Why we need to rethink how we talk about cancer

Why we need to rethink how we talk about cancer

Naming metastatic cancers after parts of the body could be holding up research and preventing people from accessing the best treatment
  1. Lucy Odling-Smee
    1. Lucy Odling-Smee is a Senior Comment Editor for Nature in San Francisco, California.
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For over a century, cancer has been classified by areas of the body - lung cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer etc. And yet modern medical research is telling us that the molecular and genetic mechanisms behind cancers are not necessarily tied to parts of the body. Many drugs developed to treat metastatic cancers have the capacity to work across many different cancers, and that presents an opportunity for more tailored and efficient treatments. Oncologists are calling for a change in the way patients, clinicians and regulators think about naming cancers.In this podcast, senior comment editor Lucy Odling-Smee speaks with Fabrice André from Institute Gustave Roussy, to ask what he thinks needs to change. Comment: Forget lung, breast or prostate cancer: why tumour naming needs to change

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-024-00413-0

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