Frequency of Cancer Recurrence in Cancer Survivors

by Julia Samuel on  November 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM Cancer News
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A prior cancer history was common in a quarter of adults 65 or older and 11 percent of younger patients diagnosed with cancer from 2009 to 2013.
Frequency of Cancer Recurrence in Cancer Survivors
Frequency of Cancer Recurrence in Cancer Survivors

Why The Research Is Interesting: The number of cancer survivors in the United States is growing and is estimated to reach 26 million by 2040. Understanding how common a subsequent cancer is among patients with a history of cancer is important for understanding ongoing or new cancer risk in survivors.

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Who and When: 740,990 people diagnosed with new cancer from 2009 through 2013.

What (Study Measures): Prior cancer among people diagnosed with a new cancer.

How (Study Design): This is an observational study. Because researchers are not intervening for purposes of the study they cannot control natural differences that could explain study findings.

Results: The frequency of prior cancer among patients diagnosed with new cancer ranged from 3.5 percent to 36.9 percent and most prior cancers were diagnosed in a different cancer site.

 Patients diagnosed with new cancer who have a history of cancer may be excluded from clinical trials and underrepresented in research. Understanding the impact of prior cancer is important to improve research, disease outcomes and patient experience.

Source: Eurekalert

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