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Comment #333578 by Joe McCann

Joe McCann Apr 1st 2012, 7:10 PM #

Can researchers develop a mechanism to stop cell growth. Once a patient is diagnosed with cancer, the treatment will then stop the growth of the cells

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Explainer: Why can’t we cure cancer?

Explainer: Why can’t we cure cancer?

We pour millions into cancer research. So where is it actually getting us?

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    Favourite Sean Armstrong
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    Apr 1st 2012, 8:09 PM

    Most of the chemo drugs do just that, Joe. Unfortunately they target all growing cells as well e.g. hair, stomach lining, bone marrow etc. The newer drugs target specific cancer cells a bit better but cancers adapt all the time, so it’s very difficult!

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    Favourite Ross Bowe
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    Apr 2nd 2012, 8:37 PM

    Sean your words are a breath of fresh air, just as if I were cured of a respiratory disease by salt cave therapy….oh no wait

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    Favourite Gay Pea McManus
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    Apr 2nd 2012, 10:16 PM

    Still using 1940s cancer therapies however and that’s the bottom line. With all the billions invested, sophisticated technologies, banks of data, publications in prestigious journals, academic awards, international meetings, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, hyperbolomics, you guys still use chemical warfare agents on patients in 2012. That’s the reality and that’s a failure in my book. Of course you’ll continue cheerlead, your careers depend on public support for what you do, me however, I’m no longer invested in all this so you’ll forgive me if I don’t sing along enthusiastically.

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    Favourite Ross Bowe
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    Apr 2nd 2012, 11:35 PM

    Yeah you would be right if the data supported what you say but unfortunately it doesn’t. The fact is that cancer is eminently more treatable now than back in the 1940s when all forms of cancer were a death sentence. You’re wrong.

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