It feltâ€”nearly twenty-five hundred years after Hippocrates had naively coined the overarching term karkinosâ€”that modern oncology was hardly any more sophisticated in its taxonomy of cancer.
Pharmacology is benefited by the prepared mind. You need to know what you are looking for.
A positive attitude does not cure cancer, any more than a negative one causes it.
Most discoveries even today are a combination of serendipity and of searching. Siddhartha Mukherje
It remains an astonishing, disturbing fact that in America - a nation where nearly every new drug is subjected to rigorous scrutiny as a potential carcinogen, and even the bare hint of a substance's link to cancer ignites a firestorm of public hysteria and media anxiety - one of the most potent and
There's a phrase in Shakespeare: he refers to it as the 'hidden imposthume', and this idea of a hidden swelling is seminal to cancer. But even in more contemporary writing it's called 'the big C'.
Probably the most important reason we are seeing more cancers than before is because the population is ageing overall. And cancer is an age-related disease.
In 2005, a man diagnosed with multiple myeloma asked me if he would be alive to watch his daughter graduate from high school in a few months. In 2009, bound to a wheelchair, he watched his daughter graduate from college. The wheelchair had nothing to do with his cancer. The man had fallen down while
Most discoveries even today are a combination of serendipity and of searching.
Most days, I go home and I feel rejuvenated. I feel ebullient.
I had seen cancer at a more cellular level as a researcher. The first time I entered the cancer ward, my first instinct was to withdraw from what was going on - the complexity, the death. It was a very bleak time.
There is a very moving and ancient connection between cancer and depression.
Cancer was not disorganized chromosomal chaos. It was organized chromosomal chaos
In Paris, friend of Bequerelâ€™s, a young physicist-chemist couple named Pierre and Marie Curie, began to scour the natural world for even more powerful chemical sources of X-rays. Pierre and Marie (then Maria Sklodowska, a penniless Polish immigrant living in a garret in Paris) had met at the Sorbo
History repeats, but science reverberates.
One swallow is a coincidence, but two swallows make summer.
I wanted to explore cancer not just biologically, but metaphorically. The idea that tuberculosis in the 19th century possessed the same kind of frightening and decaying quality was very interesting to me, and it seemed that one could explore the idea that every age defined its own illness.
Postwar U.S. was the world's leader in science and technology. The investment in science research was staggering.
Sandeep Jauharâ€™s Doctored is a passionate and necessary book that asks difficult questions about the future of medicine. The narrative is gripping, and the writing is marvelous. But it was the gravity of the problemâ€”so movingly toldâ€”that grabbed and kept my attention throughout this remarkable
A breast cancer might turn out to have a close resemblance to a gastric cancer. And this kind of reorganization of cancer in terms of its internal genetic anatomy has really changed the way we treat and approach cancer in general.
The point is you have to break the ice with viewer.
Cell culture is a little like gardening. You sit and you look at cells, and then you see something and say, 'You know, that doesn't look right'.
If the history of medicine is told through the stories of doctors, it is because their contributions stand in place of the more substantive heroism of their patients.
Down to their innate molecular core, cancer cells are hyperactive, survival-endowed, scrappy, fecund, inventive copies of ourselves.
This was yet another colonial fascination: to create the conditions of misery in a population, then subject it to social or medical experimentation.
If the system was not robust enough these fluctuations would have gone unrecorded.
It was Disney World fused with Cancerland.
I think the way we think about cancer, the way we treat cancer, has dramatically changed in the last century. There is an enormous amount of options that a physician can provide today, right down from curing patients, treating patients or providing patients with psychic solace or pain relief.
I think the cardinal rule of learning to write is learning to read first. I learned to write by learning to read.
There is a duality in recognising what an incredible disease it is - in terms of its origin, that it emerges out of a normal cell. It's a reminder of what a wonderful thing a normal cell is. In a very cold, scientific sense, I think a cancer cell is a kind of biological marvel.