Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight
This week in health care trends, our oncology patient advocacy spotlight includes the ways that men and women face cancer differently and a program that “prescribes” music to cancer patients.
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A new cancer trend report from ACCC has found that “cancer care facilities are providing more supportive services for patients, but payment for the services is not covering the expense.”
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is partnering with the creator of online radio service Pandora to “prescribe” music calculated to ease some of the symptoms of cancer.
A recent and somewhat controversial social media-based study has found that “men with prostate cancer were generally found to be analytical, methodical and data-driven in assessing their options. They sought out the latest scientific studies and outcomes research, and tended to obtain several doctors’ opinions. By contrast, women with breast cancer were typically distrustful of scientific data and even of their own physicians. Anxious that their cancer might return—and viewing any risk of recurrence, however small, as too great—many women favored aggressive treatment such as double mastectomy.”
ASCO is calling on Congress to facilitate greater sharing of clinical trial data and “help improve research and treatment by building upon current legislation and strengthening the interoperability of electronic health records.”
A recent survey of opinions about pharma has found that “the level of antagonism toward pharma in the U.S. is a surprise, especially considering how deep it goes.”
A HealthAffairs report of federal Medicaid services over time has found that “Congress has provided options and incentives for states to develop noninstitutional service care for nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries, most significantly through the Affordable Care Act (ACA); however, state progress in this area has been uneven, ranging from 25.5 percent of total LTSS spending in Mississippi to 78.9 percent in Oregon.”