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'Improvement' in cancer treatment in 15-24 year-olds

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Improved survival rates in 15 to 24 year olds suggest that cancer treatment is progressing, according to new research.

The study, by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, found that there was a higher survival rate for people diagnosed between 2001 and 2005, compared to those identified as having the illness between 1981 and 1985.

However, the survival rate is still higher in children and, in some cases, older adults.

Dianne Pulte MD, one of the authors of the study, said: "More research into how to treat these diseases and how to make sure that all patients have access to the best treatment is needed."

The data was collected from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results database covering cancer-sufferers in the United States.

In other recent research, by Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, it was found that cancer patients who are separated from their partner were not found to live as long as those who are unmarried, divorced or widowed.

The authors of the study concluded that it may have something to do with the stress that comes with a separation.

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Cancer treatment news : 25/08/2009