Cancer Care in Low-Resource Areas: Cancer Treatment, Palliative Care, and Survivorship Care: Proceedings of a Workshop


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Though cancer was once considered to be a problem primarily in wealthy nations, low- and middle-income countries now bear a majority share of the global cancer burden. Disparities in cancer outcomes also exist in high-income countries—communities within wealthier nations can experience worse cancer outcomes, especially if they have challenges in accessing cancer prevention and cancer care services.

Recognizing the challenges of providing cancer care in resource constrained settings, the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine developed a two-workshop series examining cancer care in low-resource communities. The first workshop, held in 2015, focused on cancer prevention and early detection. The second workshop, held November 14-15, 2016, focused on the delivery of cancer treatment, palliative care, and survivorship care. This is a summary of the second workshop, which featured invited presentations and panel discussions on the challenges of providing cancer care in low-resource areas and potential strategies to improve cancer care in low- and middle-income countries and in low-resource areas in the United States.

The workshop rapporteurs have prepared this proceedings as a factual summation of the session discussions.