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Brain Cancer

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in increasing survival rates for (a) children and (b) adults with brain cancer in the last five years. (197727)

Of the adult patients (over 15 years) diagnosed with brain cancer between 1998 and 2003, 12.3 per cent. of men and 16.2 per cent. of women survived for at least five years. This compares with five-year survival rates of 12.5 per cent. for men and 15.3 per cent. for women diagnosed between 1996 and 1999.

Analysis of survival rates among children with brain cancer undertaken in 1999 showed that significant progress has been made on survival rates since the 1960s. This analysis showed that 68 per cent. of children diagnosed with cancer of the brain and central nervous system in the mid-1990s survived for at least five years compared with 37 per cent. in the 1960s.