While many cancer patients believe they are getting excellent care and support, Wamberg Genomic Advisors’ survey results of 204 American cancer patients and their non-professional family / friend advocates indicate that we are not providing all people diagnosed with cancer fast access to the most effective treatments, including professional support and guidance from diagnosis through treatment.
The survey reports results of cancer patients’ responses regarding comprehensive cancer care in three areas:
1. Finding a treatment/solution (diagnosis): Almost half (47 percent) of individuals dealing directly with cancer said there was “no knowledgeable advocate to help” in finding an effective treatment / solution for cancer.
2. Disease management: Respondents wished there was more personalized support in managing the disease with 35 percent wishing another cancer expert was there as an advocate, and 36 percent wanting better support in understanding long-term side effects of the treatment.
3. Support after surgery/chemotherapy/radiation: Seventy percent (70 percent) of the respondents were cases that required surgery and 47 percent underwent radiation and/or chemotherapy treatments.
The survey underscores the challenges that patients and their families face navigating the U.S. complex health-care system from diagnosis to finding a treatment.