- Estimated New Cases in 2015 - 26,850
- Estimated Deaths in 2015 - 11,240
This would suggest the cure rate would be (26,850-11240)/26,850 = 58%, however the long term survival of myeloma patients is only 10 to 15%. It can therefore be deducted myeloma deaths are under-reported by over 43%. Because the most likely causes of death for myeloma patients is pneumonia, infection, and bleedouts, these could easily be on the death certificates of many myeloma patients. So if cure was 15%, then the number of deaths would be closer to 22,822. Why is this important for the myeloma patient community? The NIH (National Institute of Health) and NCI (National Cancer Institute) use deaths, and lost years of life by cancer type to rationalize the research spending for the NCI research projects. The more deaths and lost years of life the more spending for that form of cancer. A study by the NIH tries to rationalize spending to the number of lives lost and years of life lost by cancer and you can read it if you CLICK HERE. A summary slide is shown below.
We spend $124 billion on cancer treatment each year and fund the NCI with just $5 billion. To me this is penny wise and pound foolish. Maybe we should be funding everything at 3 times the current average funding instead of cutting anything. That would just be $15 billion, and one would expect a much larger reduction in cancer treatment cost to offset this in the longer run. That would mean myeloma would end up with 7 times the current amount if everyone got their YLL share. Wishful thinking,
dreamer, yes, but reasonable and logical.
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