News: March, 2012

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From Good to Great

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

“You have cancer” are three of the most difficult words any patient will ever hear. A diagnosis of cancer sends patients into a bewildering, emotion-laden world filled with unusual tests, unpronounceable medical terms, and the need to make a number of decisions, including where to get care and how to ensure that the care is [...]

Controlling the Data Tsunami

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Biostatisticians like Xi (Steven) Chen, Ph.D., are integral to cancer research, especially in the modern genomics era.

The Next 40 Years

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Just over 40 years ago, on Dec. 23, 1971, President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act and our country waged an unofficial “War on Cancer.” This prompted a significant boost in U.S. investment in cancer research, with the National Cancer Institute alone spending more than $105 billion in the years since. Other government agencies, foundations [...]

After Brain Cancer

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

About 75 percent of children now survive at least five years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, thanks to advances in radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the treatments that cure the cancer often leave survivors facing long-term neurological complications. “A child’s ability to understand, communicate and process information may be greatly compromised, resulting in [...]