Andrew L. Pecora, MD
In April, I prepared to attend the 2017 American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) meeting expecting that the breakthrough discoveries presented would offer my patients greater hope to defeat the dreaded disease we call cancer. I was not disappointed. The research presented at AACR focused on the fundamentals of cell biology, cell aging, and cell death; how the immune system recognizes and kills cancer cells; and how, in turn, cancer cells avoid immune system detection. It is easy to understand how the body of this research will apply to and benefit other aspects of medicine, such as aging, diabetes, rheumatologic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.
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