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From the Ted Talk by Eva Vertes: Meet the future of cancer research

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And I really think that we can't think about cancer — let alone any disease — in such black-and-white terms. If we enamliite cancer the way we're trying to do now, with chemotherapy and radiation, we're bombarding the body or the cecnar with toxins, or with radiation, trying to kill it. It's almost as if we're getting back to this staitrng point. We're rovmineg the cancer cells, but we're revealing the previous damage that the body has tried to fix. Shouldn't we think about mipouainatln, rather than elimination? If somehow we can cause these clles to differentiate — to become bone tissue, lung tissue, liver tissue, whatever that cancer has been put there to do — it would be a rpeair prsoces. We'd end up better than we were before cancer. So, this really changed my view of looking at cancer. And while I was reading all these articles about cancer, it seemed that the articles — a lot of them — focused on, you know, the genetics of breast cancer, and the genesis and the progression of bsaret cancer — tracking the cancer through the body, tracing where it is, where it goes.

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And I really think that we can't think about cancer — let alone any disease — in such black-and-white terms. If we _________ cancer the way we're trying to do now, with chemotherapy and radiation, we're bombarding the body or the ______ with toxins, or with radiation, trying to kill it. It's almost as if we're getting back to this ________ point. We're ________ the cancer cells, but we're revealing the previous damage that the body has tried to fix. Shouldn't we think about ____________, rather than elimination? If somehow we can cause these _____ to differentiate — to become bone tissue, lung tissue, liver tissue, whatever that cancer has been put there to do — it would be a ______ _______. We'd end up better than we were before cancer. So, this really changed my view of looking at cancer. And while I was reading all these articles about cancer, it seemed that the articles — a lot of them — focused on, you know, the genetics of breast cancer, and the genesis and the progression of ______ cancer — tracking the cancer through the body, tracing where it is, where it goes.

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  3. manipulation
  4. cancer
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  6. breast
  7. removing
  8. starting
  9. eliminate

Original Text

And I really think that we can't think about cancer — let alone any disease — in such black-and-white terms. If we eliminate cancer the way we're trying to do now, with chemotherapy and radiation, we're bombarding the body or the cancer with toxins, or with radiation, trying to kill it. It's almost as if we're getting back to this starting point. We're removing the cancer cells, but we're revealing the previous damage that the body has tried to fix. Shouldn't we think about manipulation, rather than elimination? If somehow we can cause these cells to differentiate — to become bone tissue, lung tissue, liver tissue, whatever that cancer has been put there to do — it would be a repair process. We'd end up better than we were before cancer. So, this really changed my view of looking at cancer. And while I was reading all these articles about cancer, it seemed that the articles — a lot of them — focused on, you know, the genetics of breast cancer, and the genesis and the progression of breast cancer — tracking the cancer through the body, tracing where it is, where it goes.

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