The National Cancer Policy Summit: Opportunities and Challenges in Cancer Research and Care


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Technological advances are altering the way cancer research is conducted and care is delivered to cancer patients. Many targeted therapies are being developed to match the unique molecular changes in patients’ tumors.  In addition, cancer research increasingly is an international endeavor involving patients, researchers, and practitioners worldwide. At the same time, cancer research budgets are shrinking, and the cost of care is growing.

The National Cancer Policy Forum brought together leaders in the cancer community at the National Cancer Policy Summit on October 25, 2010, to identify and discuss these and other changes in research and care. The Summit featured presentations and discussions that explored emerging policy issues in cancer research, health care reform, cancer care delivery, public health needs, and cancer control. Participants suggested many potential actions to improve information technologies in health care; define new and financially sustainable models for cancer care; provide more patient-centered cancer care; and foster greater precompetitive collaboration. This document summarizes the workshop.