Recommendations for Cancer Control from Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition

Authors: Hellen Gelband, Susan Horton, Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Prabhat Jha


Cancer, Volume 3 of Disease Control Priorities, third edition (DCP3), is a guide for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to help advance cancer control through the middle of the twenty-first century. It provides the means to help meet the new Sustainable Development Goals and provides a blueprint for expanding cancer control as a component of universal health care. DCP3's Cancer volume is a collaborative effort of 79 authors contributing to 18 chapters on the cancer burden in LMICs, specific cancers, treatment modalities, financing and economics.

Using the criteria of addressing a significant portion of the cancer burden, intervention effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, feasibility and national affordability, the Cancer volume offers the idea of an “essential package” of interventions that spans prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care.  While not a formal part of the package, well-functioning cancer registries and context-relevant research are also essential.

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Gelband, H., S. Horton, R. Sankaranarayanan, and P. Jha. 2016. "Recommendations for Cancer Control from Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition." Cancer Control.