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Cancer Supportive & Survivorship Care
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educational information to complement surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy and improve suvivorship.
The challenge is to control and hopefully cure cancer through newer and better therapies that will prevent or arrest the disease quickly so that survivors can minimize medical and social hazards. A cancer survivor is defined as one living from the time of diagnosis, throughout the remainder of his or her life with and beyond cancer.
Currently, there are over 1 million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year in the United States; by the year 2030 this number is expected to double. The National Cancer Institute (NIH) and American Cancer Society (ACS)currently projects that about 1/3 of women and 1/2 of men will have cancer in their lifetime. One in four people are expected to die from the disease.
At the same time, the survival rate is increasing, rising from 3 million survivors 15 years ago to over 10 million survivors in the year 2006. This rate will continue to increase as diagnosis, treatment and care advance. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be over 20 million survivors. Cancer has become a chronic disease.
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