Despite tremendous progress in cancer research and development of cancer treatment, the World Cancer Report1 states 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012 with an expected rise of new cancer cases by 70 % within the next two decades.
As applicable to every disease, research and development focuses on 3 strategies in order to address this alarming prediction and to ameliorate the foreseen epidemiology: prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
While prevention is only rarely a target for commercial R&D efforts, the development of novel, sensitive and non-invasive diagnostic tools and innovative therapeutic strategies is at an all-time high. Here, we would like to outline promising new results regarding accurate and fast cancer diagnostics as well as innovative potential treatments.