On September 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report “Delivering high-quality cancer care: charting a new course for a system in crisis.” In this report the IOM proposes a new approach for cancer care.
The committee that wrote the report recommended putting the patient at the center of his or her care to have more control of their choices. Medical professionals need to tell patients about all of their options when talking about cancer treatments, medications, costs and outcomes. Once a patient is fully aware of all of his or her options that person can decide on the best route to take.
The IOM reports that by 2030, 2.3 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed per year. The cost of healthcare is rising, cancer rates are increasing and there will not be enough oncologists and facilities to treat patients. In this report the IOM makes recommendations on how to get high quality cancer care for all using a patient-centered approach.
Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine was the keynote speaker at BCAN’s Eighth Annual Think Tank on August 8-10, 2013. During his presentation he discussed cancer care for the whole patient, patient-centered cancer care and addressing psychosocial issues.
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Dimitrios Tsipanitis, BCAN Research/Education Intern