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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

Town Hall’s Science series is dedicated to understanding the world around us. Whether we’re hearing from a legendary physicist or a UW graduate student, the Science series explores math, biology, chemistry, the environment, and so much more.

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Dec 17, 2019

According to oncologist Azra Raza, we have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet—a few innovations notwithstanding—a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one’s life at agonizing physical and financial cost. In her book The First Cell, Raza offered a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, and how we can do better. In conversation with Leroy Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology, Raza presented a deeply moving account of the terrible burden of being her own husband’s oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia. Raza delved into the difficulties of treating cancer, offering every perspective from medical to scientific, cultural to personal. Listen in with Raza and Hood for a world-class oncologist’s devastating and deeply personal examination of cancer, and perspectives from an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.

Azra Raza, MD is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director, MDS Center at Columbia University. In addition to publishing widely in basic and clinical cancer research, Raza is also the co-editor of the highly acclaimed website

Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, is Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder, and Professor at the Institute for Systems Biology. He has made many seminal discoveries in the fields of immunology, neurobiology, cancer biology and biotechnology, and has been a leader in the development of systems biology and its applications to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. Recorded live in The Forum on November 12, 2019.