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Significant advances have been made by scientists in the battle against the disease but victory remains elusive

Chances of survival are on the rise

Significant advances have been made by scientists in the battle against the disease but victory remains elusive, says Andrew Jack

Prevention: Cruel hand of fate still has a role to play

Some factors may be beyond our control but others are not, says Ling Ge

Vaccines: Nowhere left to hide

Clive Cookson reports on the scientific excitement surrounding therapeutic advances

Smoking: Big Tobacco’s market place battle

Manufacturers face increasingly stringent regulation, says Christopher Thompson

Science: Fight is taken to a higher plane

Research is advancing more quickly than any other important medical field and a vast number of new medicines is being tested by industry and academics, writes Clive Cookson

Chemotherapy: Bid to put an end to carpet bombing

Alan Rappeport reports on efforts to sharpen one of medicine’s bluntest instruments

Surgery: Robotics are a ‘game changer’

Sophisticated tools are now available for what used to be inoperable cancers, says Sarah Murray

Radiotherapy: Better, pricier and still too rare

Treatments are improving, but are still not readily available, Sarah Murray reports

Palliative care: Millions lack access to painkillers

Andrew Jack reports on failures in the terminal stages of disease

Africa: Continent left behind in battle

Some diseases receive more attention than others, says Andrew Jack