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“Triangulation” – a military metaphor for the cocktail approach

A patient recently told me about this, a retired Air Force man who was versed in artillery:

“With respect to artillery, if you fire at a target from one fixed position, then the shells will go in a reasonably straight line and have one of three outcomes – either they will hit the target, will go further beyond the target, or will fall short.  But if you fire at the target from two or more different positions, you triangulate and that permits you to get a more accurate fix on hitting and destroying the target”

Similarly, when we “fire” one drug at a cancer, it could either hit or miss; but if we fire different treatments (from different positions, i.e. using treatments with different mechanisms of actions for example) at the same cancer, we “triangulate” and it will optimize the likelihood of hitting the target head on !

– Thanks Jacob !

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