The harsh reality facing people in LMICs who are diagnosed with prostate, colorectal and paediatric leukaemia cancers is that they will have to navigate a fragmented healthcare system. This is particularly true in Colombia, where a high percentage of the administrative burden is transferred to patients, there is little coordination between the different specialists they will be required to see, and a lack of standardisation inhibits the creation of integrated patient management systems. As a result, decisions about treatment are not always made by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).
Improve the quality and standardisation of cancer care
The best way to guarantee care and improve outcomes for patients with prostate and colorectal cancer and paediatric leukaemia is by setting up multidisciplinary work groups focused on delivering integrated care by implementing standardised management guidelines and treatment protocols. To this end, City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) and its partners are standardising and implementing management guidelines and treatment protocols for patients with these cancer types.
The new guidelines for prostate, colorectal cancer and paediatric leukaemia have been endorsed by the C/Can City Executive Committee. Cali’s health department is now raising awareness of these guidelines and continuing to monitor implementation, using patient tracing.
This alliance with City Cancer Challenge has obviously helped us to align the actors of the health system, both the ABS and the IPS and obviously the local authorities, trying to improve, articulate and work on several issues, mainly. The first action is around screening, timely diagnosis of cancer, timely initiation of treatment and, above all, improving technology to guarantee or improve patient survival. And in the same way, how we improve the articulation and information systems to help us control and supervise the whole plan.