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Benefits of Membership: An Overview

The MCA was created to serve its members by helping them enhance their ability to deliver advanced cancer care to patients in the Heartland Region. MCA members have access to a wide array of services, including:

Tele-Oncology
Tele-video (ITV) based system for on-site patient consultations with multidisciplinary oncology teams at The University of Kansas Cancer Center and continuing education for professionals.

Patient Navigation
Assistance from a trained MCA Patient Navigator in developing a customized system by which trained health professionals proactively guide patients through community health resources to get the care they need.

Transitions: A Clinic for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer
To address the needs of adult survivors of pediatric cancers, Children's Mercy Hospitals and KU Medical Center have teamed up to develop the Transitions clinic. Initially, the clinic will work with Children's Mercy and the University of Kansas Hospital pediatric cancer survivors entering young adulthood to facilitate communication with oncologists and primary care providers, help ease the transition and more effectively address the impact of late effects of cancer care with the goal of rolling it into a regional program that will provide similar services for Children's Mercy and KU Hospital patients from MCA-member communities in Western Missouri and Kansas.

Clinical Trials
Information about the latest research protocols including Phase I to III therapeutic and prevention trials. For Clinical Research Partner and Major Clinical Research Partner sites, the opportunity to enroll patients in MCA-sponsored clinical trials.

Biobanking
The MCA's Biobank Coordinator is responsible for assisting members as they procure specimens for the purpose of research.  One of MCA's long-term goals is to create a regionally supported biobank where participating members contribute specimens from their patients.  A regional biobank increases the numbers and types of specimens available for research and results in a larger number of studies in the Heartland.

Psychosocial Oncology
The MCA's Behavioral Health Therapist helps members support the psychological well-being of cancer patients from the first day of diagnosis through survivorship.

Outreach Programs and Events
Individualized prevention, screening, early detection, and survivorship programs and events co-sponsored by the MCA and member institutions, based on a comprehensive needs assessment with each member.

Continuing Professional Education
Cancer-specific continuing medical and nursing education credits.

Cancer Survivorship Training
MCA is excited to offer online continuing education courses from Cancer Survivorship Training (CST). CST has assembled experts in cancer survivorship from across the United States and created premium online courses under the guidance of CST's founder, Jennifer Klemp, PhD, MPH. Dr. Klemp created the KU Cancer Center's Survivorship Program and is a leader in cancer survivorship care.

MCA will provide CST courses to MCA members as a member benefit. CST courses will help individual healthcare professionals address their continuing education needs with the goal of improving the quality of life of cancer patients across the region.

MCA members interested in CST courses, please contact: Traci McCarty, Education Program Manager at 913.588.4732 or at tmccarty@kumc.edu.

Networking Events and Conferences
Periodic meetings throughout the year focused on bringing MCA member oncologists and cancer care professionals together to learn from each other and share best practices.

Member Web Resources
A variety of online tools and resources including a directory of physicians, nurses, and cancer support professionals associated with the MCA and The University of Kansas Cancer Center. MCA log-in required.

Branding and Marketing Opportunities
Opportunity to display respective MCA member logo on materials and signage, present member information on MCA website, provide linkages to member websites, and sponsor events.

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Last modified: Feb 24, 2020
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