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Experts Weigh in on Controversial Issue of Determining Value of Cancer Care at NCCN Conference
Date:3/16/2009

th care if the value issue is not addressed.

The audience asked several questions of the panel. One audience member petitioned for the development of guidelines to assist in end-of-life care; Dr. Edge noted that all of the NCCN Guidelines panels struggle with this issue because end-of-life care is highly individualized.

To conclude, Dr. Goodman asked the panel members how current economic conditions will affect the value the health care system places on a year of life. Although the answers varied, all panelists thought the value issue will continue to be at the forefront of debate.

Dr. Edge summed up the discussion by stating, "It's going to force us to go back to basics."

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives.

The NCCN Member Institutions are: City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA; Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA; Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, Durham, NC; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Huntsman Cancer Institute at
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