“Patient outcomes are greatly affected by racial, cultural, and socioeconomic background and access to equivalent care. At a time when health-care policy is a political target, we must make sure these issues are considered as integral components.”
Advances in cancer care must be matched by provision of high-quality care to patients in need. In the USA, and worldwide, costs of cancer care are high and increasing, and this threatens access to care and the potential for all patients to achieve the best possible outcome.
Research is needed to better understand the current status of cancer care delivery, the impact of costs of care, and the disparities in access and outcome.
Innovations both in the clinic and in policy could improve access to high-quality care while ensuring that such care is financially sustainable for the individual patient and for society.