Is The Longest Battle With A Disease Ever Going To End?
Cancer….One of the most dreaded words to hear a medical professional say when giving a diagnosis, even if it only a possible diagnosis. The reason for the dread is because cancer means; long hours through extensive testing to determine the extent of damage already caused by the disease then even more long hours enduring the various treatments available to cancer patients.
Cancer comes in many types and attack practically any part of the body (breast, lung, brain, bone, liver, etc.), wreaking havoc on the victim’s body and personal life. Society has been deeply affected for more than forty years. The trauma is so deep that former president of the United States, Richard Nixon, declared war on cancer in 1971. Over the past forty years since cancer has been an ongoing uphill battle to help those afflicted with the disease.
Knowledge Is Not Always Power; Even When It Is
Understanding what causes cancer and how it effects the body has played a key role in finding treatments (including kemotherepy and radiation treatments) that do in fact help cancer patients. While the treatments provided do help, an actual cure seems not to exist.
There are many heart-warming stories of a cancer patient going into complete remission, including the story in The New York Times, about Emma Whitehead of Philipsburg, Pa., who suffered with lymphoblastic leukemia.
Another possible cure has been rumored but not confirmed because of so may issues with the studies performed by the scientist making the claims. The scientist is claiming that the drug “Dichloroacetate” known as DCA, kills cancer cells but not the good ones.
Although the idea of a drug that would indefinitely cure cancer would be a huge sigh of relief for every single person diagnosed with any form of cancer and for those who see the disease lurking in their future, the truth is, a cure has not been found and the question of whether or not science is still on the move in the search for a cure has been answered. Yes, doctors and scientists everywhere are working relentlessly, as they have been for the past forty years to rid the world of this deadly disease.
What’s more, a cure for cancer may soon be discovered which, in the end, would make the billions spent on the trials and testing phases would be worth the lives saved from the horrible disease.