In the past 50 years, tremendous progress has been made in the early diagnosis of cancer. In that period of time, tremendous progress had been made in the surgical ability to remove tumors. Tremendous progress has been made in the use of radiation and chemotherapy in their ability to shrink or destroy tumors. But, the survival time of the cancer patient today is no greater than it was 50 years ago. What does this mean? It obviously means that we are treating the wrong thing.
Philip Binzel, . , Alive and Well , Chapter 14