Millions of dollars have gone into researching cancer prevention and cures, but even after all of the expense and effort, cancer treatment is still an uphill battle. Unfortunately, cancer is a complex set of diseases that originate from many parts of the body in different forms.
Kevin Dalby, Austin professor, has advanced the research surrounding cancer drug discovery and was recognized by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and the National Institutes of Health, who support his research. Here, Kevin Dalby addresses cancer's complexity by overviewing the disease's definition, treatment advancements and side effects, and the importance of funding ongoing studies.
So why is cancer so hard to treat?
The answer becomes evident through cancer's complex characteristic evolution as well as its wide range of types. This disease is composed of more than one hundred different kinds of cancers. The cause of cancers also varies, resulting in no single one-stop treatment for all patients. All cancers respond to various therapies in unique ways.
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