When it comes to cancer treatment, time is of the essence. The faster you get a precise diagnosis and treatment, the better your chances are of having a successful treatment outcome. And there’s no doubt that one of the biggest obstacles in standard cancer treatment today is the time it takes for patients to get proper tests and treatments.
For instance, it can take months – and often longer – between the time a patient initially complains of a potentially cancer-related symptom to the time they get a proper diagnosis and access to treatment. During this waiting period, the cancer can progress, and early treatment options are missed entirely. Getting immediate access to proper tests and treatments is critical to optimizing your treatment outcome: the speed with which your treatment team acts can literally be the difference between life and death.
Studies show that wait times in standard cancer care are a problem all around the world, with lengths generally continuing to increase. As such, the United States, Canada, and Europe are being confronted with the consequences – and recognizing that in order to decrease wait times, an increase in resources (time and budget) is vital. Wait times are also a problem in the East, especially in countries with less economic resources. Studies show that "in Thailand, at a single center, wait times exceeding 8 weeks for surgery in early stage cervical cancer care leads to worse outcomes."
Suffice it to say, standard health care systems around the world – including, most egregiously, Canada and America – are failing patients with current wait times. And while small steps are being taken at a government level to rectify this, the problem will not be solved tomorrow. It might possibly not even be solved in the next 10 or 20 years.
In the meantime, private precision oncology services like CTOAM exist to provide you with the resources and tools necessary to access the most innovative tests and treatments for cancer, immediately. This means you can take full advantage of early treatment options that can prevent your cancer from spreading, as well as bypass any unnecessary treatment. With precision oncology, you will know that you are getting the best cancer care science has to offer.
If you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis and would like more information on accessing the best tests and treatments, please email or call us us today. Register for a Precision Second Opinion to discover how we can help you to reduce stress and dramatically increase treatment success.
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