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National Report Says Cancer Care in America Needs an Overhaul

Cancer care in the United States is a system in crisis, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine that says urgent changes are needed to boost the quality of care and improve outcomes for people diagnosed with the disease. The report, prepared by an IOM committee chaired by Dr. Patricia Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health, attributes the crisis to the growing demand for cancer care among the aging baby boom generation, rapidly rising costs, a shrinking pool of cancer care professionals and dramatic changes in cancer therapies over the last decade that sometimes make it difficult to determine which patients should receive what treatment.