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Non-communicable diseases, including cancer, are rapidly becoming the leading health-care problem in middle-income and low-income countries. In Latin America and the Caribbean, current cancer control plans vary widely between countries in this region, are largely reactionary to treating advanced cancers, and strongly favour a wealthy and educated minority. In this Commission and linked Comments, expert opinion from a multidisciplinary team of health-care professionals, policy makers, and others address the challenges to providing cancer care in this region and report on the critical steps that are required to reduce the rapidly rising human and economic burden of cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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One century after the foundation (1913) the Lambarene hospital reminds the heritage of the Nobel prize.

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