Wouldn’t It Have Been Better Not To Get Cancer In The First Place?

See on Scoop.itAdvocacy Action & Issues in Cancer

“I have given a lot of thought to the collateral damage that results from cancer treatment. The fact is, it is rarely talked about and only starting to be acknowledged by the medical profession.  I think part of the problem is that doctors look at the survivors and compare them to the people who died.  Their reaction is, “Why are you complaining? You are lucky to be alive!”  Meanwhile, survivors compare themselves to how they were before getting cancer and notice all the damage that has been done by the treatment.  Yes, we are lucky to be alive but wouldn’t it have been better not to get cancer in the first place?  Of course! Yet there doesn’t seem to be much appetite in the research community for moving beyond the cure to focusing on prevention or finding the cause.

One of our goals at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation over the next year is to  document the collateral damage that current therapies cause and bring the true price of the cure to light.  Until we testify to the side effects and complications we experience, there will be little incentive  to look for prevention and the cause of the disease.”

Heather Swift‘s insight:

"I have given a lot of thought to the collateral damage that results from cancer treatment. The fact is, it is rarely talked about and only starting to be acknowledged by the medical profession.  I think part of the problem is that doctors look at the survivors and compare them to the people who died.  Their reaction is, “Why are you complaining? You are lucky to be alive!”  Meanwhile, survivors compare themselves to how they were before getting cancer and notice all the damage that has been done by the treatment.  Yes, we are lucky to be alive but wouldn’t it have been better not to get cancer in the first place?  Of course! Yet there doesn’t seem to be much appetite in the research community for moving beyond the cure to focusing on prevention or finding the cause.

One of our goals at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation over the next year is to  document the collateral damage that current therapies cause and bring the true price of the cure to light.  Until we testify to the side effects and complications we experience, there will be little incentive  to look for prevention and the cause of the disease."

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