New drugs and treatment methods are continuously being developed for the treatment of diseases, such as cancer. Latest treatment methods are distributed via so-called medical treatment protocols. In a treatment protocol is shown how drugs should be dosed and how these are administered. Also, it is stated which diagnostics are performed and when. So through treatment protocols, therapy is captured in the smallest detail. There are protocols in which a lot of experience is gained, but also there are protocols available for new experimental treatments. These are often lengthy and complex medical treatments. The protocols will become documents that include many pages of text. These are often in the form of a PDF disseminated through the website.
In collaboration with several doctors who are very specialized, always new treatment protocols are developed. These are used for months to years. This development leads to new insights that can be implemented in the new version of the protocol. An older version is no longer usable.
Treatment protocols are often the responsibility of a professional organization (healthcare) made with the aim of improving the treatment of a particular disease. In addition, the pharmaceuticals develop various treatment protocols with new drugs.
A specific example of protocolled health care is the treatment of cancer. Treatment protocols are often used for this disease. On the one hand many people are diagnosed annually with a form of cancer. This is partly due to the aging of the population. On the other hand, survivors of cancer could be irradiated in the past, these former patients could be at an increased risk for second malignancy. So to summarize: there are more and more people who have cancer, thus more different treatment protocols available than before.