The patient perspective is too often forgotten in considerations of how cancer care can be improved. The All.Can patient survey gave us a unique opportunity to ask this question directly to those who have had personal experience of cancer.
Almost 4,000 cancer patients and caregivers from more than 10 countries across the world responded to the survey to share their experiences. While most reported that their needs were sufficiently addressed during their care, they highlighted some specific areas where they encountered inefficiency.
We have identified four key opportunities for improvement based on the responses to the survey:
- Ensure swift, accurate and appropriately delivered diagnosis
- Improve information-sharing, support and shared decision-making
- Make integrated multidisciplinary care a reality for all patients
- Address the financial impact of cancer