David and Tatt:
Yes, I see where my comment could certainly be read that way. That's actually not what I meant.
Look, the name of the game for those of us with cancer is to get a cure now or, if we get beyond that chance, hopefully delay the beast until a cure comes along.
To my way of thinking, the most OPTIMISTIC part of the article for those of us who don't get a cure now is the idea that the results of this research will lead to a cure.
Yes, the idea of identifying whether or not a cancer is aggressive would be a HUGE move forward. In fact, the lack of such identification is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of getting a PC dx.
Even bigger would be a cure.
If this does lead to a cure (I know, that's a HUGE LEAP), how long would it take?
How long does it take from a lab breakthrough to an actual drug, in those few cases where they get an actual drug. How long did it take to develop Provenge or any of the other new drugs that seem to be coming out?