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My Journey: Breast Cancer Network Australia’s online tool to support people with breast cancer
While breast cancer diagnoses in Australia are increasing, the mortality rate has declined following improvements in screening, diagnosis and treatment. The information needs for people with breast cancer are likely to increase as many are diagnosed at a younger age, have a range of treatments to choose from and have to navigate survivorship. In 2019, Breast Cancer Network Australia launched the My Journey online tool to provide tailored information to people with breast cancer, using demographic, diagnostic and treatment data, which is updated and amended as they progress through their care pathway.
Rapid responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
The importance of efficiency has become more evident than ever following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As healthcare systems adapt and restructure to manage the crisis, we must focus on using resources efficiently and effectively to support the fight against COVID-19, minimise the impact of the pandemic on cancer services and patient outcomes, and protect people with cancer, their families and carers from infection. The All.Can efficiency hub hopes to contribute to these efforts by sharing innovative examples of how cancer care is adapting in response to COVID-19.
Observation units: an alternative to hospital admission for people with cancer
Emergency care departments are typically designed to care for people for up to six hours. However, some people cannot be safely discharged within that timeframe. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center set up an observation unit to enable an additional 24 to 48 hours of observational care before hospital admission.
Supportive care services: support beyond active treatment for people with cancer in Italy
Models of cancer care that focus solely on active treatment leave people with cancer unsupported for a large part of their care pathway. Two centres in Italy set up supportive care services to address this issue.
The EPIC project: empowering pharmacists to improve adherence to oral anticancer agents
The European Society of Oncology Pharmacy launched the Empowering Pharmacists to Improve Healthcare for Oral Chemotherapy Patients (EPIC) project to establish a European best-practice model for pharmacists dispensing oral anticancer agents.
The ‘right to be forgotten’: improving access to loans and insurance for cancer survivors
France introduced the ‘right to be forgotten’ law, which states that some cancer survivors are exempt from disclosing their history of cancer to insurers. The ‘right to be forgotten’ aims to reduce the socioeconomic burden on cancer survivors by improving their access to loans and insurance.
Eurocarers cancer toolkit: supporting informal carers for people with cancer
Eurocarers has created an essential care and cancer toolkit to educate carers about cancer, help carers come to terms with their situation and encourage them to evaluate their needs and seek help. The toolkit is based on research and input from carers, people with cancer and healthcare professionals across the European Union.
The ESMO Patient Guide on Survivorship: support after primary treatment of cancer
To help address the needs of cancer survivors, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) developed the Patient Guide on Survivorship. It is directed at survivors and can be used by carers, family, and friends of people who have or previously had cancer, as well as healthcare professionals.
The Swedish Cancer Registers: using population-based data to monitor and improve cancer control
Sweden was one of the first countries to implement a government-funded national cancer register – a centralised database that collects healthcare information about all people diagnosed with cancer.