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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 12/29/2009

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Getting Cancer-Different Fates

One man who smokes cigarettes lives to age 90 without getting lung cancer, while another man who smokes the same amount gets cancer at age 60. Why does one woman's breast cancer respond to chemotherapy, and her tumor shrinks, while another woman's breast cancer shows no change after the same treatment?

How can these differences be explained?

Graphic shows the different fates of two men: one with cancer, the other healthy and visiting his friend in the hospital; shows two women with breast cancer given the same treatment: one's tumor shrinks, the other's does not.