Tumor boards are multidisciplinary discussions of patient cases led by recognized experts in the topic area and have been updated recently to resemble a live tumor board more closely but in a virtual, on-demand format. These discussions feature medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, pathologists, and others from relevant specialty areas. Each tumor board features one or two patient cases and several discussion questions around key clinical decision points for that case. Members of the tumor board explain the factors they consider when making their treatment recommendations, including how they weigh pertinent research evidence and clinical guidelines, alongside clinical factors and patients’ goals and preferences. Controversial areas and scenarios where evidence is lacking are often discussed as well.
Oncology Topics are 20-to 30-minute foundational courses that provide up-to-date training, beneficial for the entire oncology care team. The interactive courses in this series feature patient cases, patient-care resources, and interactive activities for learners to practice applying knowledge presented in the course. Topics span from fundamentals of chemotherapy, biologic therapy and immunotherapy to supportive care, oncologic emergencies, genomics, biostatistics, cultural literacy and team-based care.
Expert Answers, ASCO’s newest course series, launched in August 2021 and features short lessons presented by experts through video and audio narration, with plenty of interactive activities for the learners. The 15–20-minute courses are designed for practicing medical oncologists, who can earn continuing medical education (CME) credits for completing them. Each course is focused on a particular topic within a disease area. An expert discusses the patient case, explaining their thought process on why a particular treatment was selected over another, the research evidence, and patient and disease factors that influenced their decision.