Why Variability in Cancer Care Recommendations Means You Should Consider Second Opinions

July 24, 2014 3:47 PM

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Why Variability in Cancer Care Recommendations Means You Should Consider Second Opinions

We know there is a surge of interest in using electronic health records to help you get better health care, and also to help healthcare administrators evaluate decisions and outcomes of patients. The federal government will be using Big Data (accumulation of electronic records) to look for best ways of treating patients and how research advances are being implemented in practice. In cancer care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will be using electronic records to identify successful approaches to medical care (CancerLinQ, with over 170,000 breast cancer patient records accumulated so far).

In America, the 41 best cancer centers have been named, by the National Cancer Institute, as Comprehensive Cancer Centers. From that list, 25 centers have formed the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Each cancer patient's care has been helped by the NCCN organization. NCCN has developed ...

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