June 7, 2011

National Public Radio

New Cancer Breakthroughs

New cancer drugs are showing very promising results. Some say it’s the beginning of a new era in cancer treatment — and prevention.

The headlines on cancer treatment are very arresting lately. On lung cancer, skin cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer -– talk of breakthroughs and new understanding.

Talk of a new era. Almost all of it goes to a closer genetic understanding of individual tumors and how to target them.

A million and a half Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. About half a million will die from malignancies.

We’ve waited and hoped so long for a cure that we’re wary of breakthrough talk.

But something new is happening.

This hour On Point: a new era in tackling cancer.

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