Recommendations to coordinate and improve cancer survivors’ care
I am interested to see the following recommendations in this report.
1. Improve methods for delivering long-term follow-up care
Few studies adequately analyze the best ways to evaluate and monitor side effects and long-term effects of cancer treatments, and the researchers say more data is needed to evaluate the most cost-effective strategy for keeping cancer survivors healthy.
2. Collect long-term clinical, psychosocial, and behavioral data from adult cancer survivors
In order to find the most effective ways to care for patients, more data is needed to identify best practices.
3. Exploit electronic health care records and other technologies to coordinate and improve survivors’ care
With the growth in electronic medical records (EMR) and personal health records, researchers can begin to capture important biological and self-reported data in real-time, and determine if acting on patterns and trends in these records can improve care.
4. Improve palliative care
Research has shown that addressing pain, discomfort and other cancer-related symptoms with interventions such as massage, group therapy sessions and meditation, can improve quality of life and lower health care costs of cancer patients.