Oncology Market Potential Revenue and Future Growth with Healthy CAGR by 2029

16 Dec, 2021 | Articles

The Role of Improved Therapeutics, Diagnosis, and Lifestyle in Enriching Life Expectancy

Oncology Market - Over the past few decades, the outcome for patients diagnosed with cancer has transformed. In the late 1970s, of those patients diagnosed with cancer in the United States, less than 50% of the patients had a life expectancy of five years after the diagnosis. For those diagnosed during 2005, the figure for survival was close to 70%. The variation has arrived through a union of public health measures such as smoking education and novel pharmaceutical therapeutics. This combination has turned what was once considered a terminal diagnosis into a chronic one. For example, most patients diagnosed with cancer will have higher mortality risks depending upon the stage of cancer than depending upon the type of cancer.

However, we see a wide range of variations in the outcomes across different regions. Recent EUROCARE results show that in Northern Europe, 63% of the diagnosed patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have a five-year survival rate, followed by 50% in Eastern Europe. However, the outcome in countries such as China still lags. For example, five-year life expectancy across all cancers was expected to be around 40% in early 2015, compared to approximately 30% in early 2000.

Innovation in oncology is accelerating. In 2019, the oncology therapeutics market accounted for USD 145 billion in branded pharmaceutical sales and accounted for a healthy CAGR of 12%. Therefore, we interpret the surge in the use of oncology therapeutics in the global healthcare industry. Furthermore, early diagnostics methods, novel therapeutics, a healthy oncology drugs pipeline, and improved clinical trials enrich the life expectancy of patients and support oncology market growth.

Covid-19: Cancer Care Disruptions: It Endangers Millions


The impact of Covid-19 on the field of oncology market continues to be significant, with oncologists around the world, including the United States, Japan, Germany, France, etc., experiencing caseloads of 25% to 50%, which is lower than pre-pandemic despite a market shift to remote consultation. Oncologists are experiencing delays in surgery, chemotherapy, and diagnosis, resulting in severe consequences. Further, according to a report published by NCBI, screenings for cervical, breast, colorectal, and lung cancer in the United States fell sharply by April 2020— and were below baseline in the 4th quarter of the year, suggesting that approximately 67,000 patients missed or had a delayed diagnosis in 2020.

Figure 1: Rising Adoption Of Remote Care Consultations In Many Countries


Source: Straits Research Insights
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·   Interactions between patients and oncologists were impacted heavily due to the pandemic.

·        A significant surge in remote patient consultation was noted in 2020 while most countries were in lockdown.

·        When asked about remote consultations amid the Covid-19 pandemic, oncologists in Europe reported that around 20% of their future consultations would be remote.



Source: Straits Research Insights

Advancements in Rare Cancer and Novel Medication Spur Oncology Therapeutics

The surge in innovative cancer care that began decades ago is still in effect, with more than 15 drugs launched and made available to patients worldwide, especially for rare cancer. Nearly 60 new innovative therapies were launched in the United States over the past 5 years, approved for approximately 130 conditions and 24 types of cancers.

Rare cancer treatment continues to catch the eye of new treatment options, with 16 launches receiving the orphan designation in 2020. In the last five years, a new cancer medicine has received accelerated reviews—and is first in class for its mechanism, thanks in large part to expedited approval based on phase I or phase II trials. The introduction of new oncology medicines varies across the globe; China is leading the pack, with approximately 35 launches planned over the next five years. The major European countries are launching around 50, compared to the US's 62.

Table 1: Oncology Medications Launched In 2020 






First FDA-approved treatment for cholangiocarcinoma, approved for FGFR2 fusion-positive patients

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

tafasitamab-cxix (with lenalidomide)

First drug approved for 2nd Line DLBCL

Epithelioid sarcoma and Follicular Lymphoma


First treatment option specifically for Epithelioid sarcoma, orphan drug designation

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors


Only FDA-approved therapy for GIST with a PDGFRA exon 18 mutation

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors


First drug for fourth-line treatment. Reduction in the risk of disease progression or death by 85%

HER2+ breast cancer

trastuzumab deruxtican

For HER2+, heavily treated, metastatic patients, ORR of 60.3% with tumor shrinkage

Mantle cell lymphoma

brexucabtagene autoleucel

First CAR T treatment for relapsed and refractory mantle cell lymphoma

Multiple myeloma

belantamab mafodotin (monotherapy)

First-in-class anti-BCMA therapy for the treatment of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma

Myelodysplastic syndromes and Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia

decitabine and cedazuridine

A new oral combination that can be taken at home, eliminating the need for intravenous infusions at a healthcare

Neurofibromatosis 1


First therapy for children with neurofibromatosis type 1

A Paradigm Shift Towards Rare Cancer Illustrates a Higher Success Rate than for Common Cancer

The combined number of drugs in R & D reached almost 3,500 in 2020, which is an increase of 75% since 2015. It indicates tremendous research and investment focus on addressing the unmet patient needs and the progress made in understanding cancer biology. The clinical trial reached a new high of 1600 in 2020, despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic. Thus, it reflects a market shift towards rare cancers.

There has been a composite success rate of candidate drugs through the multiple stages of the clinical trial, improving cancer medicine over the decade from less than 10% to 16% in 2020. Essentially, it is due to the shift towards rare cancers, which have a higher success rate than common cancers. Success rate, clinical development, and trial duration have shown significant improvement in 2020 due to the increase of Phase II productivity in rare cancer. However, with low productivity levels in common cancer, oncology’s productivity remains lower than in other diseases.

The early-stage pipeline has expanded by approximately 40% since 2016 and includes over 1000 promising new approaches to precision oncology, with a rapid shift towards next-gen biotherapeutics including gene editing, CAR-T, and RNA therapeutics. Most of the early-stage pipeline (nearly 80%) is controlled by emerging biopharmaceutical companies with an annual R & D expenditure of less than USD 200 million.

Around 700+ companies are focused on oncology market research and development, such as F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Celgene Corp, Novartis AG, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, Johnson & Johnson, etc. Among these, approximately 500 are focused on the specific area. These companies have a mix of headquarters locations, wherein the United States is home to about 45% of these companies.

Besides the organic research and development at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, many multi-billion dollar oncology-focused acquisitions, such as Pfizer’s 2019 acquisition of Array BioPharma for USD 11 billion, and partnerships, including a USD 3 billion collaboration between AbbVie and Genmab on bispecific antibodies, have been observed. Further, the success rates of a few oncology products reflect significant eagerness towards oncology.

Figure 3: Oncology Market Prescription Sales, 2019 (Usd Billion)


Source: Annual Reports, Company Websites, Company Press Releases, Straits Research Insights

Premonition of Expenditures on the Oncology Market

Patient access, innovative treatments, and blockbuster drugs, followed by an emphasis on early diagnosis of cancer, have led to a surge in global spending on oncology drugs, estimated at approximately USD 160 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach USD 400 billion by 2029, even as the CAGR eases to about 10%. Further, in the United States, oncology spending reached USD 71 billion in 2020, which is approximately 43% of the global expenditure. It is directly proportional to the growing use of PD-1/PD-L1 drugs and the rapid increase of antibody-targeted agents and small molecules.


In 2020, the expenditure fell to 10% as new brand growth slowed and biosimilars contributed to lower spending. Further, some major types of cancer in developed countries, including non-small cell lung cancer, melanoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, multiple myeloma, and kidney cancer, observed a 20% increase in annual spending since 4 years. Nonetheless, future growth spending is estimated to be stable due to increased competition among manufacturers, growing cancer drug portfolios, biosimilar savings, and payer pressure.

Overall, we foresee that the therapeutic area of oncology will continue to have considerable and transformative potential for patient outcomes. Many cancer types continue to have unmet needs in the United States and globally. Precision medicine and novel modalities, including cell therapy, offer great potential to transform the lives of oncology patients. However, taking advantage of this potential will require pharmaceutical companies to work in new ways to accelerate development timelines, develop combination therapies, and find the best possible ways to bring these therapies to market.

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