Patients with cancer today are doing better than they
ever have been in the past. Survival rates are higher; and
survival time is longer for most cancers. The drugs and
treatment are getting more effective with less toxicity.
Supportive care is also getting better. So, patients are not just
surviving longer but also living better with good quality of
life. Through effective preventive measures and screening
programmes, some cancers have even seen a reduction in
incidence (for example, smoking-related lung cancer and
hepatitis-related hepatocellular carcinoma). Indeed, cancer
is no longer a death sentence for most, and some declare
that it is the new chronic disease.
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