Outstanding progress has been made in cancer research, leading to advances in the way we screen, diagnose, treat and provide follow-up care for cancer patients. We are better, too, at organizing our health systems around the needs of patients via a standardized pathway approach.
The resources that countries have deployed to control cancer, particularly through the adoption of innovation and technology in acute care settings, are significant. Cancer care is responsible for 5–7 percent of healthcare costs in high-income countries, reaching approximately $290 billion per year in 2010. For many countries, cancer is one of the top three areas of healthcare spending.