Few cancer patients in low and middle income countries (LMICs) receive a course of treatment that is decided by a multidisciplinary team (MDT) made up of diagnostic, treatment and care specialists.Some centres follow guidelines that put their treatments and procedures beyond the budget of the majority of hospitals, both public and private, while treatment protocols are rarely available to care centres which, as a result, fail to ensure the highest quality of cancer care to patients.
To improve quality through a multidisciplinary approach and standardised cancer care.
By providing evidence-based, resource-stratified recommendations to clinicians and policy-makers on managing invasive forms of cancer, such as breast and prostate. This empowers organisations to improve the way they work by implementing resource-appropriate clinical management guidelines on breast and prostate cancers, while focusing on capacity development within multidisciplinary team care practice.
The guidelines for prostate and breast cancer are a local effort to bring the best available management to Porto Alegre in a standardised and evidence based way. The process also included a Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course where more than 70 local healthcare providers and international experts, including ASCO´s Chief Medical Officer, discussed the value and need to socialise and implement the guidelines in the city.
Working with C/Can is an incredible opportunity for any city that really wants to change its approach to cancer care by putting patients front and centre and bringing stakeholders together.