Evidence‐based care to support longer, healthier lives for cancer survivors

Emily Banks and Grace Joshy
Med J Aust 2021; 214 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50995
Published online: 19 April 2021

Improving integrated care and systematically targeting major cancer and non‐cancer causes of morbidity and mortality could yield major benefits

Cancer is the leading cause of death and disability in Australia, and it is estimated that more than 1.6 million people were living with cancer at the end of 2015.1 Most of these people will live with the disease for many years; for all cancers combined, five‐year relative survival in 2012–2016 was about 69%.1 Although cancer is regarded by many people as a single condition, it is highly heterogeneous, with extreme variations in experiences and outcomes according to the type, aggressiveness, treatment, and stage of the cancer, and the age and comorbid conditions of the patient.

  • Emily Banks
  • Grace Joshy

  • National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT



Emily Banks is supported by a Principal Research Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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