A growing number of cancer survivors, lack of providers and the growing costs of health speak of the need to ensure a coordinated all-round assistance to former patients. A new report by the American Cancer Society provides a list of the most important priorities for the provision of care, research, education and policy.
It is estimated that by the end of 2018 more than 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. This number continues to grow each year, despite the decrease in incidence rates among males and stable rates among women as a result of the aging population. Advances in early detection and treatment contribute to the continued growth in the number of Americans who have ever had a tumor. According to forecasts, in 2026 the number of victims of cancer in the United States will rise to 20.3 million and 26.1 million by 2040. US An aging population will also increase the number of older people who have had cancer, which is an integrated care ( 73% of survivors aged 65 years and older in 2040, compared with 62% in 2016).
Efforts to minimize the long-term effects of cancer, improving the quality of life and overall health, as well as to improve support for families or friends of patients.
The report authors reviewed studies on identifying and meeting the needs of victims of cancer and caregivers to create a complex of the most important priorities to assist in health policy.
The report says that efforts are needed to accelerate progress in the three priority areas: 1) Implementation of the needs assessment and the functioning of the survivors and caregivers' needs; 2) providing a personalized adapted information about the diagnosis for the survivors and for carers, coordination of services from health care (in a clinical setting) to the desired location outside the clinic; 3) dissemination and implementation of new methods of care for patients and their support.
"Our investments in new and better treatments for cancer save many lives - says Dr. Catherine Alfano, author of the report -. Survivors of the patients have to cope with the new risks and ongoing symptoms, so the failure to invest in efforts to address long-term challenges facing them, does not correspond to the principles of ethics and morality Our goal -. to develop a strategy to be used by stakeholders to address the needs of survivors and caregivers, while minimizing the lack of suppliers and monitoring the health system costs. "