Treatment and Care
Multidisciplinary care forms a cornerstone for cancer control, and access to essential surgery, radiotherapy, and essential medicines - both curative and palliative - are critical components that need to be addressed as part of cancer care across all resource settings.
Cancer is composed of a complex set of heterogeneous diseases with the appropriate treatment of most cancers requiring a multi-faceted approach that spans the entire cancer continuum, including:
- Diagnostic technologies for accurate diagnosis and treatment
- Safe and effective cancer surgery
- Safe administration of effective, quality and affordable medicines
- Radiation therapy for treatment and symptom control
- Palliative care and relief of symptoms and suffering
A number of exciting and important publications which make the case for returns on investment in cancer control, namely the recently updated WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (WHO EML) and the Lancet Oncology Commissions on Radiotherapy and Global Cancer Surgery launched in partnership with UICC, were released in 2015. Together, these successes create a strong basis for investing in multidisciplinary care, dispelling the common myth and demonstrating that provision of effective cancer services across the continuum of care is feasible and affordable across all resource settings.
UICC will be using these materials to engage with policy makers to improve understanding that national solutions are possible even with scare resources, encouraging development of implementation plans in each of the critical components of a multidisciplinary approach. UICC therefore advocates for priority actions to achieve the following World Cancer Declaration targets: