In 2012, there were 32.6 million people living with any type of cancer within five years of diagnosis, non-hematological cancers are thought to account for 94% of global cancer prevalence. The key cancer indications of this report, namely breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer, constitute approximately 51% of global cancer prevalence.
The risk of cancer increases greatly in patients over the age of 65. As populations are projected to increase, with aging and increasing incidence of obesity, the prevalence of cancer as a genetic disease is only anticipated to increase, thereby acting as a driver for revenue growth. Typically, chemotherapy has curative or palliative uses depending on whether the patient’s tumors are resectable or unresectable, respectively; however, use of chemotherapies is often reliant on performance status, which is lacking in many cancer patients.
There has been a shift towards developing targeted therapies, which by their nature have less toxicity associated with their use and as a result can be administered to greater numbers of cancer patients, who are commonly elderly and have co-morbidities, therefore increasing the overall survival of this group and the number of treatment cycles they may receive.
Global revenues for the non-hematological cancer market are forecast to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.86%, from $73 billion in 2014 to $141 billion in 2021
Overall, there are 6,484 oncology products in the pipeline, which make it the largest therapy area pipeline
18 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies will market non-hematological cancer drugs in the forecast period
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