Who We Are


In 2011, the UN Political declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) highlighted the urgency for addressing the four major NCDs, including cancer. At the 2013 World Health Assembly, the WHO Member States committed to a 25% relative reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025. This target, spelled out in the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013 – 2020, cannot be achieved without substantial reduction in cancer mortality through the twin pillars of prevention and cancer care systems strengthening.

Cancer Surgery

Cancer surgery is, along with radiotherapy one of the most important modalities of care and control, accounting for an estimated 52 – 65% of all gains in outcomes. The lack of affordable and equitable cancer surgery, as well as inappropriate or low quality cancer surgery are a major barriers to delivering on the global commitments.


In response to the need to strengthen cancer care and health systems the Lancet Oncology has commissioned an in depth analysis of the state and future needs of global cancer surgery in all income settings.

The Lancet Oncology Commission on Global Cancer Surgery is drawn from a wide group of world renowned leaders and experts in cancer surgery, pathology, economics, epidemiology and legal analysis.

Working groups of Commissioners are addressing a variety of domains including:
  • The state of global cancer surgery: what do we already know?
  • Global need for cancer surgery
  • Political economy of cancer surgery: economics and legal frameworks
  • Cancer surgery systems across the human development spectrum: quality in cancer surgery; models of care; technologies; critical interdependencies – the role of pathology; specific settings in emerging powers, e.g. Nigeria, India, China, Brasil, Zambia, Latin America, Arab World; cancer surgery in low income settings
  • Research and global cancer surgery
  • Human resources, training and education
  • How does cancer surgery fit into the global health agenda?
  • Policy implications: what is needed, what needs to be changed.

In addition, the Commissioners are also addressing: childhood cancer surgery; fragile countries (cancer surgery and conflict); Key health system tenets in cancer surgery; impact of ageing population: burden and under-treatment