Cancer Care

Assuring Quality to Improve Survival

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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.

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.


Exploratory quantitative analysis

This chapter describes the results of an exploratory analysis of the relation between cancer care system characteristics and cancer outcomes. It looks at the differences in cancer outcomes for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer in 31 OECD countries for cancer patients followed-up between 2000 and 2002. The analysis tries to explain these differences through system characteristics related to the resources put into cancer care, the practice of cancer care and the governance of cancer care.



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