URMC to Partner with Livingston County Organizations to Develop Virtual Rural Oncology Community
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
A cross-disciplinary team from the University of Rochester Medical Center is partnering with the Livingston County Department of Health, Tri-County Family Medicine, Noyes Health and local cancer survivors to develop ways to improve the health and quality of life of rural cancer patients.
This group is creating an online portal to connect patients, survivors, family caregivers, and health care providers in the community. The goal of developing this Virtual Rural Oncology Community (V-ROC) is to improve communication and decision-making about treatment options, support and other needs that arise after initial cancer treatment ends.
“Cancer care is increasingly complex, and it can be overwhelming to make decisions about your treatment. As a patient, you are an important member of your care team and have the right to discuss your options, understand their implications and decide what is best for you,” said Katia Noyes, Ph.D., MPH, professor of Surgery and Public Health Sciences, who is leading the project. “Physicians expect you to do this, and our project is aimed at providing resources and information to help you make those decisions. We are excited to work with our partners in Livingston County to ensure that we are designing a resource that truly meets the unique needs of rural communities.”