The cancer puzzle: patterns, paradoxes and personalities

Cancer was described and named by Hippocrates in the fourth century BCE, after karkinos, the Greek word for crab. Like the crab, the search for a cure for cancer has often moved sideways as well as forwards. It is a condition that touches all aspects of medicine—from surgery to immunology, from prevention to genomics, from primary to palliative care. Recent escalation in research, treatments and community education has resulted in great advances for patients and their families.

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