I have found that unless one has had a really CLOSE brush with cancer, either as a patient or engaged on a daily basis with a patient, knowledge of this evil disease is cursory at best. Perhaps this documentary will change that: Emperor of All Maladies: A History of Cancer- on PBS Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 9.
The excellent Pulitzer Prize-winning book on which this documentary is based was a real eye opener for me....I was reading it at the same time I was first diagnosed with cancer. I had to put the book aside for a while and then again when I had a recurrence.
Knowing how complex cancer is, I never use the words "cure" or "miracle" - nor do most doctors. This article has the brutal truth about why
So many mutations, so many variations.....even targeted therapy, such a popular topic now, only provides, on average, an extra few months of life. I remember the hoopla years ago about laetrile and interferon, drugs that were supposed to cure cancer. It is very sad that this disease is so wily and insidious that very little progress has been made in its treatment. "Cut, poison, and burn" - still the most-used methods to deal with cancer.