How Do We Improve Cancer Care in the United States?

on Friday, October 11, 2013

More than a decade has passed since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its first and only national report on cancer care in the United States. Since then, extraordinary changes have taken hold, improving the diagnosis, treatment, and care of people with cancer.

As remarkable as these efforts are, there are severe and growing gaps in access, communication, and data sharing that are affecting our ability to provide the highest quality care. In September, the IOM delivered its latest findings and recommendations in a new report titled, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Mary McCabe, Director of the Cancer Survivorship Initiative and part of the IOM committee that developed the report, is available to address the findings and recommendations in greater detail. Peter B. Bach, epidemiologist and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, is also available. Dr. Bach is an expert in healthcare policy and can address matters such as payment systems and coverage policies.