When a patient receives a diagnosis of cancer it is life changing. Even after treatment and assurance that you are in remission, the cancer threat is never far away. Every time you go for a screening, the fear returns to haunt that maybe this time they will find additional tumors or cells that are not normal.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 8.2 million people die each year from cancer, an estimated 13% of all deaths worldwide. Most alarming regarding cancer is that it is expected there will be a 70% increase in new cases of cancer over the next decade, spread across more than 100 cancer types that exist, each requiring a unique diagnosis and treatment.It is that unique cancer diagnosis and treatment that was front and center at last week’s World Medical Innovation Forum, sponsored by Partners Healthcare in Boston, MA.