The War on Cancer

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Robin Hesketh, professor in the department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, gives a history the science of cancer and the medical advances made over the decades. In Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer, he leads a tour of human biology to show what happens to the body when the disease develops and how it’s treated.


Robin Hesketh

Comments [12]


thank for your intelligence , leonard - great questions for a cancer patient - mine has been stable for quite some time - it's very hard to find clarity and perspective. I am also a big fan of the alternatives so the science doesn't paralyze me with fear - energy medicine in particular is another POV and another aspect of any process at all.

My sister is an integrative MD who says 25% of her patients are now cancer patients. Maybe a good idea to have people like Siddhartha Mukerjee or even my doctor on your show to talk clearly about the great mystery of cancer.

May. 08 2012 05:19 PM
Tom from Brooklyn

Princeton and Harvard studies testing animals showed THC kills tumors and cancer. Are they extremists? Why do you mention it under your breath with muffled tones while simotaneously laughing? Please have a guest from these studies.

May. 08 2012 01:54 PM
stanley landsman from queens ny

any studies as to the number of cancers in third world countries or certain group of people that do not have cancer

May. 08 2012 12:45 PM
George from Astoria

Is there any relationship between the psychology of a person and cancer?
Is living a more postive happy life more effective in warding off cancer?
Does a negative emotional lifestyle contribute to cancer?

May. 08 2012 12:37 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

The relationship between stress and cancer spreading?

May. 08 2012 12:35 PM
Jonah from Nyc

Does marajuana cure cancer as I've heard so many times?

May. 08 2012 12:29 PM

Here is some very interesting cancer treatment being researched at M.D. Anderson:

May. 08 2012 12:29 PM
Jennifer Ward from Mount Vernon

For medical marijuana-does it cause cancer? How can doctor's prescribe something that causes cancer, or does the THC really suppress cancer as some say?

May. 08 2012 12:26 PM

As a BRCA mutation carrier, not Ashkenazi (as far as I know), I have been frustrated by my doctors' refusal to accept the possibility that our mutation might have been "de novo" at the time of my mother and aunt's conception. Their family lived and worked in a filthy petrochemical refining town, and it is hard to let go of the suspicion that environment might have given rise to the cancerous mutation.
Is there any study into "de novo" BRCA mutations? Have any been found?

May. 08 2012 12:25 PM
Barbara Himber from Flemington, NJ

What is the role of the oncogene in cancer and if one does not have that gene is it unlikely that one will develop cancer?

Thank you,

May. 08 2012 12:22 PM
Liz from W. Village

Do free radicals cause cancer? Can one's diet defeat them?

May. 08 2012 12:21 PM
perri from NYC

My mother and sister were both diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer a couple of months ago. Both were smokers prior to the diagnoses and both are diabetics. There isn't a history of cancer of any type in our family. Had they not been taking a common diabetes drug that has been linked to pancreatitis when they were diagnosed, could the combination of cigarettes and diabetes influence metabolic changes leading to the development of pancreatic cancer?

Thank you.

May. 08 2012 10:35 AM

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