News from Holden

From the Director

Who You Get to Work With...

I was sitting in the airport waiting for a flight recently (something I do all too often) when I overheard the beginning of what appeared to be a conversation between a grandfather and his teenage granddaughter about choosing a career.

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If We Can Put a Man on the Moon…

In September 1962, President John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” In December 1971, Richard Nixon said we are “totally committed to provide the funds that are necessary, whatever is necessary, for the conquest of cancer.” To state the obvious, we have succeeded in going to the moon, but not in conquering cancer.

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In Cancer Research, People and Pets are Side by Side

While there are similarities and differences in how we cared for our patients, I was most struck by how well aligned we are in our thinking about cancer research and our desire to move the results of that research to where it can help our patients.

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Past, Present, Future

Last week, three disparate events came together for me in a remarkable way.

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Cancer Moonshot – All Systems “Go”

President Obama charged Vice President Biden with refocusing the nation’s effort on cancer and cancer research. To quote the President - “Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer… I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control.”

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Phased Retirement or Tied to Work?

I recently had a birthday, and have reached the stage in life where some of my peers are starting to talk about phased retirement.

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The War Metaphor

often start talks I give on cancer research with a discussion of the war on cancer. To be honest, I have a very mixed relationship with this metaphor.

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Cancer Medicine in 2043

Last month I gave a presentation on cancer medicine and cancer research to a sophisticated group of non-scientists and was asked to predict what cancer medicine would look like in 25 years. This made me think back on a talk I gave in the late 1990s on that very topic.