IoM Reports on Challenges of Cancer Care in the U.S., Timely Referral to Hospice Encouraged
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy




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In the United States, approximately 14 million people received a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime and more than 1.6 million new diagnoses occur each year. By 2022, projections estimate there will be 18 million cancer survivors and, by 2030, cancer incidence may rise to 2.3 million new diagnoses per year.

The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IoM) completed a new study that identifies a crisis in cancer care in the United States stemming from a growing demand for care, a shrinking oncology workforce, raising costs of cancer care and the complexity of the disease and its treatment.

The report, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis,” offers several recommendations for addressing these challenges and improving cancer care including strengthening clinicians’ core competencies, shifting to team-based models of care and communicating more effectively with patients. Throughout the document, the IOM encourages timely referral to hospice for end-of-life care for cancer patients. 

To download a free copy of the report, please click here.
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