Noteworthy Numbers

Neutropenia is characterized by low levels of neutrophils, the white blood cells that fight infections. In general, the condition is defined as an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) <1500/μL. Read More ›

Since 1980, the incidence of liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer has more than tripled in the United States, whereas the death rates have more than doubled during this time. Read More ›

Until the late 1930s, stomach cancer—also called gastric cancer—was the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Although stomach cancer is still a major cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, it is now much less common in this country. The following provides a brief look at some of the key statistics regarding this disease. Read More ›

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that produces hormones essential in maintaining normal heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and metabolism. Thyroid cancer represents only 2.9% of new cancer cases annually in the United States but occurs approximately 3 times as often in women as in men.1,2 The following information about thyroid cancer may prove helpful. Read More ›

Leukemia is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in children and adolescents, representing approximately 1 of 3 cancers in these populations of patients. Of the 4 main types of leukemia (acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia [ALL], chronic myeloid leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia), ALL is the most common type found in children and adolescents. The following provides key statistics and other helpful information regarding ALL.

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Although pancreatic cancer represents only 3.2% of all new cancer cases in the United States, it is now the third leading cause of cancer-related death.1,2 An estimated 45,750 Americans will die of pancreatic cancer in 2019, and there will be an estimated 56,770 new cases of the disease diagnosed in the same year.1 Given the poor prognosis associated with this type of cancer, researchers are striving to gain a better understanding of the biology of the disease, and to develop more effective treatments. In addition, advocacy groups are working to raise awareness about the disease and improve quality of life. Presented here are a few statistics about pancreatic cancer. Read More ›

Ovarian cancer is a very difficult disease to diagnose and is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy, being the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States. A woman’s risk for developing ovarian cancer in her lifetime is approximately 1 in 78, and her lifetime risk for dying of the disease is approximately 1 in 108. The disease was previously thought to begin in the ovaries, but recent research suggests that many ovarian cancers may actually start in the distal end of the fallopian tubes. The following provides key statistics and other helpful information regarding ovarian cancer. Read More ›

Noteworthy Numbers: Bone Cancer
Primary bone cancer is rare, accounting for <0.2% of all new cancers diagnosed in the United States. Read More ›

Noteworthy Numbers: Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer affects the glands found in women that produce eggs, known as ova, for reproduction. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,240 women will be diagnosed with new cases of ovarian cancer in 2018, and 14,070 women will die from the disease during the same year. Read More ›

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