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New Lessons in Cancer Research

New Lessons in Cancer Research

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Soap Box. Cancer is a conniving enemy. Try to kill it off through surgery or chemotherapy, and it finds a way to sneak back in. Jacqueline Lees tells an engaged Soap Box audience what insights and tools research now offers in the longstanding battle against this relentless disease. Big gains have come from molecular study of tumors at different stages, Lees says. It often takes many years for a cancerous cell to develop into a dangerous tumor, one that can yield metastases. There might be six phases of development over 15 years in a cancer's evolution, and scientists have formed a good understanding of what these different lesions look like in various cancers, and how they behave. Lees calls this process "actually a beautiful example of... Show More

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