ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local cancer researcher says the United States is facing a crisis in how to deliver cancer care in the coming decade as baby boomers reach their tumor-prone years and doctors have a tough time keeping up with complex new treatments.
Siteman Cancer Center Director Dr. Timothy Eberlein helped write a new national report on these cancer concerns, titled “Delivering High Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis.”
One of the key recommendations, he says, is making sure all cancer care focuses on what is in the best interest of the patient.
“And is the patient going to derive full benefits from the intervention that is proposed? What is the cost and what is the side-effect and is it going to be impactful in a meaningful way in this particular patient,” he explains.
By 2030, new cancer diagnoses are expected to reach 2.3 million a year as the population ages. Eberlein’s report warns there may not be enough oncologists to care for them.