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The increase in the stock of cancer drugs from 1975 to 1995 accounted for about 50 to 60 percent of the increase in age-adjusted survival rates in the first 6 years after diagnosis.

The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer. NBER Working Paper Series Web site. http://www.nber.org/papers/w10328. Published 2004

Reference

Title
The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer
Publication
NBER Working Paper Series
Publication Date
Published 2004
Authors
Lichtenberg, F
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