The average consumer believes our medical community is diligently working hard to develop the Cure for cancer. We even reinforce this belief by attaching the word, “Cure” to numerous events (ex. Susan G Komen’s “Race For The Cure.”) In reality, medical science is working on developing treatments designed to treat cancer as a chronic disease rather than eliminating it as a threat to society.
IS THIS SIMPLY A BIASED OPINION?
NO! Treating rather than curing disease leads to an expanding population of patients. According to the literature found at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM),
“it is estimated that within two decades, cancer rates will double to approximately 22 million cases.”
REFERENCE: Sacristan, J.A., Lizan, L., Comellas, M. et al. Adv Ther (2016) 33: 2059. doi: 10 1007/s12325-016-0415-5
This statement alone demonstrates the reality that RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY and CHARITABLE FUND RAISING over the next 20 years will NOT be enough to prevent the DOUBLING of cancer cases diagnosed!
If our health care professionals recognize this truth, why does society blind itself to the recurring fallacy that a “cure for cancer is the GOAL?”
WHAT ABOUT INCREASING LIFE EXPECTANCY?
When we think in terms of treatment and survival, the two most popular numbers are 5 years and 10 years. The public assumes these values are the minimum standards medical treatments aim to achieve.
Although many of you know people who have exceeded these ranges and even survived their cancer diagnosis, the FACTS contradict chemotherapy as a successful treatment for the majority of those diagnosed with cancer.
Once again, the public has been misinformed about the TRUTH. Cancer drugs are approved for use that add as little as weeks to months to survival at a cost of $120,000 or more.
“Last year, ipilimumab (a cancer drug) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. The benefit in survival over and above standard treatment arms was 3.7 months in previously treated patients and 2.1 months in previously untreated patients. The cost: $120,000.00 for four doses. As staggering a figure as that is, the drug is hardly alone in its lofty price. We believe that the immense cost of contemporary cancer drugs signals even greater costs for future drugs.”
REFERENCE: Siddiqui M, Rajkumar SV. The High Cost of Cancer Drugs and What We Can Do About It. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2012;87(10):935-943. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2012.07.007
WHY ARE CANCER DRUGS SO EXPENSIVE?
According to this same Mayo Clinic Proceedings reference:
“Because most cancers are incurable (blackened and underlined for emphasis) patients are treated with each approved agent creating a virtual monopoly because the use of one drug does not automatically mean that the others are no longer needed.”
“The very nature of cancer and the seriousness of the diagnosis plays a role in that patients and physicians are often willing to pay the high price of treatment even for marginal improvements in outcome.” (blackened and underlined for emphasis)
“Although we have immensely increased our knowledge of cancer, there is still much more to learn. As such, most patients currently receiving chemotherapy will die of their disease.” (blackened for emphasis)
“Most cancers are not curable, (blackened for emphasis) and most approved cancer drugs work only for a limited time.”
“Although we believe that physicians seldom treat patients who do not need treatment, the system does create a financial incentive to not only administer chemotherapy but to also potentially choose a more expensive drug when there is a choice for a cheaper alternative.”
“…intravenous chemotherapy administration is reimbursed well… (blackened for emphasis)
“There is no requirement for a minimum or reasonable magnitude of benefit.” (to get the FDA to approve the drug) As long as a large enough sample size is used to create a “statistically significant prolongation of overall survival”, the drug is approved “even if it improves the life span only by a few days or weeks.” (blackened and underlined for emphasis)
If the Mayo clinics proceeding’s own words isn’t PROOF enough to show the lack of HONESTY and INTEGRITY in a majority of CHEMOTHERAPY treatments as well as the RESEARCH findings, what will it take to see the TRUTH?
Peter Wise (a former consultant physician at Charing Cross Hospital in London) stated,
“Chemotherapy-which is one of the cornerstones of cancer treatment and can be used alongside other targeted drugs or radiotherapy- has only been shown to extend life by a few months on average.”
“Instead of wasting money on these drugs, cash should be ploughed into “under-financed”areas that can actually extend survival, such as prevention…”
A senior researcher (Dr. Elias Mossialos) of the London School of Economics and Political Science reached the following conclusions:
“62 cancer drugs approved in the U.S. and Europe between 2003-2013 extended survival by an average of 3 1/2 months. Nearly a third of the drugs lacked evidence to suggest they increased survival when compared to alternative treatments.”
The best way to beat cancer is to avoid it. LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is the #1 method to reduce the chances; it is the one thing each of us is capable of CONTROLLING. It provides the body the best defense against ALL DISEASES including CANCER.
THIS IS THE TRUTHFUL REALITY!
Turning to oncologists for LONG TERM CURES has proven unreliable according to the research . Even MD Anderson’s own website states:
“We’re one of the largest cancer centers in the world. We’ve been working to eliminate cancer for more than six decades.“
SIXTY YEARS WITHOUT DISCOVERING A CURE!
Earlier in this article I shared, “it is estimated that within two decades, cancer rates will double to approximately 22 million cases.”
Not only are we not closer to finding a CURE, the actual number of cases are likely to double in the next 20 years.
If the facts in this article are not enough to:
SCARE YOU STRAIGHT
to CHANGE YOUR WAY OF LIVING, I hope you’re prepared for the likely diagnosis you may face as well as the chemotherapy treatments that commonly accompany this diagnosis reducing the quality of life, devastating one’s finances and FAILING to significantly extend LIFE in a majority of cases.
1 IN 2 MEN AND 1 IN 3 WOMEN WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.