The cancer research Ted Talk by Paula Hammond

Cancer is a frightening subject, mostly because the treatments involving surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation make us so uncomfortable, sick, and can take so very long. We never know if the treatment will work, how long it will be before the cancer returns or if we can afford the treatments.

Video 1 – Experiments that point to a new understanding of cancer

https://www.ted.com/talks/mina_bissell_experiments…

Video 2: A new super weapon in the fight against cancer

https://www.ted.com/talks/paula_hammond_a_new_supe…

Video 3: The future of early cancer detection?

https://www.ted.com/talks/jorge_soto_the_future_of…

Video 4: A new strategy in the war on cancer

https://www.ted.com/talks/david_agus_a_new_strateg…

Video 5: A new technique to save women’s lives from breast cancer

https://www.ted.com/talks/mihir_shah_a_new_techniq…

Video 6: Good news in the fight against pancreatic cancer

https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_indolfi_good_news_…

Video 8: Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)

https://www.ted.com/talks/tal_danino_we_can_use_ba…

Video 9: You can grow new brain cells. Here’s how

https://www.ted.com/talks/sandrine_thuret_you_can_…

Discussion questions:

1. Which of the above videos do you feel gives you the most comfort or hope against the war on cancer? Explain your answer. Is this because it relates to you or to someone you know who is already battling cancer?

2. Which of the above videos do you feel will be a technology that succeeds in the next decade and which can be implemented at doctor offices that you or your family might use? Explain why you think it is most likely to succeed and be used in this geographical location.

3. Which of the above videos do you feel will be least likely to succeed in the next decade and why it won’t be used at doctor offices? Why do you feel that way?

4. Which of the videos was the most surprising, or unexpected, or provided you with the most information which you can put to use today? Did you have an emotional reaction to one of them and if so, which video and what was that reaction? Explain your answer with specific examples. Did this video make you want to do more research on the topic?

answer numbered and separately!

 

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