Cure for Cancer?

18 Jun

I visited a friend a few weeks ago, and he and his father were talking about how cancer research is a conspiracy theory, and about how the government has already found a cure for cancer, but they won’t share it because the money is in the treatment and not the cure. They said, knowing about my condition and my father’s condition, that they would never donate money to cancer research. I hate when people say things like this, because there are so many scientists slaving away in their labs trying to cure this awful disease. So many people don’t know that even two people with the same kind of cancer have essentially two different diseases because their bodies work differently and respond to drugs differently. They’re different on a cellular or molecular level, and so the treatment should be tailored to the individual. This makes finding a cure that much harder, because it’s not one cure we’re looking for. It’s not 1 cure for each cancer. Who knows how many different kinds there really are? In the meantime, scientists are making huge headway in coming up with better treatments for cancers than what existed before. Many of these new treatments are less toxic, because they are more directed at the cancer cells due to more specific properties of the cells. I tried to share this information with my friend and his father, but they did not want to hear it. It’s people like this, people who do not listen to the other side of things, that make it harder to get the funding needed to try to find better treatments and even cures.

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2 Responses to “Cure for Cancer?”

  1. Cancer Curmudgeon June 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM #

    As much as I love conspiracy theories, the “gov’t already has a cure for cancer” is one I don’t buy. There is just too much money to be made by the medical/pharma industry, and while that is also an argument for the “already have a cure” theory, if we pay nearly anything to prolong life, would we not pay even more for cures?

    • BcomingFree June 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM #

      Unimaginable sums of money. And finding the cure to one type of cancer may not yield much lower profits if it’s so specific to the person’s molecular make-up.

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