More than four decades ago, President Nixon declared a “War on Cancer.” At the time, there were 400 new cases for every 100,000 citizens and the National Institutes of Health estimated the five-year survival rate for all cancers at just 50% - a bleak outlook for patients. After forty years of research, education, and advocacy, the global community has made significant strides in cancer care, but the fight continues.
Today, overall cancer survival rates are much higher, but the number of people diagnosed with cancer continues to grow. Improvements in diagnosis, treatment, and understanding have boosted the five-year survival rate to almost 70%. While the number inspires optimism, we can’t stop fighting yet. In 2013, over 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer, and an average of 1,600 people per day will lose their lives. Again, we can’t stop fighting yet.
In 2012, Lilly Oncology recognized the need for a network dedicated to informing public policy changes to accelerate research and development, while improving patient care. The result was the Patient Access to Cancer Care Excellence (PACE) Network. At today’s “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific event” the newly-launched PACE-USA joined leaders in technology, science, and health to discuss topics from wireless health technologies to longevity research in cancer care.
The PACE Network commits itself to speeding up the public policy process to elevate the level of cancer care afforded to patients and their caregivers. We hope you’ll help join us in the fight.