The First Cell #552

February 23, 2020

This week we take a closer look at what cancer is, how it works, and what makes it so hard to treat without shying away or ignoring the human experience of cancer for patients and their families. We talk with Dr Azra Raza, oncologist, Professor of Medicine, Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University, and author of the new book "The First Cell and the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last".


  • Azra Raza

Guest Bios

Azra Raza

Dr Azra Raza is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University. She is an oncologist, seeing 30-40 cancer patients every week, and directs a cutting-edge basic cancer research lab with hundreds of original publications in high profile journals. In 2015, Dr. Raza was a member of the Founder Group designing Breakthrough Developments in Science and Technology with President Bill Clinton. On December 1, 2015, Dr. Raza was part of a core group of cancer researchers who met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the Cancer Moonshot initiative. She is a sought after speaker, and the author of "GHALIB: Epistemologies of Elegance" and "The First Cell and the Human Cost of Pursuing Cancer to the Last". Her life has been devoted to early detection and prevention of cancer.

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