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.


Resources for cancer care

The variations in cancer care outcomes and spending described in suggest cross-country differences in resources dedicated to cancer care, in cancer care practice and in the governance of cancer care systems. covers resources for cancer care, one of the important domains in assessing the performance of cancer care systems.This chapter illustrates the cross-national variations in the availability of resources for cancer care, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and specialised institutions and health professionals, along with related policy trends.



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