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In spite of the enormous informational input about cancer/carcinogenesis since the 1970th, the possibility nowadays to sequence entire genomes of human cancer cells, the knowing of key signaling pathways in tumor progression in humans, Weinberg noticed recently: „The campaign to conquer cancer has only begun.“ (Weinberg 2007)
Against the obvious fact, that main questions of cancer research are poorly resolved, the central goal of the congress is to look at these questions from a „relational“ point of view, that means to look at the important „communicational“ impact of questions like:

• How can we find a better understanding concerning the cancer cell's ability, to create metastases, which are the reason for cancer mortality in more than 90% ?

• How can we „fit up“ the imperfect understanding of the relationship between the immune system and the prevention of cancer?

• What are central aspects, to get a clearer understanding concerning the „complex communicative acting“, the “processing strategies” of cancer cells, cancer organs, while we know a lot of singular signaling pathways on the molecular level of human cells?

• In which relation are multidimensional opposite communicative elements in the context of carcinogenesis (on the one hand elements of most extensive communication and revealing on the other hand malfunctioning communication respectively communication denial) to be seen?

• Which communicational consequences are connected with the more and more evident fact, “that cancer is actually a disease of tissues, in particular, the complex tissues that we call tumors [and the fact, that] the grand simplifications agreed upon a generation earlier by cancer researchers had begun to lose their utility” (Weinberg 2007)?

• Or the evident finding, that no single factor or mechanism “could bring about a frank tumor” (Trosko 2004)? A special goal for this congress would be therefore, to determine the extent of (communicative) knowledge cancer cells have of itself and how they utilize this knowledge in a 'thoughtful' manner when challenged (McClintock 1984).

Another goal is to discuss fundamental different ideas of (communicational) development in carcinogenesis, reminding the circumstance, that an understanding of carcinogenesis has to be seen as a cultural act – given that there is more than one interpretative pattern available (Rehmann-Sutter 2006).
The ultimate purpose of this congress show Trosko et al. (2004), summarizing the challenge of today’s cancer research, citing Hanahan and Weinberg (2000): „...The cancer problem will be practicing a dramatically different type of science than we have experienced over the past 25 years. Surely much of this change will be apparent at the technical level. But ultimately, the more fundamental change will be conceptual".


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