Project Innovation: Putting the Patient at the Heart of Cancer Care

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A Patient's Journey

Person-Centered Care

Person-Centered Care

The patient should always be at the center of cancer care, with individual treatment goals and preferences driving decisions between the provider and patient. Treatment decisions can involve discussions about clinical trials, personalized therapy, standard treatment, clinical pathways, and insurance coverage. But they also extend into medical billing and costs of care, health equity, and awareness of patient rights. For more information on person-centered care and opportunities to build skills in shared decision making visit the National Patient Advocate Foundation website.

The Caregiver’s Role

The Caregiver’s Role

Caregivers, often family or friends, play important and often overlooked roles in health care decision making. They are frequently the ones that search for information, provide a crucial set of ears and eyes at doctor's appointments, handle financial and logistical issues—and provide emotional support for the patient. For more information and resources about the caregiver's role, visit Patient Advocate Foundation or Cancer Care.

Clinical Pathways

Innovative Therapies

We've achieved great strides against cancer, but there is progress to make. The impact of innovative therapies is evident all around us—in our friends, family members, and loved ones who are cancer fighters and survivors. Just consider this statistic: the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. increased five-fold from 1971 to 2016 alone, jumping from 3 million to 15.5 million. Yet even with the progress research has powered, the cancer incidence remains high—nearly 40% of men and women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Only continued investment in innovation can ensure future cancer treatment breakthroughs.

Patient Stories

Patient Stories

Listening to the experiences of patients and caregivers is one of the best ways to learn about the true impact of medical innovation on the lives of real people. We encourage all individuals who have benefited from an innovative therapy—either themselves or a loved one—to share their stories about the importance of caner innovation.

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Future Innovation

Roadmap to Consumer Clarity

Roadmap to Consumer Clarity

Innovation often comes in a research lab or under the care of a clinician and is critical to developing new, improved therapies to treat cancer patients. But innovation is also being made in how treatments are being delivered to patients, how data is used to inform care and patient preferences, and in shared decision making. National Patient Advocate Foundation has published The Roadmap to Consumer Clarity in Health Care Decision Making, which proposes actionable models to drive person-centered care at key decision points for people facing or living with serious illnesses. To learn more, visit the National Patient Advocate Foundation website.

Best Practices in Shared Decision Making

Best Practices in Shared Decision Making

We created an infographic that breaks down the best practices of shared decision making to help patients and caregivers better understand the process.

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Medical Milestones

Medical Milestones

Innovation has driven new options in cancer care. To understand how far we have come and what is in store as cancer innovation accelerates, let's look back at the medical milestones that have changed the face of cancer and are spurring new breakthroughs for the future.

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