Why cancer treatment is fatally flawed

Why cancer treatment is fatally flawed

I am presenting another 90 minutes seminar on cancer next week.  In light of this I was heartened to read this stunner of an article from The Huffington Post today from Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., a board-certified radiologist, talking about how the current cancer model of treatment is broken, and has been for decades.  If you want an inside take from a breast cancer survivor and doctor then read this article.

Here is an interesting question “If even the most conservative experts confirm that at least 50% of cancer is preventable, and for many cancers it is more than 90% preventable, then why is the National Cancer Institute’s budget for basic science $2 billion, for treatment $1.3 billion, while only $232 million is spent on prevention?”

My favourite quotes from the article:

“…the medical treatment she received to “beat” breast cancer may well be responsible for the life-threatening condition she now faces.  To those of us in the medical field, this comes as no surprise.  The list of drugs that can cause myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is long - including mechlorethamine, or nitrogen mustard, etoposide, teniposide, chlorambucil cyclophosphamide, and doxorubicin, all of which are commonly-used chemotherapeutic agents”

 “My treatment imperils my health”

“Why is it that our current methods of cancer treatment consist of so many toxic drugs and radiation therapy that are capable of increasing our risk for developing second cancers?  Is this the best that we can offer cancer patients in 2012?  Think of it: More than 40 years after the war on cancer was declared by President Richard Nixon in 1971, we are not much closer to preventing the disease.  The National Cancer Institute has spent some $90 billion on research and treatment during that time.  When have Americans ever waged such a long, drawn-out and costly war, with no end in sight?  The evidence is clear: The system designed to study, diagnose and treat cancer in the United States is broken, and it is in urgent need of reform.  The solution, I believe, lies in a critical restatement of our mission.  Prevention of cancer should be a national goal”

As reported by huffingtonpost.com on June 20, 2012.

Full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaret-i-cuomo-md/cancer-prevention_b_1609446.html

Posted: Thursday 21 June 2012