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Chapter 12: Setting New Expectations [3:45]

Progress against cancer has been a succession of small victories. Those who die are just as strong as the "survivors."

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Transcript: Chapter 12 - Setting New Expectations

RASHMI RAO: Alright, it's all ready. I'll take it, go ahead.

VINAY CHAKRAVARTHY: I go in twice a week since I've been out, and they just draw your blood, and they make sure that your white blood cell count is normal; you know, your platelets are normal, and uh, just looking at the trend of these counts, like, your red blood cells, also...

JACQUES CARTER: The key for African-Americans is being able to pick this cancer up early. That's the key. The key is, as all of you already know, that we have twice the mortality, at least twice the mortality of whites. A lot of that has to do with, uh, delayed diagnosis, picking it up late.

GEORGE DEMETRI: Open your mouth for me.

GEORGE DEMETRI: I think many of us grew up in the era of "the war on cancer." And when there's a war, maybe one day you'll wake up and there's a peace treaty, and the war is over. That's not [the right expectation here.

GEORGE DEMETRI: We had three breast cancer patients out of 24 patients. Do we know anything about their pi3 kinase status yet?

GEORGE DEMETRI: What's more likely to happen in this era of smart drugs and targeted therapies is that we will see the war won, one battle at a time, one type of cancer, one group of patients at a time.

JENNIFER RILEY: I guess every drug I've been on, I've, I have been lucky for a little while at least ...that they've worked. So it's not like I keep trying these drugs and they're not working at all. I don't see it like that--others may--because I've been on ten to twelve different things. But they...they all worked for a certain amount of time.

FAITH MIDDLETON: But does it look like it's going to be not, quote-unquote, "curing cancer," but managing people's cancer?

DAVID NATHAN: Controlling cancer, that's right. We may not cure people, but we will give them a good life. They'll be able to go about their business and be with their families and enjoy themselves. Uh, they won't necessarily be totally free of cancer.

JAMIE KLAYMAN: Think I'm gonna strike out?



JESSICA WARREN: That was a good one!


JAMIE KLAYMAN: I've thought about the term of "cancer survivor" but I feel now there should be some term, you know, for the people that struggle that don't survive or don't make it through. I mean, they're trying as hard, so it almost - it almost seems like an unfair terminology now that I look at it. I mean, I would hate for people to think that those people that don't survive didn't want to, didn't have the will to survive.

JAMIE KLAYMAN: Ok, Sydney run to first, run to first.

EDDIE KLAYMAN: You dropped the ball!

NORMAN KLAYMAN: Okay, that's it. The game's over.

JAMIE KLAYMAN: Ready? 1, 2, 3...

KLAYMAN FAMILY: ...go team.

JOSHI RADIN: Uh, Red Sox. Uh, Red Sox. Big Red Sox. That's beautiful.

EDDIE KLAYMAN: You want Ros' hair to be flowing?

JAMIE KLAYMAN: Need more hair.

JOSHI RADIN: Umm... That's a great one.

STEVE WARREN: That's a compliment.

EDDIE KLAYMAN: Because we don't have any - I don't have any hair. Very little.

JOSHI RADIN: You wear it well. Beautiful.

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