‘War on Cancer’, ’Cancer Moonshot’ – Where will cancer cure come from?
Eminent cancer expert on big words in cancer treatment campaigns. How to cure cancer?
– “War on Cancer”, “Cancer Moonshot” – campaigns to “eradicate cancer” are regularly in the headlines. From the vantage point of your experience in cancer diagnosis and treatment, what is a road map today that we hope for in curing cancer and what are the trends in cancer treatment? It’s a large question, but you have the appropriate experience! Yes, these are very laudable efforts, these are very positive efforts to try to create public support and to highlight the need for more progress. And we all agree on that. What we don’t all agree on necessarily is our strategies. And those strategies have to come from science. You don’t really get a strategy from putting a label on something – like “moonshot”, or this or that. You get real progress from making scientific discoveries. So the most important thing is to continue the government’s support for basic research in cancer.