Published March 17, 2015
In 2014, the United States made significant progress in cancer care as demonstrated by improvement in the 5-year cancer survival rate for many cancer types and a record 14.5 million cancer survivors, as well as by the availability of 10 new drugs and several new tests for the diagnosis, treatment, or management of cancer. At the same time, a growing demand for cancer services, turbulence in the cancer care delivery system, and growing concerns about cost of care are creating uncertainties about the capacity of the system to continue to provide high-quality care for all patients with cancer. These factors have focused attention on the need for better definitions of value and meaningful ways to assess quality. In this second annual State of Cancer Care in America report, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) chronicles the challenges currently facing the US cancer care system. The report provides background and context to help understand what is happening today in cancer care and describes trends in the cancer care workforce and diverse practice environment that may affect cancer care in the coming years. Read more in ASCO’s 2015 State of Cancer Care in America Report or in ASCO Connection, Second Annual State of Cancer Care in America Report Documents Widespread Disturbance in Oncology Practices.