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Life Beyond the Cancer Clinic

Life Beyond the Cancer Clinic | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Three years.

"That’s the total amount of time we train to be oncologists.

"It’s both a lot of time and not enough.

"When we enter our oncology fellowships, most of us have spent four years in college, four or five years in medical school, and three years completing an internal medicine residency. We donate our 20s — what are supposed to be our “fabulous years” — to studying how to be doctors. Is it any wonder we emerge just a little bit socially awkward and behind the times? And then we dedicate what seems like an eternity — another three years — to specialize in cancer."

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The New York Times  |  May 29, 2014

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Double Targeted Therapy Approach Could be Key to Curing Nearly All Cancers

Double Targeted Therapy Approach Could be Key to Curing Nearly All Cancers | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Mathematical data gathered at Harvard suggests that using two targeted therapy drugs in a combination therapy could be an effective means of curing almost all types of cancer. The researchers pointed out that monotherapy treatments, in which just one drug is prescribed, work for a while but then begin to fail as the genetic mutations causing the cancer allow it to develop resistance to the drug. They argue that simultaneously prescribing two targeted therapy drugs could cure the cancer before it has a chance to develop resistance, if there is not a time overlap at all between the drugs (a single point mutation in a gene could derail both drugs). This double targeted therapy approach flies in the face of the conventional approach used by oncologists, who prefer to prescribe drugs one at a time.

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Science Daily | Jul 19, 2013

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