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Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis

POSTED: September 10, 2013 Share

In the United States, approximately 14 million people have had cancer and more than 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed each year. By 2022, it is projected that there will be 18 million cancer survivors and, by 2030, cancer incidence is expected to rise to 2.3 million new diagnoses per year. However, more than a decade after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) first studied the quality of cancer care, the barriers to achieving excellent care for all cancer patients remain daunting. Therefore, the IOM convened a committee of experts to examine the quality of cancer care in the United States and formulate recommendations for improvement. Among these experts is UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center member Dr. Patricia Ganz, a nationally renowned expert in survivorship, cancer prevention and control and quality of life issues for survivors.

In this 22-minute video, Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis, the IOM committee presents its findings and recommendations. They concluded that the cancer care delivery system is in crisis due to a growing demand for cancer care, increasing complexity of treatment, a shrinking workforce, and rising costs. Changes across the board are urgently needed to improve the quality of cancer care and by working toward the recommendations outlined in this report, the cancer care community can improve the quality of life and outcomes for people facing a cancer diagnosis.

Last updated: 9/10/2013 10:49:19 AM