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Comment #2878829 by healthicine

healthicine Sep 7th 2014, 5:26 AM #

We can’t cure cancer. No cancers are cured. There are survivors – people who survive cancer treatment, but there are no cures. The reason is trivial.

We have no way to measure a cancer cure, we can only measure survival. You can easily check the cancer statistics, and you can’t find statistics for cures – only for survival.We do not have a technical way to determine if a cancer is cured, and we do not have a definition of a cancer cure – that is different from a definition of cancer treatment survival. If cancer cure is not defined, it can’t be found. And cancer cure is not defined. No-on is looking for cancer cures (patients who cured their cancer). If you cure your cancer, or someone cures your cancer, there is no way to prove it, there is no-one to report it to, and it will not be counted. There is no box to check that says ‘cured’.

Now maybe, there is a way to cure cancer. I believe in “if you think you can, you can”. And there may be many patients whose cancer has been cured. But there are none that are recognized. There are none that are counted.

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