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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 16
  August 5, 2011
Decker Lecture Explores Problems In Childhood Growth
Collins, Young People Take in U2 Concert
NLM Ready to Save Books in Times of Disaster
OHR Hosts First ‘HR Clinic’ Event
National Children’s Study To Host Scientific Exchange at NIH
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Telling Cancer’s Human Story
Pulitzer Winner Mukherjee Constructs History of Cancer

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee
In recent years, science has made astounding progress in cancer treatment and prevention. But in the midst of these technological advancements, oncologist and author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee asks his colleagues to remember one key point: “Ultimately, the story of cancer is a human story. It’s a story about patients.”

In his lecture on June 15, he spoke, as a special guest of NCI, on “Constructing a History of Cancer.” Mukherjee, of Columbia University, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for his non-fiction book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

Mukherjee said that a patient was his inspiration. This patient, battling a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, had tried several treatments but relapsed each time. “I’m willing to go on with all of this,” she told him after one relapse, “but you have to tell me what I’m fighting.”

The Royal We
Kings Are Among Us at NIH

Royalty from two regions in Cameroon, Africa, work at NIH.
Royalty from two regions in Cameroon, Africa, work at NIH.
Some 5,900 miles from here, in the northwestern region of Cameroon, Africa, two kingdoms are missing the physical presence of their kings (or fons, as they are known in Cameroon). But their loss is NIH’s gain—at least temporarily. Fon Kennedy Nganjo, ruler of Njirong, and His Royal Highness Raymond Kangnsen Buhmbi, fon of Kesu-Wum, work at NIH with security contractor MVM Inc.

So, how did NIH come to have royalty on its workforce?