Outlining the Crisis in Cancer Care
The task of providing accessible, high-quality care to cancer patients is facing an increasing number of stresses and threatens to reach a crisis in the future. This literature review looks at these stresses. The US population increased 0.07% (2.2 million) in 2016. Aging is a major risk factor for cancer and the number of persons over 65 is projected to double by 2050. The needed increased workforce is not projected to be adequate. The increased complexity of cancer care creates the need for improved communication among providers and patients. The rising cost of health care has been unsustainable and solutions are controversial, changing, and unresolved. Quality is an essential component of cancer care but measures are in development and challenging to implement. Knowledge of these stresses can help cancer programs in their strategic planning as they prepare to face these challenges and work to provide quality cancer care.
KeywordsCancer Aging Stresses Quality Workforce Cost
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