Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MPH, Program Leader of Survivorship, Supportive and Palliative Care at LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes
To provide optimal whole-person care, the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes flipped the traditional physician-centric clinic model with an approach that empowers a diverse team of providers to serve the mind, body, and spirit of cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and loved ones. Oncologists, advance practice providers, palliative care experts, social workers, therapists, nutritionists, financial navigators, and others work together to prioritize both quality of life and optimal disease treatment. LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes’ tailored support services approaches cancer as a chronic condition that requires long-term, whole-person care.
In December 2018, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Health Austin) began a bold new experiment. With a $50 million grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation, UT Health Austin launched the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, an outpatient cancer clinic that replaces the traditional cancer care approach with a model that treats cancer as a chronic condition that affects the whole person rather than just the disease site.
Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MPH, the program leader of Survivorship, Support, and Palliative Care at LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, says the program is anchored in interdisciplinary supportive care, making available the supportive services that may not be accessible in the traditional cancer care delivery model.
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