Can­cer Australia launches Lung Can­cer Frame­work

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Regulatory News -

Can­cer Australia has launched a Frame­work to im­prove the out­comes and ex­pe­ri­ences of peo­ple af­fected by lung can­cer – the lead­ing cause of can­cer death in Australia. The util­ity of the Frame­work as a na­tional re­source is the in­clu­sion of strate­gies, tools and re­sources to sup­port health pro­fes­sion­als, ser­vice providers and pol­icy mak­ers.

The Frame­work is the re­sult of a four-year col­lab­o­ra­tive process in­volv­ing can­cer spe­cial­ists and other health pro­fes­sion­als, health ser­vice providers and con­sumers across Australia.

The five key Prin­ci­ples for im­prov­ing lung can­cer out­comes have been well es­tab­lished: pa­tient-cen­tered care; timely ac­cess to ev­i­dence-based path­ways of care; mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary care; co-or­di­na­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­ti­nu­ity of care; and data-driven im­prove­ments.

The chal­lenge re­mains to de­velop ways of ap­ply­ing these Prin­ci­ples in the clinical set­ting, whether in hos­pi­tals or GP prac­tices in ma­jor cities, re­gional cen­ters or smaller towns, to im­prove out­comes for peo­ple with lung can­cer.

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