Dedicated Cancer Centers: Defining Comprehensive Care in a Rapidly Changing World
Today, there is significant progress being made in treating many forms of cancer, progress that is opening the doors to longer and better survival for millions of people facing cancer. This progress results from basic, translational, and clinical research programs that are providing remarkable new insight into what causes cancers to occur and how cancer cells grow and spread.
Comprehensive cancer care means using these new discoveries to offer people facing cancer the highest quality of care across the full range of medical and supportive care disciplines.
Comprehensive cancer care as it is delivered in Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers member institutions is:
Experts from all medical and supportive care disciplines work together as a team to develop optimal treatment plans for every patient
Every person and every cancer is different—and requires an individualized treatment plan
Comprehensive care means treating the person, not just the disease, providing emotional and physical support for the challenges that people facing cancer confront
The field of cancer treatment is evolving rapidly. Comprehensive care is, by definition, research based and involves active participation in clinical trials
- Fully accessible
Comprehensive care is available and accessible to all people facing cancer
- Evidence and outcomes based
Comprehensive cancer care is built on a strong foundation of available data and accountability