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Fundamental Understandings

How Cancer Spreads

Tumor cells roam the body by evading the controls that keep normal cells in place. That fact offers clues to fighting cancer

By Erkki Ruoslahti

Causes and Prevention

Strategies for Minimizing Cancer Risk

Simple, realistic preventive measures could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year in developed countries alone

By Graham A. Colditz, Nancy E. Mueller and Walter C. Willett

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy a Risk?

By Nancy E. Davidson

Toward Earlier Detection

Advances in Cancer Detection

Tests to look for the presence of a tumor before any symptoms appear may save more lives than new drug therapies do

By David Sidransky

Advances in Tumor Imaging

New tools yield a three-dimensional view inside the body and automated advice on interpreting the anatomical landscape

By Charles A. Pelizzari and Maryellen L. Giger

Should Women in Their 40s Have Mammograms?

By Gina Maranto

Improving Conventional Therapy

Advancing Current Treatments for Cancer

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can now cure many cases of cancer. Future methods will be even more effective

By Everett E. Vokes and Samuel Hellman

When Are Bone Marrow Transplants Considered?

By Karen Antman

Therapies of the Future

Immunotherapy for Cancer

As knowledge about the immune system grows, scientists are devising ways, using the body's own defenses, to attack cancer

By Lloyd J. Old

New Molecular Targets for Cancer Therapy

Investigators are exploiting the characteristic molecular abnormalities of cancers in new approaches to treatment

By Allen Oliff, Frank McCormick and Jackson B. Gibbs

Living with Cancer


Cancer patients today have many options for easing distress. These interventions may not prolong life, but they can improve its quality

By Jimmie C. Holland

Alternative Cancer Treatments

Miraculous cures are a myth, but some regimens may well improve the quality of life for patients

By Jean-Jacques Aulas

Controlling the Pain of Cancer

Despite enormous advances in treating pain, many cancer patients still suffer needlessly. Some simple practices can make a difference

By Kathleen M. Foley

What Are Obstacles to Ideal Care?

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Finding More Information


  • Letters to the Editors, September 1996

  • Hiv's Achilles' Heel

  • In Brief, September 1996

  • Smog From Space

  • For Your Eyes Only?

  • Making Headway against Cancer

  • How Cancer Arises

  • What Causes Cancer?

  • Chemoprevention of Cancer

  • Does Screening for Prostate Cancer Make Sense?

  • Twelve Major Cancers

  • Fighting Cancer by Attacking its Blood Supply

  • Reviews and Commentaries--Moral Kin?

  • From the Editor

    Reasons for Hope

  • Anti Gravity

    Put a Sock on It

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Thermal Vision, Views of Boston from the Sky and Trains in France

  • Wonders

    Neptune, Velikovsky and the Name of the Game

  • Profile

    Envisioning Speech

  • Mathematical Recreation

    The Interrogator's Fallacy

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Pleasures of Exploring Ponds

  • Science and the Citizen

    Cosmic Puffery

  • Mysterious Maladies

  • By the Numbers

    World Birth-Control Use

  • Working Knowledge

    Working Knowledge on Freeze Drying

  • Connections


  • Cyber View

    The Internet is Learning to Censor Itself

  • Field Notes

    A Day at the Armageddon Factory

  • Technology and Business

    Alarming Nets

  • New Chip off the Old Block

  • Artificial Blood Quickens

  • Recently Netted....

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September 1996

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