He discussed the early research in identifying the disease and the hopes and strategies for finding a treatment.
The search for a cure and ways to attack the different types of cancers were reviewed in great detail.
Some very interesting and committed people have advanced the treatment of cancer and that research continues today.
Sidney Farber was an early pioneer of chemotherapy. His many trials and errors in regard to using chemicals to treat cancers, especially leukemia, have had a profound impact on cancer treatments.
William Halstead, a surgeon, thought that cancer could be best eradicated by surgical removal of the tumor(s) and introduced the radical mastectomy procedure. His techniques have been further refined by others with less intrusive methods.
The use of radioactivity and the sacrifices made by Pierre and Marie Curie represent further individual sacrifices which promoted other cancer treatments.
Since President Nixon first declared War on Cancer in the early '70s, we have been hoping to discover yet better treatments and possibly a cure for cancer.
It has been a most difficult war.
My grandmother died on February 5, 1977, from lung cancer, and I can still vividly remember that day the Emperor came to visit our home.
I hope one day soon we can defeat him, so he doesn't come back.
Lloyd "Pete" Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.