Cancer Care for the Developing World

February 02, 2015

Map of Rwanda

Access to life-saving advances in treating adult and childhood cancer remains elusive in low- and middle-income countries, where the majority of cancer patients reside today, Dana-Farber Chief of Staff Lawrence Shulman, MD, writes in Project Syndicate. In the United States, more than 80% of patients with breast cancer are long-term survivors, and more than 80% of cancer-stricken children survive. "It was not until I began working in Rwanda in 2011 that I fully grasped the power of the tools at my disposal, by witnessing the impact of their absence."

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