Dr Debra Patt Acknowledges Progress Made Against Cancer

One of the important findings from the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s report is that cancer mortality has gone down, said Debra Patt, MD, MPH, MBA, director of public policy at Texas Oncology.

One of the important findings from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s report is that cancer mortality has gone down, said Debra Patt, MD, MPH, MBA, director of public policy at Texas Oncology.

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What were some of the key findings from ASCO’s annual report on the state of cancer care in the United States?

Well, I think one of the most important things that we recognize today is that while we’re seeing more cancer, cancer mortality continues to go down. So one of the findings in the report was that cancer mortality, in fact, has gone down by 1.5% per year for the last decade. I think that’s representative of progress: progress in screening and early detection, progress in more effective immediate therapies, progress in long-term therapies, and even in patients with incurable illness that they live longer. Those are great successes.