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With escalating healthcare costs, changes to the regulatory control on pharmaceutical industries and the inevitable adjustments made in policies and investment in healthcare there is enormous interest in the commercial as well as the scientific aspects of today's healthcare industry.

The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare provides an authoritative analysis of the current (and anticipated) developments in the global healthcare industries. Providing a unique perspective that interfaces between the science and business aspects, it combines information on the latest scientific developments with applied, commercial business data from the global marketplace.

The Handbook focuses on the aspects of paramount importance in the healthcare sector: Pharmacoeconomics; Pharmacogenomics; Therapeutics; Diagnostics

Areas covered include: The role of nanotechnology, genomics and cell therapy in medicine; Diagnostics; Biomarkers and technological advances; Case studies in oncology ...

Opportunities and Challenges in the Japanese Market for Cancer Therapies
Opportunities and challenges in the japanese market for cancer therapies
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Since 1981, cancer has been the leading cause of death in Japan, and cancer mortality in that country has grown rapidly. Table 15.1 shows that the number of recorded deaths from cancers in Japan increased from 217,413 in 1990 to 320,358 in 2004, an increase of 47.3% in 14 years. In 2004, the death rate per 100,000 of population was 253.9, equivalent to 31.1% of the total number of deaths. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW), cancers of the respiratory system (i.e., trachea, bronchus, lungs) were the most common causes of cancer-related mortality, followed by stomach and colorectal cancer.

The aging of the ...

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