A new cancer center model is helping meet the demand for better quality cancer care in community settings, and ADC Review | Journal of Antibody-drug Conjugates has an original paper describing the concept. 
Hybrid academic-community cancer centers began emerging and evolving at several sites in some southern and mid-Atlantic states during the last several years, and in February 2017 a number of their directors, and other key members of their respective institutions, gathered for a CME-sponsored full-day workshop in Miami to share experiences and best practices to advance the model.
Cancer centers qualified to be classified as hybrid academic-community cancer centers shared the following attributes:
- Most recruited respected academic-clinician leaders from NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers.
- They were established at large, well-respected, financially secure not-for-profit regional community hospital systems interested in increasing quality of care and standards of practice.
- They sought to infuse greater academic rigor into their programs, develop translational research programs, enroll more patients from their respective communities into clinical trials, and provide the best cancer care to populations not served by traditional academic centers.
- They often adapted existing resources through collaborative efforts rather than reinventing the wheel.
The centers represented were Baptist Health South Florida’s Miami Cancer Institute, Miami, Fla.; West Cancer Center, Memphis, Tenn.; Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Falls Church, Va.; and Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, SC.
Participants discussed how and why their centers were created, academic partnerships, future goals, and opportunities and challenges in research, treatment, recruitment, marketing, and fundraising, among other issues.
The conference was organized and moderated by Onco’Zine editor-at-large Eric T. Rosenthal, who first identified, named, and described the concept in a series of articles appearing in MedPage Today in 2015.
The article “The Nature and Nurturing of Hybrid Academic-Community Cancer Centers,” was co-authored by Rosenthal and the cancer center directors, Michael Zinner, MD, Lee Schwartzberg, MD, Donald L. “Skip” Trump, MD, and Timothy Yeatman, MD and was published today in ADC Review | Journal of Antibody-drug Conjugates.
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