There are few people who can say they haven’t been touched by cancer. Everyone has had a friend, a relative, a co-worker, or at least an acquaintance who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Thanks to the hard work of a variety of awareness and prevention campaigns, many cases of cancer have been caught in early, treatable stages, or have been avoided altogether. Yet there remain a number of persistent forms that are claiming lives far too soon.
The long process of developing cancer and the typical long course of treatment really underscores our earlier point about the long duration of medical research, but with cancer, it is paying off. In addition to interventions with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, research is quickly finding that the body’s own immune system could ultimately prove the most powerful weapon against cancer.
Medical research continues to have a central role in the overall health of the world’s population. As old foes fall, it seems that new ones continue to emerge, so it seems there is no end in sight to the importance of quality trials of drugs, therapies, and genes, conducted in a huge number of facilities by devoted, skilled people all over the nation and all over the world. Together, these resources make our quest to end every possible health threat more likely than ever to meet a successful ending.