Can cancer treatment be simple and cheap?

Can cancer treatment be simple and cheap?

Currently, every tenth inhabitant of the planet is dying of cancer, and if these trends continue, by the end of the century every fifth or sixth person can die from these truly socially significant diseases.

Each year diagnosis “cancer” is received by over 10 million people, and almost 7 million die from this disease. According to the World Health Organization over the next 15 years, the patients with cancer worldwide could increase by 50%. The USA is one of three countries with the highest rates of cancer among the population.

Already it is known that 80-90% of malignant tumors are caused by certain environmental factors related to the lifestyle of the modern man. According to the data of WHO, the largest relative share is the diet, followed by smoking, reproductive and sexual behavior, alcoholism, pollution environment, excessive use of drugs and others.

Trade with hope

Many people who are sick or have relatives with cancer are wondering how to distinguish the true from the false hope of healing.

Well, we can offer one way – if the treatment needs a lot of money for your life – let an alarm in your head immediately rang. You will say – human life is the most precious and it is normal the treatment to be expensive, but it really has to be so expensive?

In the US, almost 50% of the population has no medical insurance. Some insurances don’t cover cancer, in which case, you will pay them personally. Not accidentally, sometimes families who have undergone treatment for such a disease can declare bankruptcy.

We present you some of the delusions spread about treating cancer.

Myth 1: There is a miraculous cure for cancer

From cannabis to enemas with coffee, the Internet is full of videos and personal anecdotes about “natural” and “miraculous” cures for cancer

In many cases, it is impossible to say whether patients who are telling these miraculous stories cure really cancer. Or what is their medical diagnosis, what was the stage of the disease, whether if any treatments are applied to them?

Conducting proper clinical studies allows scientists to prove that a future cancer treatment is completely safe and effective. The publication of these data allows physicians around the world to judge for themselves and use them for the benefit of their patients.

This is the standard to which must conform all who claim to have discovered methods for treating cancer.

Of course, nature is a source of potential drugs such as aspirin (derived from willow bark) and penicillin (mold).

But that does not want to tell you that you have to chew the bark of this tree to fight cancer.

Of course, people with cancer want to beat the disease with all possible means. And it is understandable to look for any ways to treat the disease. But our advice is to stay alerted when you hear of light, described as “miraculous” drug, especially if are trying to sell it to you.

Wikipedia, incidentally, has an excellent list of ineffective treatments for cancer are often mentioned as miracle cures.

Myth 2: Pharmaceutical mafia is hiding the cancer treatment

There is no doubt that the pharmaceutical industry has a number of problems with transparency and clinical researchers. But it is important to remember that the development and testing of new drugs cost a lot of money that companies need to recover. The problems with conventional medicine do not automatically prove that the alternative medicine “cures”. The fact that cars crash does not mean that flying carpets are an option for transport.

In the thesis that pharmaceutical companies have an interest in stopping potential treatment simply makes no sense. Finding a highly efficient therapy will guarantee huge sales worldwide.

As for the argument that the treatment cannot have a patent, it is weak. Pharmaceutical companies are not stupid. On the contrary, they orient themselves very quickly and would not miss promising opportunities for effective therapies.

The charities like Cancer Research UK and funded by government scientists are free to explore promising treatments without a profit motive.

Myth 3: Treatment of cancer kills more than heals

To be clear, the cancer treatment – whether surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy – is not a walk in the park. The side effects can be serious. Ultimately, therapies, which can kill cancer cells inevitably affect the healthy cells.

And sometimes, unfortunately, the treatment does not work.

We know it is very difficult to cure cancer at a late stage when it has spread throughout the body. Surgery is still the most effective treatment we have, provided when the disease is not diagnosed too late.

Chemotherapy and other methods have a very important role in cancer treatment – in some cases help to cure the disease, while in others help to prolong life.

Claims on the internet that chemotherapy is effective “only 3/100” is highly misleading.

It is important to note that in most cases the medications really work. For example, now for more than 96% of all suffering from testicular cancer the treatment is completely successful. For comparison to less than 70 percent in 1970 and this is partly due to the drug – cisplatin. We succeed in the treatment of 3/4 from the children with cancer, compared to 1/4 in the late 60s. Most of them are still alive today thanks to the chemotherapy.

Myth 4: Medical science has made no progress in the fight against cancer

This is simply not true. Thanks to the progress in the medicine over the last 40 years in the UK the people, who survive cancer multiplies. The mortality rate has fallen by 10/100 over the last ten years.

The road that we still have to go is a long one. There are some types of cancer in which the progress is very slowly – such as cancer of the lungs, brain, pancreas and cancer of the esophagus. And when you lose someone you love, cancer is natural to say that the medicine seems to have stopped its development.

Myth 5: Sharks do not get cancer

Rather, they get cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration in the US has conducted three separate studies – 1998, 2005, 2013 – in which there is no evidence that the gill of the sharks may have a cure for cancer. However, the number of the sharks declines, but the people buy more products, supposed to cure them of the cancer. Nobody so far has conducted research on sharks and their health in order to confirm that sharks are not affected by cancer.

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About Jane Peterson

Jane Peterson is a supportive nutrition and fitness coach and registered dietitian nutritionist known for her health advices and innovative ideas to inspire and motivate people to reach their goals. She has a passion for personal training and enjoys motivating people, using specific exercise programs and track their progression for success. As a parent herself, Jane Peterson knows what it means to have to work hard to keep a good shape during pregnancy and after having a baby. She is interested about improving the way children eat, pediatric nutrition and family meal planning. Jane has several years of personal and professional experience and is practicing as a freelance food and health writer. She works personally with a small number of hand picked clients, transforming their health and their physiques using her four key elements of wellness: lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and supplementation.