Reexamining the Definition of Cancer

17:12 minutes

A viewpoint published in The Journal of the American Medical Association recommended refining the definition of cancer and reexamining how the disease is detected and treated. Laura Esserman, one of the authors, and Larry Norton, from Memorial Sloan-Kettering, discuss what a new definition would mean.

Segment Guests

Larry Norton

Larry Norton is the deputy physician-in-chief for breast cancer programs and medical director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, New York.

Laura Esserman

Laura Esserman is director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, California.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.