Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

New Cancer Study Strategy to Focus on Patients' Age Groups

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

New Cancer Study Strategy to Focus on Patients' Age Groups

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A new 10-year government strategy on cancer studies will focus on the development of cancer treatment methods that better address the needs of different age groups, such as elderly people and young children.

An expert panel set up by the health ministry revealed on Monday a draft strategy, which shows the direction the nation's cancer studies should take.

The new strategy also includes a plan to strengthen studies to make findings from basic studies better utilized to develop new drugs for practical use.

The draft strategy is expected to be formalized soon by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry; the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry; and the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, officials said.

The first 10-year strategy on cancer studies was compiled in 1984, and the new one, to be implemented next fiscal year, will be the fourth of its kind.

In compiling the new draft strategy, the panel, which is chaired by Tomomitsu Hotta, president of the National Cancer Center, placed priority on such issues as increases in the number of elderly cancer patients and the "drug lag," in which approval of new drugs in Japan lags behind the United States and Europe.

In some cases, elderly patients whose physical strength has declined suffer serious problems from surgeries or treatment with anticancer drugs. Under the new strategy, treatment methods that impose less burden on patients' bodies and pain management will be a point of focus, rather than those aimed only at complete recovery or life prolongation. …

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