From the Editor

Relapse, or Resurgence?

Charles Ryan
October 17, 2017

One of the biggest misconceptions in all of cancer care and oncology is the notion that a solid tumor ‘recurs’ after local therapy. If, as is often stated, ‘we got it all’ during surgery, then how can a cancer recur? The answer of course is that it was there all along. But that’s only the beginning of the story.


Dr. Charles J. Ryan, MD

Charles J. Ryan, MD

Charles J. Ryan, MD is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Urology and the Clinical Program Leader for Genitourinary Medical Oncology at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his MD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, where he also served as Chief Resident. He completed a fellowship in medical oncology in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York.

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