Wellspring Edmonton, the Allard Foundation and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions were honoured to sponsor a lecture by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies and the newly released book The Gene.
The lecture was the first in the Allard Lecture Series—a series dedicated to bringing leading minds and advocates of cancer care and support to speak to the Edmonton community. Over 500 people attended the May 24 reception and lecture at the Citadel Theatre, with many bringing copies of Dr. Mukherjee’s book The Gene for signing.
Dr. Mukherjee is a master story-teller as well as a cancer expert, able to deal with the complexities of cancer science in everyday language. In his lecture, Dr. Mukherjee explained that while cancer is as old as human history, medical science has only in the last few decades begun to understand its very nature.
The emerging view in cancer research is that each kind of cancer is its own specimen. As a result, there is an active debate in the international medical community between standardized and precision cancer therapies. Further, as more innovative treatments yield more successes, the question of how to support patients as they return to their daily lives will become even more important.
Dr. Mukherjee noted cancer support programs and centres like Wellspring Edmonton will play an important role in the future of cancer care. Both Dr. Mukherjee’s lecture and the news that Wellspring Edmonton will open its doors in three months were very well-received by those in attendance.
See our gallery for highlights from the lecture.