"Despite the growing advances in oncology treatment, there are still inequalities in health-care systems and access to optimal care," said ESMO President Håkan Mellstedt, MD, PhD. "Through this consensus statement, oncology health-care professionals have taken a step forward by identifying the basic components of access to quality care which are relevant to all cancer patients."
"ASCO and ESMO are dedicated to improving cancer care for the estimated 10 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year," said ASCO President Sandra J. Horning, MD. "This collaboration is a direct result of our shared commitment to providing global communities with a set of criteria for evaluating quality cancer care."
The consensus statement highlights the following goals for a quality cancer care system:
An international working group composed of volunteers from both ASCO and ESMO developed the consensus statement.
ASCO is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. ASCO's more than 20,000 members from the United States and abroad set the standard for patient care and lead the efforts to discover more effective cancer treatments, increase funding for clinical and translational research, and, ultimately, improve cancer care for the estimated 10 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year. ASCO publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the preeminent, peer-reviewed, medical journal on clinical cancer research, and produces People Living With Cancer (www.plwc.org), a comprehensive consumer website providing oncologist-vetted cancer information to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.
ESMO is Europe's leading professional society providing education and clinical guidelines for medical oncologists and other healthcare professionals, working to ensure optimal care for cancer patients. With a worldwide membership base, ESMO is represented in every European country and the major geographical areas of the world. Since its inception in 1975, ESMO has consistently promoted its belief that every cancer patient is entitled to the best possible treatment available. The use of medicine is now a fundamental aspect of cancer therapy and, consequently, cancer patients need to be treated by qualified medical oncologists. ESMO supports multidisciplinary oncology and through its flagship scientific journal, Annals of Oncology, publishes research results on all aspects of clinical oncology. Donations to the ESMO Foundation help support ESMO activities as well as cancer research. More information on the Society and its activities can be found at www.esmo.org.
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