Bucking Overall Trends, Death Rates for Lung, Pancreas Cancer Remain High

University of Wisconsin| Mon May 15 16:16:29 EDT 2017
Bucking Overall Trends, Death Rates for Lung, Pancreas Cancer Remain High

Noelle LoConte, MD, associate professor (CHS), Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss a new report from the National Cancer Institute that shows overall cancer death rates have decreased across the United States over the past four decades, but lung and pancreatic cancers remain harder to treat. 

Whereas the five-year survival rate for people in Wisconsin with prostate cancer was about 97 percent, the rate for lung cancer was below 20 percent and pancreatic cancer was approximately 10 percent, according to the report. 

"If you look at funding, breast cancer is very well funded and we've made really amazing improvement in breast cancer treatment," said Dr. LoConte. "[For] lung cancer, pancreas cancer, we're about where breast cancer was in the 1940s or '50s as far as funding [is concerned]

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