Delayed cancer diagnosis due to breakdowns in the cancer screening process. Incomplete information on benefits and harms provided to patients making treatment decisions. Poor communication and coordination between specialists involved in cancer care. Diminished adherence to oral medication due to patient cost. Inadequate monitoring of cancer survivors for cancer recurrence. Lack of attention to caregiver needs. Disparities in cancer care due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, rural residence, education, and income. Purchase and promotion of new and costly, but unproven, technologies by medical facilities. Shifting reimbursement strategies. Minimal integration of patient-reported outcomes into clinical care. Failure to communicate and act on advance directives. Continued increases in the societal costs of cancer care.
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