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For George Coukos, one of the world’s foremost experts in immunotherapy, this is “an extraordinary moment in human history” when the word “cure” can be seriously used in relation to cancer, our most feared global killer.

Meanwhile, oncologist Bruce Johnson, the outgoing president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (Asco) and a 33-year veteran of the war against cancer, relishes the distance covered by his profession over the span of his career. He recalls that when he became a board-certified specialist in cancer medicine in 1985 “there were only about 10 to 15 drugs approved for all of oncology”.

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