Where is the real return on investment in cancer research?

Some cancer advocates have been asking for years for a clear and annual explanation of how the billions of dollars we have generated for cancer research actually gets used to develop a real return on investment (in terms of better preventive care, better therapies, better diagnostics, and better quality of life for survivors). The writer confesses to being one of those advocates who has consistently raised this question.

There’s an interesting article (“Desperately seeking cures”) in this week’s Newsweek that discusses aspects of this topic in some depth. It won’t make many scientific researchers very happy … but the point of view is one to pay attention to.

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