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Optimal Cancer Care Pathways

24 October 2016

The Department of Health has released information on 15 tumour specific Optimal Cancer Care Pathways (OCPs) that have been endorsed through the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Health Council and are being implemented nationally. The OCPs have also been endorsed by the Cancer Council and the Cancer Council Australia.
OCPs are national guides to promote the best cancer care for specific tumour types and are designed to promote a full understanding of the patient journey in order to foster quality cancer care from the point of diagnosis, and each pathway identifies specific points and recommended care at each stage.
Both detailed and quick reference guides have been developed for health professionals, as well as patient ‘what to expect’ guides to help patients and their carers understand the cancer care pathway and what to expect at each stage. The Department of Health is encouraging health professionals to support the adoption of these pathways, where possible.
 



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