Science isn't going to be advanced by scientists alone: Communication and information must also be open and easily accessible to the vast cancer community they serve. Patients and their families need a single portal -- not a Byzantine maze -- to learn about clinical trials, data, research, drugs and other therapies.
Now, I am a science writer, not a political pundit. To my eyes, Donald as tumor is a more apt metaphor than the party leadership might wish to acknowledge. What is cancer, after all? It's one of our own, gone wild. It has the same DNA as any other cell in our body, but it refuses to play by the rules.
"Fixing" worked fine for simple problems, but the complex, chronic cases bedeviled me. Patients didn't respond as expected to treatment. A few barely tolerated treatment at all. After months of mixed success, I realized that my drive to "fix" was squelching a significant part of the healing equation: my patients' input.