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New cancer treatments account for large percent of life expectancy gains

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Sun, E, D Lakdawalla, C Ryes, D Goldman, T Phillipson, et al. The Determinants of Recent Gains in Cancer Survival: An analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. J Clin Oncolo. 2008; 27(15S). http://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/jco.2008.26.15_suppl.6616

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Title
The Determinants of Recent Gains in Cancer Survival: An analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database
Publication
J Clin Oncolo
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Sun, E, D Lakdawalla, C Ryes, D Goldman, T Phillipson, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 27, Issue 15S
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