Assuring Quality to Improve Survival
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 rates show almost a four-fold difference across countries.
In short, many countries are not doing as well as they could in the fight against
Cancer Care: Assuring Quality to Improve Survival surveys the policy trends in cancer
care over recent years and looks at survival rates to identify the why some countries
are doing better than others. It 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.
Published on October 30, 2013
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