Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care

Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States receive a cancer diagnosis each year, and this number is projected to grow as the population ages.



While the past decade has marked significant advancements in cancer treatment, many cancer patients still do not receive timely, patient-centered care. Additionally, cancer care is often fragmented and poorly coordinated.

In its landmark 2013 publication, Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) highlighted important gaps in the delivery of cancer care in the United States. In particular, the IOM underscored the need to strengthen patient-centered care and reduce disparities in care for underserved and vulnerable populations.


In response to these needs, our company’s Foundation launched the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care (the Alliance) to increase timely access to patient-centered care and to reduce disparities in cancer care for vulnerable and underserved populations in the United States. The Foundation has committed $15 million over five years (2017–2021) to support the Alliance and its program partners in selected communities across the country. The Alliance aims to:

  • Promote evidence-based, multifaceted interventions that:
    • Improve care coordination and integration
    • Enhance patient-provider communication
    • Empower patients to actively engage in their health care and treatment planning
    • Offer psychosocial support and other support services
  • Reduce disparities in access to high-quality cancer care for vulnerable and underserved populations
  • Improve patients’ satisfaction with their care and quality of life
  • Build sustainable community partnerships that advance patient-centered cancer care
  • Identify and disseminate best practices in patient-centered cancer care


Through grants to six organizations, our company’s Foundation is supporting evidence-based, multifaceted programs to promote sustainable improvements in the delivery of cancer care. The program sites are:

The University of Michigan’s School of Nursing (Ann Arbor, Michigan) is serving as the Alliance’s National Program Office.


The Alliance programs will:

  • Strengthen patient-centered cancer care by implementing interventions in three critical areas: (1) coordination of cancer care and its integration with primary care and other specialty care; (2) patient-provider communication and patient engagement in care; and (3) psychosocial care and other supportive care
  • Implement cross-cutting interventions that address multiple cancer types
  • Integrate components at different levels of the health care ecosystem: (1) patient; (2) health care provider / health care team; (3) health care system
  • Collaborate with community partners to foster sustainable programs to improve the delivery of cancer care

The Foundation will assess the impact of the Alliance and its programs through an independent cross-site evaluation. The evaluation findings and program results will be widely disseminated to help advance patient-centered cancer care in the United States.