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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