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9 Basic Reasons Why It Is So Hard To Cure Cancer

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Possibly the most absurd statement ever made by a cancer shyster is: “If we can send a man to the moon, we should be able to cure cancer!” This equates the successful propulsion of a rocket to a giant rock above our heads with vicious and deadly cells that attack the human body from within (remember the moon is not a planet, it is literally above our heads). What one has to do with the other is beyond any rational explanation. Yet there are some skeptics out there who allow themselves to be duped by sly smooth talkers with this kind of reasoning.

The consequences are fatal. This leads some of them to essentially commit suicide or negligently murder someone when they opt for ineffective, sham “cures” instead of treatments that at least gives them or a loved one a fighting chance. For those who are honest and want the irrefutable truth, below is a summary of nine basic reasons why curing cancer is such a momentous task.

Cancer is not just one disease

“To understand why we haven’t cured cancer yet, the most important thing to know is that cancer is not one disease. Instead, it’s an umbrella term for more than 200 distinct diseases – that’s why we fund research into any type of cancer. Each broad cancer type has many sub-types, and they all look and behave differently because they are different on a genetic and molecular level. This is because cancer arises from our own cells, so each cancer can be as different and diverse as people are.

Myriads of mutations exist

“Underlying the more than 200 different cancers are a myriad of different genetic mutations. Every cancer is caused by a different set of mutations and as the tumour grows, more and more mutations accumulate. This means that every tumour has an individual set of mutations, so a drug that works for one cancer patient, might have absolutely no effect on another.

Cancer cells within a single tumour are not identical

“Not every cancer cell in a tumour will have the same genetic mutations as a neighbouring cancer cell. That means that treatments can often kill one type of cell in a tumour, while others survive the treatment, allowing the tumour to grow again.

Treatments can eventually stop working

“The genetic mutations that cancer cells acquire over time mean that the cells change the way they behave. This can be an incredibly difficult problem during treatment because the mutations can lead to cancer cells developing resistance to a treatment over time, making it ineffective. If that happens, the patient will then have to be put on to a different treatment – but again, the cancer could develop resistance to the new drug.

Cancer cells are really good at staying alive

“Normal cells have certain mechanisms in place that stop them from growing or dividing too much. Cancer cells have lost these control mechanisms and can develop an arsenal of tricks to avoid being killed.”


Discovering and testing potential cancer-fighting drugs takes a long time

“(The) idea that we will have a ‘cure’ for most or all cancer types in the next few years is not a promise we can deliver. If, over the next several decades, we can convert cancer into a largely chronic disease, that will be an historic accomplishment—one we will be incredibly proud to tell our children. But it is going to require understanding cancer on multiple fronts, including how cancer becomes resistant to therapy and how to combine treatments so it does not recur. And, that will take time.

“I know several decades to achieve a complete solution may sound like a long time. But making a fundamental biologic discovery, creating a drug based on that discovery of a new drug candidate, and then testing that drug in humans can take more than a decade. And we are going to need many drugs to treat cancer. If we work really hard, I think we can largely convert cancer into a tractable, manageable condition in several decades.”


Association between the micro-biome and cancer

“Another biological unknown is the role of the micro-biome—the trillions of microbes in and on our bodies—in human cancer. ‘These living organisms can at times be found right at the site of the cancer,’ says Wendy Garrett, professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard Chan School. ‘We are beginning to see very provocative associations between the micro-biome and cancer, and interesting molecular mechanisms—which are emerging from experiments with cells and in tissue cultures and preclinical mouse models—may explain these associations.’”


100 million cancer cells left behind

“By the time most patients are diagnosed with cancer, there can be upwards of 10 billion cancer cells already in the body. That means an anti-cancer drug that’s 99 percent effective — that is, it eliminates 99 percent of these 10 billion cancer cells — is still going to leave 100 million cancer cells behind. That’s plenty to seed the next generation of cancer in the body. In the end, it will probably be some combination of chemotherapy, pharmaceuticals that target specific mutations and new immunotherapies that prove to be the most effective way to cure someone’s cancer.”


Problems associated with cancer diagnosis

“The non-specific nature of cancer symptoms makes diagnosis difficult. In certain cases the patient remains asymptotic. So these early signs and symptoms of cancer are often neglected by the patient which provides the opportunity for the cancer to spread without any medical intervention. By the time the patient seeks medical help, it may be out of reach of available clinical treatment. Some examples of the diagnosis difficulties of certain cancers are Oesophageal cancer, Prostate cancer and Pancreatic cancer.”


Further Reading

The Cancer Miracle Isn’t a Cure. It’s Prevention.  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine/magazine_article/the-cancer-miracle-isnt-a-cure-its-prevention/

Cancer treatment myths: Any truth to these common beliefs?  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/in-depth/cancer/art-20046762

The difficulties in cancer treatment   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4024849/

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.


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