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Identifying critical steps towards improved access to innovation in cancer care: a European CanCer Organisation position paper

Aapro, Matti, Astier, Alain, Audisio, Riccardo, Banks, Ian, Bedossa, Pierre, Brain, Etienne, Cameron, David, Casali, Paolo, Chiti, Arturo, De Mattos-Arruda, Leticia, Kelly, Daniel, Lacombe, Denis, Nilsson, Per J., Piccart, Martine, Poortmans, Philip, Riklund, Katrine, Saeter, Gunnar, Schrappe, Martin, Soffietti, Riccardo, Travado, Luzia, van Poppel, Hein, Wait, Suzanne and Naredi, Peter 2017. Identifying critical steps towards improved access to innovation in cancer care: a European CanCer Organisation position paper. European Journal of Cancer 82 , pp. 193-202. 10.1016/j.ejca.2017.04.014

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Abstract

In recent decades cancer care has seen improvements in the speed and accuracy of diagnostic procedures; the effectiveness of surgery, radiation therapy and medical treatments; the power of information technology; and the development of multidisciplinary, specialist-led approaches to care. Such innovations are essential if we are to continue improving the lives of cancer patients across Europe despite financial pressures on our healthcare systems. Investment in innovation must be balanced with the need to ensure the sustainability of healthcare budgets, and all health professionals have a responsibility to help achieve this balance. It requires scrutiny of the way care is delivered; we must be ready to discontinue practices or interventions that are inefficient, and prioritise innovations that may deliver the best outcomes possible for patients within the limits of available resources. Decisions on innovations should take into account their long-term impact on patient outcomes and costs, not just their immediate costs. Adopting a culture of innovation requires a multidisciplinary team approach, with the patient at the centre and an integral part of the team. It must take a whole-system and whole-patient perspective on cancer care and be guided by high-quality real-world data, including outcomes relevant to the patient and actual costs of care; this accurately reflects the impact of any innovation in clinical practice. The European CanCer Organisation is committed to working with its member societies, patient organisations and the cancer community at large to find sustainable ways to identify and integrate the most meaningful innovations into all aspects of cancer care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0959-8049
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 3 April 2017
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 14:54
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104463

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