Blood Cancer Taskforce unveils new optimal pathways for treatment and care

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The Blood Cancer Taskforce has released five new Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs), saying it marks a significant advancement for blood cancer treatment and care in Australia.

The OCPs describe optimal care for a particular type of cancer. They also help set the national standard of high-quality care for the 140,000 Australians currently living with blood cancer.

The five new OCPs will join the existing eight blood cancer OCPs, including six that were previously developed by the Blood Cancer Taskforce in 2022 - jointly led by the Australasian Leukaemia & Lymphoma Group and the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand - and two that were developed by the Cancer Council in 2021.

Chris Tanti, the co-chair of the Blood Cancer Taskforce and Leukaemia Foundation CEO, emphasised the importance of the OCPs and said that they are a vital blueprint for delivering the highest standard of care and treatment at every stage of a patient’s journey.

“The OCPs define the optimal care for someone diagnosed with a specific type of blood cancer and include a full OCP technical document specifically created for healthcare professionals,” said Mr Tanti.

“As well as assisting blood cancer specialists, the OCPs will also prove valuable for treating hospitals and GPs, ensuring they have access to the same information.

“The introduction of these new OCPs aim to reduce the variability in treatment and care across the country for each of these blood cancers, representing a milestone in the battle against blood cancer in Australia.

“We encourage healthcare professionals, along with patients and their loved ones, to access the OCPs to help them build an even better understanding of what the optimal care journey for a patient's particular type of blood cancer looks like.”

In addition to the technical document for healthcare professionals, the OCPs contain a short reference guide which acts as a companion document to the full optimal care pathway, and a guide specifically designed to help patients understand best cancer care.