by Judith L. Pearson
Announced by Richard Nixon in 1971, the "War on Cancer" has not yielded a cure. But it has driven research that has deepened understanding of cancers and developed life-saving treatments, while erasing ignorance and stigma. It has been one of humanity's most successful failures.
SOURCE: USA Today
Ken Burns' new documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, marks a contrast to the historical documentaries for which he's best known. Unlike the Civil War or the Roosevelt presidencies, the story of cancer doesn't yet have an ending.
by Dr. Howard Markel
One of the first Americans to use X-ray radiation to treat cancer was a Chicago chemist and homeopathic physician named Émil Grubbé (1875-1960).
NEW YORK — Some 60 years ago, a doctor in Baltimore removed cancer cells from a poor black patient named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or consent. Those cells eventually helped lead to a multitude of medical treatments and laid the groundwork for the multibillion-dollar biotech industry.It’s a saga made famous by the 2010 bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”Now, for the first time, the Lacks family has been given a say over some research involving her cells....