Cancer

A cancer diagnosis has a ripple effect from the person diagnosed throughout their network of family and friends. 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately for many, breakthroughs in research are leading to better outcomes. Continued education about early detection and prevention will also help to save lives.

You can help by spreading the word! Learn more about cancer and how to prevent it below. Statistics related to the burden of cancer and value of medical innovartion, such as immuno-oncology, can be found by visiting The Silver Book

Related Pages

The Silver Book®: Cancer Press Kit

Date: May 19th, 2015

This is the press kit page for the new The Silver Book®: Cancer volume and factsheet.

Related Topics: Cancer / Silver Book

Press Room

Find Stats on Chronic Diseases of Aging and Medical Innovation at Newly Designed Silver Book® Site

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 10th, 2015

Site Includes Data on Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Vision Loss, and More


Cancer’s Effects Felt Most by Older Adults, But Innovation Offers Hope

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 21st, 2015

Alliance for Aging Research Releases New Silver Book® Volume on Cancer’s Impact and the Promise of Advances in Research


New Volume on Cancer’s Impact and Advances in Its Research to Be Introduced at Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 18th, 2015

The Silver Book®: Cancer volume and factsheet debuts at a Capitol Hill briefing.


Growing Burden of Persistent Pain Calls for More Medical Innovation

Date: February 20th, 2013

Today, the Alliance for Aging Research released a new volume of The Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation on persistent pain.


Experts Highlight the Promise of Medical Research

Date: October 11th, 2006

A panel of experts gathered on Capitol Hill to address the growing burden of chronic disease in an aging nation and the promise of medical research and innovation.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Cancer


Public Doesn't Realize How Vulnerable Seniors are to Chronic Diseases

Date: March 30th, 2006

Alliance for Aging Research almanac underscores human and economic impact of chronic diseases on our aging nation.


Caregivers Can Impact Disease Outcomes for Colon Cancer Patients

Date: November 14th, 2005

Actor Miguel Ferrer and the Alliance for Aging Research join forces to educate about the important role of caregivers.

Publications




Presentation

Pharmaceutical Innovation and Cancer Survival

Author: Frank R. Lichtenberg

Date: 2006

At the first of four briefings looking at the growing burden of chronic disease and the promise of innovation, Frank R. Lichtenberg presented The Economic Argument for Medical Innovation. The slides from his presentation are available here.

Related Topics: Silver Book / Cancer




Survey

Colon Cancer: Caring for the Aging--Key Survey Findings

Author: Harris Interactive

Date: 2005

The Alliance commissioned a survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, that interviewed oncologists on the importance of caregivers for elderly colon cancer patients. 77% of physicians interviewed agreed that colon cancer patients 65 and older experience better disease outcomes when a caregiver is involved because of better communication. 81% also said that they depend on caregivers at least somewhat, and some a great deal, to act as an intermediary between them and the elderly patients. 100% fell the caregiver is part of a team involved in the patient's disease management.

The physicians felt that the primary roles of the caregivers are to provide emotional support, participate in doctor's visits and in disease management decisions, and to provide transportation to and from doctor's appointments. Unfortunately, only around three out of five colon cancer patients age 65 and older have the support of a caregiver.



Survey

Colon Cancer: Caring for the Aging

Date: 2005

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and will kill more than 50,000 people this year. A major risk factor for colon cancer is age, with more than 90% of cases occurring in people 50 years and older. Unfortunately, clinical evidence suggests that colon cancer patients 65 and older are not always getting the best disease management. However, a recent survey commissioned by the Alliance for Aging Research shows that caregivers play an important role in disease management and can have a major positive impact on disease outcomes.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, interviewed oncologists on the importance of caregivers for elderly colon cancer patients. 77% of physicians interviewed agree that colon cancer patients 65 and older experience better disease outcomes when a caregiver is involved because of better communication. 81% also said that they depend on caregivers at least somewhat, and some a great deal, to act as an intermediary between them and the elderly patients. 100% feel the caregiver is part of a team involved in the patient's disease management. The physicians felt that the primary roles of the caregivers are to provide emotional support, participate in doctor's visits and in disease management decisions, and to provide transportation to and from doctor's appointments. Unfortunately, only around 3 out of 5 colon cancer patients 65 and older have the support of a caregiver.

Over 100 oncologists were interviewed, all of whom practice in the United States, treat at least 10 colorectal cancer patients per month, and have been practicing between 3 and 30 years. The survey included questions on how many patients have caregivers, who those caregivers are, their importance in disease management, their primary roles, and their participation in communication and treatment options.

 

Blog

Today Is World Cancer Day

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 4th, 2016

World Cancer Day reminds us that, while cancer is terrible, there's hope for a cure in research.


HROTW: Infographic on Cancer's Impact

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 29th, 2016

Our Health Resource of the Week is an infographic on cancer's impact and the value of innovation and treatment.


New Book Looks at Aging with Honesty and Humor

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 13th, 2016

Author Beverlye Hyman Fead's new book Aging in High Heels captures the process of aging with humor, honesty, and a big dose of inspiration.


Noted Speaker and Author Beverlye Hyman Fead Shares Her Cancer Story

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 10th, 2015

Beverlye Hyman Fead is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and producer. She also happens to be a cancer survivor.


A Cancer Survivor's Story

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 5th, 2015

We share a story of a cancer survivor, Barbara Buck. 


The Impact of Cancer (and Value of Research) in Three Infographics

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 28th, 2015

We share three infographics from a factsheet on the human and economic burdens of cancer as well as the value of research.


Alliance Launches The Silver Book®: Cancer with Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 21st, 2015

Today the Alliance debuted its 10th volume in its Silver Book®: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation series. 


Breakthroughs in Understanding Diseases of Aging Earn Top Honors

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 14th, 2011

This November, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) released its “Top Ten Medical Innovations” list for 2011, and five of those top ten show great promise for diseases of aging,


Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: February 27th, 2009

Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented. Through a routine colonoscopy, physicians can remove pre-cancerous polyps which grow along the colon wall. Take the time during March, colorectal cancer awareness month, to learn more about risk factors and preventative measures for this disease.

Newsletter

More Than Just a Statistic

Date: August 4th, 2015

As the Alliance debuts a new volume of its Silver Book® series with stats on the impact of cancer and the value of innovation, Beverlye's story reminds us of the human impact that goes beyond the statistics. 

Related Topics: Silver Book / Cancer


Innovation Helps Cancer Patients Live Longer

Date: February 1st, 2006

New drugs and other treatments for cancer are helping more Americans survive the disease, even as it affects an increasing number of people, a trio of experts said at a briefing in Washington, D.C., in October.

Related Topics: Cancer


Caregiver Involvement Leads to Better Cancer Outcomes

Date: October 1st, 2005

Those who have been diagnosed with colon cancer will tell you that the support of friends and relatives is invaluable. A survey of over 100 oncologists shows that physicians agree, and that caregiver involvement can lead to better disease outcomes in elderly colon cancer patients.


Learning More About Breast Cancer

Date: July 1st, 2005

Gatherings of breast cancer researchers have been surprisingly upbeat events lately, as scientists are beginning to feel that maybe - just maybe - they’re making some real progress toward understanding the disease.

Related Topics: Cancer


Tiny Tales

Date: April 1st, 2005

We are on the verge of a new age of discovery that would pique the curiosity of Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. In the heavens, we have glimpsed a solar system outside of our own whose glimmers of light will tell us much about the molecules of the distant planets’ atmospheres. On earth, we have developed new tools to see, move, and actually change the properties of molecules around us—and in us.

Related Topics: Cancer


Medicare Non-Coverage of New Oral Cancer Treatments: A Hard Pill to Swallow

Date: October 1st, 2001

Promising new drugs are revolutionizing the treatment of cancer. But as so often happens, the federal bureaucracy has yet to catch up with scientific advances. As a result, millions of Americans may be denied potentially life-saving cancer drugs.