Advancing Digital Innovation to Improve Equity and Reduce Financial Toxicity in Cancer Care and Research
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.
These deaths are inequitably distributed and those patients who do survive are 2.5 times more likely to declare bankruptcy than those without disease.
Cancer affects all population groups in the U.S. However, due to social, environmental, and economic disadvantages, certain groups bear a disproportionate burden of cancer compared with other groups. Digital innovation holds promise to minimize health access, outcome, and economic disparities associated with cancer but, right now, it is just that: a promise.
It’s time to break down the barriers to digital innovation use in oncology.
In order to deliver on the potential to improve the lives of all people with cancer, we must prioritize high-impact opportunities and insist on access, equity, and inclusion when developing and deploying digital solutions.
We’re here to do just that. The CancerX team is championing high-quality innovation in cancer, addressing methodological gaps where they exist, and defining best practices for successful and equitable implementation. By doing so, our work will provide the oncology field with a path forward for tapping into the promise of digital innovation across the full continuum of care.
The Complexity of Cancer
The global burden of cancer is set to increase by more than 60% by 2040 and the total cost of cancer to the global economy will reach 25.2 trillion international dollars by 2050.
Certain patient subgroups experience avoidable disparities in access to specialized cancer care, risk of financial toxicity, and in clinical outcomes following treatment.
Health systems, providers, and patients face the challenge of keeping up with the growing complexity of cancer care delivery, evolutions in the evidence base, and a shrinking cancer care workforce.
A diverse, multi-stakeholder team of leaders in cancer care, research, digital innovation, and regulatory science – alongside patient experts – are digging into the root causes of health inequity and financial toxicity in cancer. This work will help accelerate human-centered digital innovation to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing cancer patients, providers, and researchers.
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