I think the reason hundreds of millions of dollars are spent into the search for cancer treatments because the act of diagnosis is denser than the search for early signs of cancer. So, what follows is the demand for treatment is higher than the demand for prevention. Another reason is because the process to approve preventative research is similar to a bureaucratic process. You would need to think of the best idea, go through peer review, find the best budget and the best way to fund. Dr. John Bailar in the PBS News Hour about “Cancer Treatment vs. Prevention” explains the prevention process, “One is to find out specific causes of individual cancers, individual forms of cancer, and get rid of them, such as turning away from the use of tobacco.”
Imagine a commercial airplane crashed and some of the people on board were killed. It would be on every major news outlet the next day. Now think about how we have the equivalent of 8-10 planes crashing every day killing every person on board with cancer. So why have we had so much time to find a cure, but haven’t been able to come up with one yet?
“One out of every four deaths in the U.S. is from cancer. About 1.2 million new cancer cases are diagnosed in the U.S. annually and about 564,000 Americans will die of it each year-- more than 1,500 people per day” (GrowthHouse). The real question is, what causes cancer? Is it all genetic or do things that we use in our everyday lives cause cancer? There are so many different ideas of what actually causes cancer. There has been a great deal of research in labs to see what increases the risk of someone getting diagnosed with cancer. Research has shown that the effects of chemicals in laundry detergent, sunscreen, hair dye and alcohol are possible causes of cancer.
“Lets not call cancer patients as patients, they are cancer fighters. They are brave hearts” - Vikrmn, Gura. Nowadays, you hear more and more people getting cancer(13). It is a stress that many people worry about. You worry if one of your parents will get it. You pray your children don't’ get it. It’s a constant worry. You watch television and you can get this horrible monster from microwaving your food, drinking bottled water, carrying your phone in your pocket, using deodorant, coloring your hair and much more. Finding a cure for cancer would be a prayer answered for many.
You offer a great point on other ways one can be classified as mature. I would insist that Wendy must be knowledgeable of chemotherapy, outside of her own personal experience, before committing to her decision. Having the experience of going through chemotherapy for several years assuredly gives Wendy insurmountable awareness of her illness. Although, even with her slight chance of remission, I do think her rationality would only benefit from reading the stories of others or obtaining more literature on her illness. This is not to say that her physicians are not expressing full information and helping her understand all the options. Sometimes hearing the same information from another person or in another manner can offer more insight
Tis means that the cancer cells are only growing in the most superficial layer of tissue, without growing into deeper tissues. This is also known as in situ cancer or pre-cancer.
The fall of 2014 was the absolute worst few months of my life. It started in the middle of September. My dad suddenly one day had a sharp pain in his side. He said he was fine, but my mom was not having that and got him to go to the hospital. The pain passed but that week they set up all kinds of scans to find out what was wrong. They figured out the pain was just gallstones. They thought they could just remove it, but that did not happen. In the same scan they found a mass in his chest. The doctors did not know what it was, so they came up with a few possibilities. A few weeks later, in the middle of October, they scheduled a surgical biopsy. Dr. Wallace, the surgeon, told us there were a few different outcomes from the surgery. I do not remember it all exactly, but I know there was one bad outcome and three others that were curable and they could fix right then and there. If it was one of the three things they could do a whole nother operation right there that day and remove it. The fourth was cancer.
Cancer. We all know someone who has suffered from it or has passed away because of it. Cancer now affects one in every three people, and is the second highest cause of death in the United States. For decades, the medical community has been on the hunt for a cure for cancer, and have been subjected to intense ridicule from the public because of a lack of progression toward a possible cure. In recent years, many scientists, doctors, researchers, and the general public have come to believe that the cure for cancer is being suppressed because of this lack of progress. Those who say it is suppressed claim that the drugs used to treat cancer actually cause cancer, making a patient sicker and sicker. As a result, the patients are forced to spend
How would one finish one’s life if he or she were only given six months to live? Brittany Maynard and Kara Tippetts answered this question in two very different ways. Both were too young to face death, but they could not escape their realities. Plagued by terminal cancer, they would suffer in a considerable amount of pain, ultimately ending in death. Maynard tried to lighten her experience by ending her life with medication to escape the full reality. News broadcasts and magazines highly publicized Maynard’s decision. On the other hand, Tippetts chose to live until her life naturally ended. However, her story was documented on the radio; in a book, The Hardest Peace; and her blog, “Mundane Faithfulness.” Although Maynard and Tippetts both suffered terminal cancer, they dealt with their circumstances, convictions, and choices differently.
How does it feel waking up to your body aching and going to the doctor numerous times a week all because you have cancer? How would it sound if there was a way that one could be treated just by taking pills — maybe three times a day? During my research about the wonderful cancer curing drug, I have noticed a few things. In the three articles about cancer, the main point in all of them was the fact that they all do the same thing — cure cancer in the human body. However, the only difference between the articles is that they refer to the cure as something different.
Brandon Stanton, the mind behind Humans of New York, has taken a couple weeks off from shooting in the streets of New York City to take photos and gather stories within the Pediatrics Department of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Center in New York City.
When I found out that my mother had cancer, I was in shock and did not know how to take everything in. She decided that her being diagnosed with cancer will be the best thing that ever happened to her, not the worst. At 37 years old my mother was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer. She discovered the cancer at a very early stage, which was very lucky and satisfying to hear. The way my mother discovered she had, it was an insane experience for the both of us. She started having pain in November of 2016 in her left armpit; she did not think of it as such a vast deal so she just ignored it. Nevertheless the pain got worse over time and eventually she went to see a doctor.
For years people have been looking for a cure for the devastating disease of cancer. Cancer is the third highest killer in the US with over 2,500,000 victims per year. Oncologists and scientists around the country are researching all forms of cancer in an effort to understand, treat, and ultimately defeat this disease. Already there have been numerous advances in the field, such as chemotherapy and gene therapy. One advance has been the use of a cell process known as apoptosis. By harnessing this normal cell process, scientists hope to have found an effective way to combat cancer.
There have been 3 cases of untreatable cancer in my family. The first time I had was aware of cancer is when my grandfather was diagnosed with bone cancer. My grandfather was a very happy man with such joy that being sad around him was almost impossible especially after his passing. Grandpa Ken was what I called him. losing my grandfather made life very difficult for my grandmother who has several physical troubles. He died when i was very young, but even at a young age his death impacted me heavily.
My dad got diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2014. It was a hard year for my family, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. Not even in my worst dreams did I ever see my dad having cancer. The man that I looked up to, and loved to pieces had cancer. I was devastated, I remember crying and being afraid that I was going to lose him to an incurable disease that lurked the lives of many.