When I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in November 2008, one of the inevitable questions I asked was, "How did I get this?"
My doctor, one of the most brilliant researchers in this field, said it is a mystery. In fact, much about lymphoma and other cancers is a mystery.
Researchers in British Columbia are beginning to unlock some of these doors, however. Over the weekend, scientists with the B.C. Cancer Agency published their findings on how they have unlocked "spelling mistakes" in the DNA of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (what I had) and follicle lymphoma (an incurable form of cancer).
While the findings are not the magical cure we all hope for, they are an important step in that direction.