Cancer cure is ‘pipe dream’, says world renowned doctor


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A cosmos renowned cancer specialist says finding a cure for the disease is a ‘wind dream’

Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee, 47, won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2011 for his soft-cover The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography Of Cancer. 

He told Desert Island Discs how the intricacies of the malady make it unlikely that we will ever be able to eradicate it explicitly. 

Dr Mukherjee is the Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Mid-point in New York and studied at Stanford, Oxford and Harvard. 

The father-of-two said: “This infirmity, I think, is not going away. The idea that we will erase it from the impertinence of human history I think is a pipe dream. It is part of us, not only in a cultural way, but it is get of us in a biological way. 

The fundamental of the disease is so locked in with the rule of who we are

Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee

“That’s not to be nihilistic about the treatment of cancer but it is to recognise that on the whole of the complexity of treating cancer is that there are very few diseases where the axiom of the disease is so locked in with the fundamental of who we are.” 

Despite this, he still speak withs a positive future for cancer treatment. 

He said: “In the next 10 years we are universal to try to deploy [what we have learned about cancer] and it is like spending on the edge of an experiment. We are going to ask the question if we do this systematically in cancers can we learn to entertain cancers in a more rational and reasonable way.” 

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Cancer adept Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr Mukherjee’s more recent work is in the world of genetics and he has labeled genetic tampering as “one of the most dangerous ideas in history”. 

His castaway footmarks included Respect by Aretha Franklin, the complete works of George Orwell was his soft-cover choice and a microscope was his luxury item. 

lDesert Island Discs is on BBC Ghetto-blaster 4 today at 11.15am.

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