Looking back: A note from Team Oncobites

So do we have a cure for cancer anytime soon? A question that every cancer researcher has probably faced multiple times in social situations. Cancer touches most of our lives, in one way or another. As cancer researchers, we consider it a privilege to be able to study the menacing disease that we are far from declaring victory against. We wanted to share our enthusiasm with you, tell you about the latest roadblocks and successes of cancer research, and assure you that the fight is on!

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From our personal experiences, we knew that digging through dense and jargon-heavy academic literature to extract information is not easy. We saw a gap in communicating the science of cancer, and we wanted to create a resource easily accessible to our community. We put together a team of scientists around a cancer research science communication blog. Our goal was simple. To summarize significant scientific developments into bite-sized articles. We called it Oncobites.  

2018 was a big year for us. We started rolling out stories in April, and this fall we were fortunate enough to begin publishing twice a week, something we’re very proud to have done. Since April, we have brought you 55 articles, written by 20 individual authors, on scientific research about the impact of the microbiome on cancer growth, how food affects your risk of cancer, how scientists are trying to get treatments into the brain, socioeconomic impacts on cancer, and new cancer treatments and diagnostic tools, among many others. Our contributors have shared science via articles, cartoons, artwork, and plays. We have reached readers in 75 countries across the world. And we could not have done these things without you, our readers. This holiday season, we want to thank you for your support in 2018, and we hope that we continue to earn your support in 2019.

Best wishes to everyone in the New Year, and happy holidays to all.

Manisit, Sara, and all of the contributors at OncoBites

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