The Blind Men & The Elephant
This episode picks up the story in the wake of the declaration of a “war on cancer” by Richard Nixon in 1971. In the lab, rapid progress is made in understanding the essential nature of the cancer cell, leading to the revolutionary discovery of the genetic basis of cancer. However, it is not until the late 1990s that the advances in research begin to translate into more precise targeted therapies. The episode intertwines the contemporary story of Dr. Lori Wilson, a surgical oncologist who is diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in both breasts.