Azra Raza’s First Cell Center wants to take a different approach to fighting cancer: Detect the fire before it spreads

The sum­mary of azra’s in­ter­view on the pod­cast, mind­scape:

In the United States, more than one in five deaths is caused by can­cer. The med­i­cal com­mu­nity has put enor­mous re­sources into fight­ing this dis­ease, yet its causes and best treat­ments con­tinue to be a puz­zle. Azra Raza has been on both sides of the pa­tient’s bed, as she puts it — both as an on­col­o­gist and ex­pert in the treat­ment of Myelodis­plas­tic Syn­drome (MDS), and as a wife who lost her hus­band to can­cer. In her new book, The First Cell, she ar­gues that we have placed too much em­pha­sis on treat­ing can­cer once it has already de­vel­oped, and not nearly enough on catch­ing it as soon as pos­si­ble. We talk about what can­cer is and why it’s such a difficult dis­ease to un­der­stand, as well as dis­cussing how pa­tients and their loved ones should face up to the challenges of deal­ing with can­cer.

I found the mind­scape epi­sode com­pel­ling, I’d recom­mend it as an in­tro­duc­tion to Azra and her pro­ject.

From Azra’s site

[The fo­cus of my re­search now, is] Ul­ti­mately, to de­velop im­plantable de­vices that mon­i­tor and de­tect the first cells through con­stant surveillance of healthy in­di­vi­d­u­als from birth to death
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