No Such Disease

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In The Pipeline discusses cancer, and why it won't be easy to kill. Among his points is one I don't see mentioned often: there is no such disease as cancer.

There's a widespread myth at work here: that there's a disease called cancer. Cancer is actually the end result of what are probably hundreds (thousands?) of different diseases. We have confused ourselves by giving them the same category name - it's like the old-style classification of infections as various "fevers." There are many, many ways that a cell can end up with (and maintain) the deranged growth profile that we think of as cancerous, and it's going to take a lot of different treatments to do anything about them.

A good read.

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