In a recent interview with Brown University's Eli Adashi on Medscape One on One, National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus marked the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, which started the so-called "war on cancer." But Varmus says the metaphor is outdated and doesn't convey what cancer researchers and clinicians are doing today. Cancer is not a single disease, but rather is a "constellation of diseases," Varmus tells Adashi.

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