Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patients with Some Cancers Live Six Times Longer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patients with Some Cancers Live Six Times Longer

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Byline: Peter Dominiczak

PATIENTS with cancer are living nearly six times longer than they did 40 years ago, figures revealed today.

New research by Macmillan Cancer Support showed that people suffering from diseases such as colon cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma now have hugely improved survival times.

But the charity today criticised the "woeful" lack of progress for some types of the disease, including lung and stomach cancer.

Today's figures show an improvement in the overall median cancer survival time from one year in 1971 to almost six years today.

Six of the 20 cancers looked at now have median survival times of more than 10 years. The biggest improvement is for colon cancer, with patients living up to 17 times longer than they did 40 years ago.

But the research shows that for nine cancers the survival time is still three years or under.

And it reveals that there has been "lamentably poor progress" in survival times for lung, brain and pancreatic cancers. …

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