From The War On Cancer To The Moonshot: ‘What’s Different Now Is Everything’

This story is part of our “This Moment In Cancer” series.

Nearly a half-century separates the Obama administration’s Cancer Moonshot from President Richard Nixon’s War on Cancer. But Greg Simon, the moonshot’s inaugural director, says the two programs are really one marathon effort.

“We’re not starting a new war on cancer,” says Simon, a former corporate executive who has a type of blood cancer. “We’re trying to finish the one we’ve been in. What’s different now is everything.”

Simon reflects the general bullishness among cancer cognoscenti about the prospects for a great leap forward in cancer care. That fresh enthusiasm is why we’re launching a series to capture the excitement that permeates cancer research labs and clinics in Boston — long an epicenter of cancer research.

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