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"The Two Technologies Changing the Future of Cancer Treatment" - Amanda Mull

  • The Atlantic Online
  • New York, NY
  • (June 25, 2019)

Chemotherapy is the most widely known and successful treatment for cancer in medical history, but it’s also infamous for its side effects. For millions of people, surviving cancer means hair loss, months of nausea, drastic weight loss, and extreme fatigue, among many other bodily reactions that can make the treatment process brutal. Now scientists are busy exploring better methods of treatment. “As an oncologist, I just couldn’t accept chemotherapy toxicity,” said Miriam Merad, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, hematology and medical oncology, and oncological sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We have an immune system that’s been shaped for millennia to fight against damage, and I thought that we should be able to use it to fight against cancer cells.”

—  Miriam Merad, MD, PhD, Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Oncological Sciences, Director, Precision Immunology Institute, Co-Director, Cancer Immunology Program, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, The Tisch Cancer Institute, Mount Sinai Health System

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