The Vital Role of Caregivers

Before her husband, Tony, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2012, Christy Leonard knew little about caregiving. Leonard, who works in information technology, soon found herself giving injections and operating a feeding tube, all while working from home and caring for the couple’s children. Meanwhile, “I did absolutely nothing for myself,” she said.

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Team Science: A Winning Approach to Research

In 1993, Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith authored The Wisdom of Teams, a collection of observations and insights into how high-performance teams can be assembled and managed. Many of the principles elaborated in the book are applicable to team science for cancer research.

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Can Molecular Analysis be Tapped to Tackle Brain Cancer?

Compared to treatment advances for other types of cancer, progress in treating brain cancer has been frustratingly slow. Still, understanding the molecular changes that drive brain cancer remains “potentially transformative,” says Paul Mischel, a cancer biologist and neuropathologist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in San Diego.

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Broadening Clinical Trial Participation

Patient enrollment in clinical trials has long been on the minds of oncologists and researchers. In 1990, fewer than 3 percent of patients were enrolled in clinical trials—which spurred then president-elect of the American Cancer Society, Walter Lawrence Jr., MD, to write an editorial calling for more concerted efforts. More than 25 years later, clinical trial participation hovers around 5 percent.

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Understanding Premalignancy and Cancer Risk

Prevention is often said to be more powerful than a cure. With an eye toward thwarting the disease, some researchers are trying to understand the molecular processes that are present in cells before cancer develops. These efforts, which analyze the potential power of premalignancy, are featured in the spring issue of Cancer Today.

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