?? Where Is The Cure ??
More than 200,000 women in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Over 40,000 of those women will die of the disease. Nearly 400,000 women will die of breast cancer...in the world. So many precious lives. It has been since 1971 that the war was declared on cancer...45 years. Though there has been advances in treatment, there still is no cure. Billions of dollars have been raised for research, in seeking the cure; however, to date, no one has yet been able to find out how a cell multiplies out of control. We can grow embryos in a petri dish. We can transplant organs from a deceased being and provide life to another. We can even transplant a new face from a donor to a recipent in need. We can eliminate every cell in the body and transplant stem cells...but...for some reason...we cannot find out what makes a cell multiply out of control.
WHERE IS THE CURE???!!!
I am perplexed in trying to comprehend how some women with breast cancer are being declared "cured" when there is no cure for cancer? This word "cured" seems to be tossed around so freely. Why are women being given this false security? False security may cause a woman to drop her guard, thinking she does not have to worry about having had breast cancer..."cured". If no cure for breast cancer has been found, where is the justification in informing a woman that she is "cured" of the disease? How does her physician explain it to her, if she has a recurrence, when she has already been told that she has been cured? It puts a false and potentially harmful face on breast cancer, in that breast cancer will not be taken as seriously as it should be. If there was a cure for breast cancer, women would not still be dying of the disease, on a daily basis.
Where is the fight for the cure??? I see the fight for prevention and early screening. I see the research for finding more drugs for women with positive receptors, allowing those women to have another 5 years of treatment available to them. That is truly a wonderful blessing; however, women who have negative receptors have not received that same attention. Once they finish chemotherapy and/or radiation, there is no more treatment for them. Where is the fight to help those women? I see the progress of better drug treatments...but they only treat the symptom of the disease, they do not cure it. Some drugs give us a little more time. What I do not see, however, is the fight for the cure and that is where we need to step in. If "they" are not going to do it...we will have to do it ourselves.
There has been some promising research that has been conducted by scientists, however, the research involved only lab studies. Human trials are expensive and if a scientist cannot get the funding for the study, a lot of potential cures fall by the wayside. For example, take the research conducted by Dr. Shamsuddin, on IP6, with Inositol Hexophosphate. In lab studies, IP6 was effective. The question is...will there be human studies for this natural substance, with so much potential? Another example...a researcher at a well known medical university has discovered a nontoxic cellular energy blocker that eliminates large liver tumors in rats. The results have been dramatic. Once administered, the cells begin to self-destruct almost immediately. The compound blocks cancer's fuel...glucose, and the cells die. Obtaining funding for human studies with this compound may be difficult, if a patent will not be realized. Also, the compound, 3-bromopyruvate, costs only pennies to manufacture. It is inexpensive and nontoxic. Though that study showed so much promise, for some reason it was halted. Rumors float. A few years ago, I watched a documentary that included a segment on a young child with a very rare cancer. The child was brought into remission with a particular drug that would no longer be made available once the current supply was exhausted. Why? According to the segment, no profit was realized in the manufacture of the drug, therefore, the manufacturer will discontinue making it. What is that saying??? Does this child have to die, now, because there was no profit in the manufacture of the drug that is able to help him? That should be unlawful. Who knows how many potential "cures" are out there that will never be realized? I think it would be so beneficial if some of our private donations are redirected to studies that are showing a lot of promise.
We must always remain in tuned to our bodies. We must always be an advocate for self. Learn all that you can learn about your disease so that you can better understand it. Learn all that you can learn so that you can converse with your physician, one on one, and be able to comprehend what he or she is telling you. Knowledge will allow you to be in a better position to make more informed decisions about your treatment, as well as to allow you to play a major role in your care. Knowledge will go far in helping you to relieve some of the fear and anxiety. If you do not feel comfortable in having that lump "watched" for six months...speak up. If they want to "watch" your lump...they can surgically remove it, put it in a specimen jar and "watch" it for as long as they wish. No lump belongs in your body. A delayed cancer diagnosis could cost lives. It happens. If you are uncomfortable with your Oncologist and feel that your Onc is not a match for you...find another. You have the right to do that. This is all about YOU and saving YOUR life and feeling well. No one will look out for you better than you will look out for yourself.
As far as the "cure" is concerned, we have not yet become angry enough. Anger is powerful. We are passive. We get through our treatments and try to move on to some semblance of normalcy. We make no noise. If there is no squeak, there is no notice and if there is no notice...there is no fix. WE have to start the fight for the cure. We can ALL do our part and thus the purpose of this website. I am attempting to do my part in bringing our fight to the forefront. Unite for the cure...please; for us, for our families and for our friends.
Disclaimer: Information presented within the pages of this website is, for the most part, that of my opinion and for informational purposes only and not to be used in place of the advice of your medical provider. You are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of your medical provider and to conduct your own research on any topic of interest, for fact finding.