Why One Dumb Tumor Is Smarter Than 100 Oncologists

September 19, 2008

From Sharon Begley’s Newsweek Blog:  “This week’s story paints a fairly bleak picture of cancer therapy 37 years after the start of the war on cancer, but as I spoke to some of the nation’s leading oncologists about their memories of when they first entered the field, I was struck by two things: the real progress that has been made since 1971, and their remarkable ability to remain hopeful…

David Johnson of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center,” she continues, “was in medical school in 1971, the year Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in his State of the Union speech. Oncology wasn’t even recognized as a medical specialty, Johnson recalled to me.”

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