From AACR 2011: Good News, Bad News

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .

It has been an amazing day here in Orlando at the AACR Annual Meeting.

The cancer research that is going on is breaking new and very important ground. We are unraveling the secrets of cancer from deep within the cell, even to the tiny telomeres that cap the ends of chromosomes.

Thousands of researchers are sharing what they are doing in their labs in talks and posters and there is no doubt that we are on the brink of startling innovation in our understanding of cancer that presents very opportunity for conquering it — for preventing it, treating it, curing it.

As AACR President, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn says, “We are making it happen.”

Yet, it is the worst of times . . . with severe cutbacks in funding threatened.

There are cuts in the budget for this year being discussed right now, and more cuts for next year.

Young researchers are facing very small chances that their studies will be funded by the NCI — and they are doing the work of the future.

Our members of Congress need to hear from us that Cancer Research Saves Lives, and we want it paid for!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…

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