Speakers discussed the following challenges that the cancer careforce may face:
Due to population growth and the aging of the U.S. population, more people are being diagnosed with cancer, even as the age-adjusted mortality rate from cancer is declining.2 The number of patients diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States is predicted to rise from 1.8 million in 2019 to 2.3 million in 2035.3 The number of cancer survivors is also expected to rise, from 15.5 million in 2016 to 20.3 million in 2026.4
Several speakers highlighted the uneven nationwide distribution of oncology clinicians and cancer care facilities.
Speakers described a number of factors that contribute to increasing complexity in cancer care, such as:
Several speakers discussed the relationship between clinician burnout and the use of electronic health records, particularly the time required for documentation and identifying the relevant information for patient care.
Speakers discussed the important role of family caregivers as members of the oncology careforce. Family caregivers often face a number of stressors and challenges, including a lack of training, fragmentation of care, not feeling valued and included in the care team, as well as economic and health burdens.
Workshop participants discussed potential strategies to improve cancer care delivery and better support the cancer careforce.
Promoting patient-centered care and including family caregivers on the oncology care team
Improving partnerships among specialties and promoting multidisciplinary teams
Leveraging organizational culture and leadership to promote clinician well-being
Improving the design and usability of electronic health records (EHRs) to reduce administrative burdens
Using innovative technologies, tools, and strategies to support the cancer careforce
Implementing innovative payment models to improve care quality and reduce careforce burden
Improving careforce education, training, accreditation, and licensure
 AACR (American Association for Cancer Research). 2018. AACR cancer progress report. https://www.cancerprogressreport.org/Pages/default.aspx (accessed May 16, 2019).
 ACS (American Cancer Society). 2016. Cancer treatment and survivorship facts and figures 2016-2017. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/cancer-treatment-and-survivorship-facts-and-figures/cancer-treatment-and-survivorship-facts-and-figures-2016-2017.pdf