Predicting Cancer's Spread

Why do some cancers take hold and spread, while others can be stopped in their tracks?

Pulitzer Prize winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee explores the idea that understanding a patient’s body and cells may be as important as studying the cancer itself.

As innovations allow doctors to detect and diagnose cancer earlier than ever before, knowing whether and how it will metastasize in patients is critical. Only some fraction of patients who receive toxic chemotherapy will really benefit from it. Doctors just don’t know which fraction.

“It’s not just early detection that we want,” says oncologist Daniel Hayes. “It’s early prediction.”

Source: The New Yorker

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