Imagine a world without cancer.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


BMC cancer, Volume 14, Issue 1, p.186 (2014)


2014, April 2014, Center-Authored Paper, Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation (ICORE), Public Health Sciences Division


Since the "War on Cancer" was declared in 1971, the United States alone has expended some $300 billion on research, with a heavy focus on the role of genomics in anticancer therapy. Voluminous data have been collected and analyzed. However, in hindsight, any achievements made have not been realized in clinical practice in terms of overall survival or quality of life extended. This might be justified because cancer is not one disease but a conglomeration of multiple diseases, with widespread heterogeneity even within a single tumor type.