War on Cancer – A patient’s journey The HAC, London, UK
In the two years since the launch of our War on Cancer series, our discussions have taken us to a place of cautious optimism about the future. We have explored how advances in diagnostics, therapy and information technology hold the potential to transform the outlook for people living with cancer. At the same time, we have interrogated the structures of our healthcare systems, and how the economics of healthcare, its incentives and its policies, can act as a barrier to optimal care.
About the summit:
So what are the goals of the global War on Cancer? Our aim, is not simply to wage war against cancer, but to improve care for cancer patients.
- What constitutes optimal care in an era of complex care, where cancer may be curable or transformed into a chronic disease?
- Whether the disease is curable or not, cancer leaves a legacy for patients, carers and broader society: disability, impaired quality of life, symptom control, stigma, psychological trauma, productivity and employment loss can have a profound impact.
- What are patients’ needs?
- How well are these being met?
- How can this be improved?
- And, most critically, what will improve the patient journey, now and in the future?
War on Cancer London 2017 will bring together providers, industry representatives, employers and policymakers for a patient-led discussion. If the “war on cancer” is to be won, patients first need to define what victory looks like.
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