Childhood leukemia is curable 90 percent of the time – one of the success stories noted in the three-part PBS documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies,” which concludes tonight. But as thoroughly as the six-hour film explores both progress and disappointments in cancer treatment, it tells only part of cancer’s story – what is happening in the United States and other developed countries. In sub-Saharan Africa and other low-income countries, a child – or an adult – with cancer is far more likely to die than live.
“One of the biggest single predictors of whether you will survive [cancer] is where you live,” said Dr. Corey Casper, head of Global Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “And that is something we should not tolerate.”
Casper welcomed more than 200 physicians, researchers, policymakers, patient advocates, and medical and public health students from around the nation and the world Tuesday to Fred Hutch to talk about how to make cancer a priority globally, not just in wealthy countries.