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How Patient-Centered Interventions Can Transform Cancer Care

The President is “supercharging” the 2016 Cancer Moonshot effort launched during the Obama administration. The supercharged Cancer Moonshot calls for cutting the cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years and aims to “improve the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer.”

When it comes to improving cancer outcomes, much attention is paid to investments in diagnostics, clinical research and novel therapies. However, an equal amount of focus should be given to ensuring more patients have access to the high-quality care and treatment options that already exist. It has been estimated that approximately 25% of deaths (around 130,000 Americans annually) occur because cancer patients do not have access to or are unable to take advantage of optimal evidence-based care that is available today.

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