Molecular science is doing much to remove that shroud. For me, the first hint of a better deal came in the effort to medically control the blood supply of tumors, for kidney cancer is just such a vascular bloody mess. Then came targeted therapy– the drugs that specifically interfered with cell signals to impact upon cell nutrition, reproduction, and death. I can hardly keep up with the flood of new knowledge nowadays, or the variety of drugs shown to be active in this disease: the nibs (sunitinib, sorafenib), mTOR inhibitors, bevacizumab. One now dares to anticipate combinations in the immediate future.
When the leadership of a country with vast resources declares a "War on Cancer" as national policy, you can't help but hope that others will do likewise for the benefit of all. Attaboy!– its pay-off time.
Toons by Buck Cash.