On December 7, 2014 the TV show 60 Minutes (CBS) aired a very interesting story (narrated by Dr. Sanjay Gupta) interview about an amazing sounding man, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shing. To describe him as a genius would be an unfair understatement.

Dr. Soon-Shing is a billionaire who has already invested about $1 billion dollars of his own personal funds in the fight against cancer. However, he is a researcher/ doctor who is thinking out of the box on many different fronts in the fight against cancer. These fronts include how to label cancer cells, circulating tumor cells, metastases, and sequencing cancer tumors to look at similarities in mutations and how it determines outcomes. He then hopes to develop treatment appropriate to specific mutations.

He is an example of an out of the box cowboy who seems very much to have his feet on the ground. His interview is available at:


This brief video clip is well worth giving a listen.

Joel T Nowak, M.A., M.S.W.