How Does Cancer Research Need to Change?

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I'm proud of what I do, I'm proud of what our field does, but we haven't thought that differently. I just came from a session where I interviewed Lance Armstrong, Lance was a 25 year old kid in 1997, with germ cell tumor in the brain, the lung and the liver, and at the time he got platinum, the same thing at my wedding band here, he got it because some goof ball scientist put two platinum electrodes in a gel cancer cell like electricity or not.

And it turned out the platinum killed this cells serendipitously he got into his platium a year and a half later wins his first of seven Tour DE Frances. So my field needs to keep it's eye's open. We need to learn from our experience, we need to learn from other fields. One of the areas that we're working on is trying to bring in physicists and mathematicians to think about cancer.

Think about the field of climate modelling. And that you can go out look at the shape of the clouds, you could wind speed. You can look at the temperature and you can start to predict what's going to happen. My field isn't like that we have to think like that now. We have to look at the shape of the cancer, the different physical attributes.

So my field isn't like that. We're not looking at these events like a engineer would, like a mathematician or a physicist would and I want people to think like that. You know, Galileo would go out every night and map the stars in the sky and after four months he could tell you where every star was in the sky he didn't even know what a star was.

So my field has spent the last 50 years trying to understand the individual cancer cell and every little thing about it. Our job is to control it. It's a different parameter control. It doesn't necessitate understanding.