IOM Report Released Today, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis” – National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

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Today the IOM released its report “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis”.

Heather Swift‘s insight:

A newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient must decide between treatment or surveillance, but is having difficulty understanding the doctor’s recommendations. A breast cancer survivor has transitioned from active treatment, but is unsure of what long-term effects to expect. A lung cancer patient is unaware that his recommended treatment is not curative, and has not yet discussed end-of-life care with doctors or family members.
These experiences, and others along the continuum of care, underscore the need for improved communication between patients and providers, as well as a need for cancer care planning and coordination. 
This fall, the Institute of Medicine released a report, sponsored by NCCS and other leading cancer organizations, that concluded that the cancer care system is in crisis – it is not patient-centered, does not provide well-coordinated care, and does not encourage evidence-based treatment decisions.
We do not have to accept confusion as a given in a cancer diagnosis. NCCS works to improve patients’ experiences with cancer. By amplifying the patient voice in national discussions about how the nation regulates, finances, and delivers cancer care, we can improve the care that cancer patients receive.
In 2013, NCCS represented the patient perspective in national meetings, convened policy experts and thought leaders, submitted comments on federal policies, developed tools to address gaps in cancer care planning, advocated for quality cancer care, and championed legislation that would give Medicare beneficiaries access to cancer care planning and coordination.
Patients should understand their prognosis and options, know what to expect from treatment, and receive care that is coordinated and evidence-based.

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