publication date: Jul. 5, 2019
Another Moonshot? HHS should create an independent agency to manage cancer control in the U.S., NASEM recommends
By Claire Dietz & Matthew Bin Han Ong
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has proposed that HHS form an independent agency or consortium to direct a national strategy for cancer control in the United States.
The NASEM report, “Guiding Cancer Control: A Path to Transformation,” was sponsored by NCI, the American Cancer Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report, published June 27, is available here.
The report proposes that U.S. federal agencies and other stakeholders deploy “complex adaptive systems” to redefine the way cancer control is done.
The vast majority of WHO member countries have established high-level guidance systems for cancer control. However, the U.S. relies on a complicated, interconnected network of independent agents and has no hierarchical command structure or central decision-making body, NASEM concludes.
“The idea is that, right now, the cancer control system that we have isn’t as coordinated or integrated as it could be,” said Ashleigh Guadagnolo, chief of the Sarcoma/Melanoma Radiation Oncology Section, and a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Department of Health Services Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. “The takeaway message of the report is that cancer control is not an easy problem to solve, and that the frame from which to view it needs to be one of a complex adaptive system.”
Guadagnolo is one of 16 NASEM committee members who developed the report.
“Cancer control, across the spectrum, is a very complex problem. It has multiple layers of individuals involved; many different activities,” Guadagnolo said … Continue reading Another Moonshot? HHS should create an independent agency to manage cancer control in the U.S., NASEM recommends
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