Hensley Evans and Rachael Pius co-wrote this article with Mimi Traylor-Knowles
Cancer treatment options have never been better. Scientific advances continue to improve the effectiveness of treatment. Oral therapies and home infusion options will allow patients to spend more time at home with family and friends, and less time in a doctor’s office or hospital. Overall survival is increasing across many different tumor types—in some cases, quite dramatically. Because more patients are living longer and with a higher quality, the healthcare industry needs a mindset shift, a transition from supporting people with an acute condition to partnering with people who are managing a chronic disease. As organizations begin to recognize and act on this need, they’re redesigning the care experience—sometimes in direct partnership with patients and advocates—to give patients a seat at the table.
Here’s a look at the kinds of patient services that are being offered within oncology today. We also discuss the importance of these services to patients, and the ability of pharmaceutical companies to differentiate their offerings and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes.