he March 2018 Association of Community Cancer Center’s (ACCC) 44th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit focused in part on the impact of social determinants on healthcare. These environmental factors can have a profound impact on care and treatment outcomes, especially for patients with malignancies, where the costs of care can be approximately two to six times higher. Distance or difficulties in accessing care can significantly impact some patients, especially those in rural or remote areas or those who simply lack access to adequate transportation.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology has found that one in five oncologists in the U.S. is nearing retirement age, and other recent studies suggest that the country will experience a shortage of as many as 3,800 oncologists by 2020. Exacerbating this situation are an aging population and an increasing number of cancer survivors, which means the need for oncology services is growing significantly at the same time the number of providers is declining.