59. Azra Raza: The First Cell / A New Focus in the Fight Against Cancer

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Our conversation spans Dr. Raza’s acclaimed book The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

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Azra helps make both a passionate and informed argument for how and why the way society currently attempts to alleviate the plight of cancer needs to shift. 

We discuss everything from the narratives and circumstances that afflict late stage cancer patients, to the natural frustration that arises from the lack of improvements over the past few decades in treating late stage cancer.

Azra asks why we are not directing more funding and research towards studying and innovating methods that work to improve early detection. All the while she simultaneously unearths the near universally agreed upon problems in the cancer care ecosystem. 

Dr. Azra Raza
Dr. Azra Raza

Azra is a professor of medicine and director of the MDS center at Columbia University. 

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

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