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Cancer Treatment 

Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for more than 8 million deaths annually, and this number is projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13 million deaths in 2030. In the western world one out of three will get cancer during their lifetime, and more than one third of these patients will die from their disease. During the last decade, the 5 year survival has improved markedly for most cancers, and today there is more than 80 % chance of surviving breast, ovarian, prostate and colon cancer.

The most efficient treatment of cancer today is surgery, but often the tumor is localized to in-operable sites or has spread to distant sites called metastasis. Other treatment types includes radiotherapy, chemotherapy or therapeutic antibodies.

A major improvement in cancer treatment was seen with the development of new chemotherapeutic drugs like Alimta®, Eloxatin® and Xeloda®, and during the last decade also introduction of therapeutic antibodies like Avastin®, Erbitux® and Herceptin®. Another major factor contributing to the improved treatment is the combinatorial regimens applied today for almost all cancers, including combinations of chemotherapy, radiation, kinase inhibitors, biologics and immunotherapy.