Cancer Care: Assuring Quality to Improve Survival
(30th October 2013)
More than five million new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in OECD countries. Mortality rates are declining, but not as fast as for other big killers such as heart disease, and cancer survival estimates show almost a four-fold difference across countries.
Cancer Care: Assuring quality to improve survival surveys the policy trends in cancer care over recent years and sets out what governments should do to reduce the burden of cancer in their countries. As well as an adequate level of resourcing, a comprehensive national cancer control plan appears critical, emphasising initiatives such as early detection and fast-track treatment pathways. Countries also need better data, particularly for patients’ experiences of care, in order to provide high quality, continuously improving cancer care.
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