Forty Years’ War Series

The New York Times ran a series of important articles in 2009 on the national effort to eradicate cancer. I list the links here, but if you’re not already registered with The New York Times you’ll have to subscribe one time to read the articles for FREE.

Advances Elusive in the Drive to Cure Cancer, by Gina Kolata

The death rate for cancer has barely changed since 1950, despite Richard M. Nixon’s pledge to cure cancer in five years.  Has there been progress? Will President Obama’s vows lead to something different?

Grant System Leads Researchers to Play It Safe, by Gina Kolata

Kolata argues that a major impediment in the fight against cancer is that many research grants go to projects that are unlikely to break much ground.

In Push for Cancer Screening, Limited Benefits, by Natasha Singer

On the benefits and risks of early detection efforts for many cancers.

Lack of Study Volunteers Hobbles Cancer Fight, by Gina Kolata

A lack of clinical trials may be contributing to limited progress in cancer treatment. Only 3 percent of cancer patients participate in the trials. This article explores why patients may be reluctant to participate and why doctors may be reluctant or unable to lead success clinical research studies.

Weighing Hope and Reality in Kennedy’s Cancer Battle, by Gina Kolata and Lawrence Altman

Though he had been a strong supporter of the war on cancer when it was declared in 1971, Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined the millions of diagnosed whose fates were not changed much as a result of war.

For Profit, Industry Seeks Cancer Drugs, by Andrew Pollack

Cancer drugs have been the largest sources of profit for pharmaceutical corporations worldwide since 2006, and in the United States since 2008. Oncology drugs are so profitable that they now outperform drugs for cholesterol and hypertension, and pharmaceutical companies are funneling $billions into them.

Where Cancer Progress is Rare, One Many Says No, by Gardiner Harris

On the role of the FDA in approving or denying cancer drugs.

A Place Where Cancer Is The Norm, by Gina Kolata

A look at the largest cancer hospital in the nation, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

Medicines to Deter Some Cancers Are Not Taken, by Gina Kolata

On the controversy surrounding the use of cancer drugs versus supplements.

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