Cancer patients need better preparation to access good quality care in a crisis

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 21 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7932
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

More needs to be done to improve the care given to patients with cancer who become acutely ill, a new report concludes.

A joint working party of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Radiologists said that cancer patients who became unexpectedly unwell too often received fragmented care.1 Often they were not told what to expect in terms of their illness and did not know whom to contact when their condition worsened and they needed medical attention. If they did need to be admitted to hospital, they were often seen by several healthcare professionals in many medical specialties and were often given confusing …

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