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publication date: Dec 3, 2013
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The American Society of Clinical Oncology published its second list of five opportunities to improve the quality and value of cancer care in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The list was part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, sponsored by the ABIM Foundation, to encourage conversations between physicians and patients aimed at curbing the use of certain tests and procedures that are not supported by clinical research, according to an ASCO statement.

One of the first nine medical societies to join the campaign, ASCO issued its first list in April 2012.

“As physicians, we have a fundamental responsibility to provide high-quality, high-value cancer care for all of our patients,” said Lowell Schnipper, lead author of the JCO article and chair of ASCO’s Value of Cancer Care Task Force. “That means eliminating screening and imaging tests where the risk of harm outweighs the benefits, and making sure that every choice of treatment reflects the best available evidence.

“By providing evidence-based care, we not only help our patients live better with cancer, we also assure they are getting high-quality care that will deliver the greatest possible benefit for the cost.”



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