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The journal considers articles on all aspects of research relating to cancer, including molecular biology, genetics, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical reports, controlled trials (in particular if they are independent or publicly funded trials), health systems, cancer policy and regulatory aspects of cancer care.
This special issue provides an update on rapidly evolving developments in palliative cancer care in Africa, following on from ecancer's 2014 special issue focusing on this complex topic, which can be read here.
The earlier special issue contained compelling evidence of the clash between traditional cultural beliefs in African nations and the need for modern palliative cancer care. This update takes a different approach to the challenges of cancer care on this diverse continent - raising it to the level of policy.
"The key challenge here is that many African countries have either not developed national palliative care policies, or have palliative care missing in the other national documents and policies related to cancer care,"explains guest editor Dr Emmanuel Luriyika of the African Palliative Care Association, Uganda.
Watch Prof Gordon McVie discuss the importance of this special issue.