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Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-86

The fight against cancer: Is it worthwhile?

1 Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gastrointestinal Oncology and Bariatric Surgery, Medanta Institute of Digestive and Hepatobiliary Sciences, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
2 Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
3 The Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Tata Memorial Center, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Amit Dutt
Principal Investigator, Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance Int Fellow, Tata Memorial Centre, ACTREC, Navi Mumbai-410 210, Mumbai
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-5851.158833

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This article alludes to the findings of Tomasetti and Vogelstein and argues that for clinicians and scientists no matter how difficult understanding the pathogenesis of cancer may be, they remain the only hope for patients suffering from the disease. Data citing wide differences in cancer incidence in different parts of the world is presented to drive home the point that 'Bad luck' is not a good enough explanation for cancer pathogenesis. There remains a lot to be uncovered in cancer and clinicians and scientists should strive to this end.

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