Why is progress in cancer research so painfully slow? According to an article in the NYTimes by Gina Kolata, the blame falls on the system used today to fund research. Grant monies are directed at studies that are likely to make small, incremental improvements, at best.
From my vantage as physician-survivor, it seems we can't see the forest for the trees. So before launching into discussions on why today's research system is in trouble and what we can do about it, let's take a step back and review a few fundamental truths: