During the event’s first panel discussion, Josh Mailman (NorCal CarciNET Community) and Lisa Taverna (Lymphoma Research Foundation) shared their personal experiences, and stressed the importance of patient outreach and education around the risks and benefits of innovative cancer therapies. Ms Taverna said, ‘My goal as a lymphoma survivor is to make sure that as many therapies get into clinical trials as possible… to give people the best treatment options.’
The second panel discussion, looking at future readiness for radioligand therapy in the US and potential barriers to its integration, brought the webinar to a close. Panel members Fran Castellow (Patient Advocate Foundation), Dr Ronald Ennis (American Society for Radiation Oncology) and Dr Anshu Jain (Community Oncology Alliance) discussed key factors that need to be addressed when implementing a new therapy. Implementation and cost of care were highlighted as the most important barriers. Dr Ennis concluded the session with a fitting summary:
‘We need a multipronged approach to accelerate the uptake of radioligand therapy, with education efforts from professional societies and advocates. These efforts need to be at all levels – the societal level, the social media level, and the institutional level in every practice environment.’
We would like to thank the speakers for their contributions, Ms Bruno for moderating the event and attendees for engaging in this important discussion.
Download the slides from the event
To find out more about HPP’s ongoing work in radioligand therapy, see the project page.