I hope to return to the lab after this year and try to understand why immunotherapy is lifesaving for some patients like President Carter, while others like Mrs. B remain lost in a biological dark matter. Above all else, I am drawn to the opportunity to fight in her corner once more.
Our understanding of cancer and how to successfully treat it and the symptoms it produces is evolving and improving; and our ability to cope with cancer is also evolving with more confidence and hope in the future.
The time for optimism in the field of cancer research is now -- a time that Science magazine named "cancer immunology" as the breakthrough of the year. Today we have the hope that the cure for cancer is inside ourselves -- in our immune system.