Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight
This week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight includes: the CDC’s new guideline urging a reduction in opiate prescription for chronic pain and ASCO’s State of Cancer Care in America report for 2016.
Recently the CDC released a guideline urging doctors to avoid prescribing opiates, which can become addictive quickly, because “the risks… far outweigh the benefits for most patients with long-term pain, except for those receiving cancer treatment or end-of-life care.” Despite the CDC’s caveat about end-of-life care (and the fact that the guidelines are not legally binding), some oncology stakeholders spoke out, saying that “often, cancer patients deal with lasting effects from their disease or treatment including pain for a significant period of time or indefinitely.” You can read more about the guideline at the CDC’s website.
ASCO recently released their State of Cancer Care in America report for 2016, which examines the ups and downs of cancer care in 2015, including “Declining mortality rates, growing numbers of survivors, and exciting progress in treatment… set against the backdrop of increasingly unsustainable costs and a volatile practice environment.”
This article argues that “medical technology and innovation have the power to improve both quality of care and the overall patient journey, while simultaneously supporting cost savings and reducing overall disease burden on the healthcare system” and takes a look specifically at palliative care.
This article argues that virtual cancer support groups can give cancer patients an opportunity to “share stories, get answers about treatment, display solidarity and celebrate good news” — all online via social networks or specific support network programs.
The articles above are from our dedicated Cancer Supportive Care e-magazine. You can follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)