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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.

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Foreword

Cancer remains a major health care challenge in OECD countries and the financial burden associated with cancer is also growing. However, despite recent improvements in cancer treatment and prevention, countries are not doing as well as they could to fight the disease: an estimated one-third of cases could be cured if detected on time and adequately treated, and another one-third could be prevented entirely if more far-reaching public health measures were in place. Furthermore, cancer survival data show almost a four-fold difference across OECD countries. While some countries are lagging behind in cancer care performance, other countries have designed systems that make them global leaders in the fight against cancer.

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