Scientists may not have found cures for all forms of cancer, but researchers have discovered numerous ways to treat and manage many of the more than 200 variations of this disease. According to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2006, published in October 2009, the cancer death rate for men and women combined fell 1.6% per year during 2001-2006, in keeping with the steady downward trend that started in the 1990s. Men saw slightly larger declines in cancer death rates (1.5% per year during 1993-2001 and 2.0% per year during 2001-2006) compared to women (0.8% per year during 1994-2002 and 1.5% per year during 2002-2006). Researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society (ACS), and North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) prepared the report.
UCCCC scientists envision a day when cancer is a chronic, manageable disease. This section of the UCCCC website helps readers learn about cancer and its various aspects. It discusses the status of the research and many of the advances under way at the UCCCC. It also describes the services and support resources available at UChicago and elsewhere to help patients, their friends, families understand and manage their malignancies.