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The Hill: In War on Cancer, Patients at Risk of Becoming Commoditized

September 29, 2014
Ted Okon, executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance, highlights the significant progress the medical community has made in the war on cancer but stresses the importance of access to care to improve and lengthen patients' lives.

"More Americans with cancer face longer life expectancies as a result of increased awareness among at-risk populations, better preventative care, early screenings, and new therapies," writes Okon. "However, despite significant progress in the war on cancer, unnecessary access barriers to quality cancer care permeate the system."

Okon cites location as one of the main barriers as many Americans live in rural communities and must travel hundreds of miles to seek cancer care, and cost as another barrier, particularly for low-income patients. Okon points to the consolidation of care and 340B drug discount program as factors responsible for higher costs.

Read the full op-ed here.