 89% of respondents said they were confident in their ability to communicate about a patient’s care with their colleagues.

Host a Course in Your Country

ASCO collaborates with organizations around the world to organize training courses that seek to improve cancer patient care within countries and across regions.  If your organization is interested in applying to ASCO to organize a Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course, you can download the application form and funding request form.  Please send the completed application and all required attachments listed in the application form to mcmc@asco.org.  ASCO staff are available at international@asco.org to explain the application process and to answer any questions.  Thank you for your interest.