Originally Posted by Douglas.Curtis
You're confusing cells dying due to toxic environment vs. an active heal/kill discrimination process. Regardless of these study results, chemo should still be a last resort.
I spent about half of my life working in the Medical Software industry. I was a Director in a Fortune 50 Medical Software company which determined the appropriateness of Medical Procedure (protocols), we also had another software product which rated "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Doctors ". I was also a Director in the largest Clinical Trails company in the world.
I don't agree that Chemotherapy should be the last resort.
The "Best Outcomes" to cure cancer is surgery if it is possible. The biggest issue is that most Cancer is not diagnosed soon enough to get the cancer before it spreads.
I know many people who have been cured by surgery NED (No Evidence of Disease), these are the lucky 🍀 people. Often this is not the case.
The reason for Pre-operative "Radiation and Chemotherapy" is usually to shrink the tumor so surgery can be successful. Taking it out without further spread. In some cancers where surgery is not possible "Radiation and Chemotherapy" may be the only viable option.
One of the issues is that microscopic cancer cells may remain and are undetectable. A good reason for Chemotherapy.
A good example of Chemotherapy curing cancer would be the brain cancer of former president Jimmy Carter. His cancer was cured by the Chemotherapy drug "Keytruda". This is a targeted drug which works on specific cancers (not many). The drawback is the cost, about $12,500 per shot.
One microscopic cancer cell can migrate throughout your body and start a "New" cancer. Cancer is generally not detectable until millions have formed. This is why many patients opt for continued Chemotherapy.
Early diagnosis is the key.
I have Cancer which has recurred. I probably will never be "NED". I'm working on "PFS", Progression Free Survival waiting for a cure. It's working for me. My last PET/CT Scan showed remission of my tumor and no spread. There is a good chance of survival for an extended length of time, with the inconvenience of Chemotherapy.
I wish Medical Marijuana could cure my cancer, but I cannot bet my life on it.
I urge everyone with diagnosed cancer to check out the American Cancer Society website csn.cancer.org which has forums for the many different types of cancer. It's a good place to start learning from cancer survivors about your cancer.
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