Seeking the Cure: Money Could Be Spent Better

Seeking the Cure: Money Could Be Spent Better
Protect the Pecs, Steve Del Gardo Everyone wants The Cure. I am not talking about the pop music group from the late '80s/early '90s, even though they had some great hits. I am talking about the cure for cancer. Everyone is asking "Where is the cure?" I do not have an answer and I do not believe there will be one in my lifetime. The reason I say this is because I don't know who will have the deciding vote on which cancer should be cured first. Think about it. Of all the cancers in the world, which one should get the funds needed to get the first cure? Can you just imagine the protests when someone or some group decides to use the cure exclusively? If there ever is a cure, then it should be available to all. But that will never happen. There isn’t a magic bullet and we need to stop crying about it. There are about 100 different types of cancer. So, do we put all of our efforts and funding into finding a cure for the 10 mostly deadly cancers, and just forget about the rest? I believe we are losing the battle to find a cure. We need to accept that today's science isn’t up to par to handle the unpredictability of cancer cells' growth. So, instead of crying for the cure, we should focus on better therapies, medicine, facilities and many more practical ways to fight cancer. Consider this excerpt from a 2010 article by Amanda Chan that was published in Live Science“About $200 billion has been spent on cancer resea
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  1. Wanda Northam, MD says:

    The same first -line chemotherapeutic agents for breast and ovarian cancer are the same now as when my husband and I were residents in 1987, we found out much to our chagrin when I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer last year. Pitiful. SAD. Ridiculously minimal progress made in the last 30 years. We do need to focus on cure for cancers with poor prognoses (50% death rate or more in 5 years) and support for those living with cancer otherwise. And need to stop treating precancerous DCIS like cancer. IT IS NOT CANCER (similar to solar keratosis or actinic keratosis of the skin and its predisposition to skin cancer IF not removed) and tens of thousands of women every year are mutilated by mastectomy when lumpectomy is appropriate, and subjected to unnecessary life-threatening and humiliating chemotherapy for no benefit. Lumpectomy plus hormone manipulation is appropriate therapy for any DCIS that is estrogen receptor positive. More aggressive therapy MAY be considered for Her2 + or the unfortunate Triple Negative diagnosis, but these patients are not the most common. The time for change in approach to breast disease IS NOW.

    • Rod Ritchie says:

      Well put Wanda. As a male breast cancer survivor, my mission is to educate the medical profession to diagnose guys earlier. And to the pink charities I say: increase awareness in the community that males can get this disease too from the current 30% to the 100% that, of course, we know that women get breast cancer.

      I wish you well in your treatment for TN BC.

  2. Kate Garbo says:

    Easy for you to say you don’t want a cure when you aren’t stage 4 (as I am).
    When your cancer returns in the form of an incurable metastasis, I’m willing to bet you will change your mind.

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