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2013-12-08 02:50:59 PM  
files.g4tv.com

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.
 
2013-12-08 03:25:44 PM  
hardinparamedic:  There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.


What a buzz kill.
 
2013-12-08 03:29:18 PM  

hardinparamedic: [files.g4tv.com image 550x404]

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-08 03:30:07 PM  
We may have to start rethinking that "still no cure for cancer" thing

or that how to slip in a press release for Penn and Novartis thing.
 
2013-12-08 03:30:32 PM  
It seems like every week there's tumor articles about this.
 
2013-12-08 03:30:42 PM  
What a scientist hard at work on the cure for cancer might look like...

asymptotia.com
 
2013-12-08 03:31:26 PM  
In the therapy, doctors first remove the patient's T-cells, which play a crucial role in the immune system. They then reprogram the cells by transferring in new genes.

Wait, I thought GMO thecnology was evil because Monsanto and OMG Big Business!!!
 
2013-12-08 03:31:46 PM  

hardinparamedic: [files.g4tv.com image 550x404]

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.


Computers got better, anything is possible you Luddite.
 
2013-12-08 03:33:54 PM  

GilRuiz1: In the therapy, doctors first remove the patient's T-cells, which play a crucial role in the immune system. They then reprogram the cells by transferring in new genes.

Wait, I thought GMO thecnology was evil because Monsanto and OMG Big Business!!!


You 'thought' this because you're kind of intellectually dishonest at times.
 
2013-12-08 03:35:48 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Computers got better, anything is possible you Luddite.


Certainly magic immortality drugs do.
 
2013-12-08 03:37:19 PM  
Don't get your hopes up -  this story is reported on CNN.
 
2013-12-08 03:37:33 PM  

KeeptheChief: hardinparamedic:  There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.

What a buzz kill.


But, he's correct. There's no buzz kill in noting that, although this treatment looks promising for this particular cancer type, we still have a long way to go before we can claim anything like "a cure for cancer." Overhype is a real problem.
 
2013-12-08 03:38:27 PM  
T-cells?  Next up, T-virus and rage zombies
 
2013-12-08 03:38:31 PM  

hardinparamedic: [files.g4tv.com image 550x404]

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.



Aye. I have to agree with the SMBC comic. Saying we will find a cure for 'cancer' is like saying we'll find cure for 'virus'.


(And as someone doing research IN the nanotech field, we are so far from nanobots it's not funny. If they're even *possible*, which I'm not sure they are).

That said, there ARE a lot of exciting up-and-coming tools, including from the nanotech field. (The shiat you can do with even just gold nanospheres is pretty goddamn amazing. Hooray for surface plasmon resonance). We may not ever get a 'cure', but we may eventually get good enough tools that treatment will be far more successful in a far broader set of cases.

Fingers crossed!
 
2013-12-08 03:38:41 PM  

hardinparamedic: [files.g4tv.com image 550x404]

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.


Yes it is.
But, if this can lead to being able to program the immune system to fight each type of cancer we may be able to remove them all eventually.

Plus this has the benefit of being singular and potentially profitable for the industry.
Being profitable is the only way something like this will ever surface as a treatment.
 
2013-12-08 03:39:05 PM  

FormlessOne: Overhype is a real problem


Sadly, that was the point I was trying to illustrate.
 
2013-12-08 03:40:52 PM  

FormlessOne: KeeptheChief: hardinparamedic:  There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.

What a buzz kill.

But, he's correct. There's no buzz kill in noting that, although this treatment looks promising for this particular cancer type, we still have a long way to go before we can claim anything like "a cure for cancer." Overhype is a real problem.



Thanks to both of you doctors for taking time from your research groups to comment.
 
2013-12-08 03:41:32 PM  
"This new therapy was decidedly different from the treatments he'd received before: Instead of attacking his cancer with poisons like chemotherapy and radiation, the Philadelphia doctors taught Nick's own immune cells to become more adept at killing the cancer.
Two months later, he emerged cancer-free. It's been six months since Nick, now 15, received the personalized cell therapy, and doctors still can find no trace of leukemia in his system."

Awesome. More and more hospitals are now incorporating essentials oils into cancer treatments for this exact reason. Some are even now officially prescribing them. The body's own ability to heal is quite amazing, if you give it the tools to do its job.
 
2013-12-08 03:43:30 PM  
"This new therapy was decidedly different from the treatments he'd received before: Instead of attacking his cancer with poisons like chemotherapy and radiation, the Philadelphia doctors taught Nick's own immune cells to become more adept at killing the cancer."

You mean, we might be moving out of the dark ages, where treatments mostly consist of poisoning people, or cutting people open?

Goodcat.jpg
 
2013-12-08 03:43:42 PM  

Felgraf: Quantum Apostrophe: Computers got better, anything is possible you Luddite.

Certainly magic immortality drugs do.


"magic". Like atoms organizing themselves into cells. We'll never understand that, but we'll send middle-aged colonists on magical space elevators...

How many cells exit on the Earth at this moment? How many space elevators? And I'm the one putting my faith into magic?

You'll have to do better, Felly.
 
2013-12-08 03:43:45 PM  
They cured my father's cancer by injecting tuberculosis into his bladder. No joke.
 
2013-12-08 03:45:03 PM  

noitsnot: Thanks to both of you doctors for taking time from your research groups to comment.


Overhyping an effective treatment of a certain cancer with a high "cure" rate as a "cure for cancer" gives cancer patients false hope, and distracts from the real problems with other cancers, namely certain low-survival cancers which would greatly benefit from increased research and effective drug development. Pancreatic, Esophageal, and Gastic cancers still have abhorrant five year survival rates, like on the range of 10-15%. Solid tumors of the brain, especially in childhood, are almost universally fatal before 10 years, with many not even living a year with optimum treatment.

Leukemias have been one of the MAJOR success stories of cancer treatment. It's gone from a 100% fatal disease, to an 80-95% survival and cure rate in many age groups with treatment.

Coincidentally, this has been the major criticism of the Breast Cancer campaigns over the years - they focus public attention on breast cancer, while ignoring and diverting attention away from less survivable, more time critical cancers.
 
2013-12-08 03:45:33 PM  

Hand Banana: hardinparamedic: [files.g4tv.com image 550x404]

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 241x188]


Hand Banana either you or Debbie Downer owe me a new keyboard.
 
2013-12-08 03:48:01 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: T-cells?  Next up, T-virus and rage zombies


Normal zombies I think I could deal with.

Rages zombies would make me suicidal.
 
2013-12-08 03:49:19 PM  

ISO15693: Awesome. More and more hospitals are now incorporating essentials oils into cancer treatments for this exact reason. Some are even now officially prescribing them. The body's own ability to heal is quite amazing, if you give it the tools to do its job.


Wut?

They're not using alternative medicine. They're using methods to make cancer cells visible to the immune system as "non-self" cells, which has been a major hurdle in the immunological approach to cancer treatment. Cancer cells still identify as "self" cells to the body, even though they are a medusa-level monster.

The only thing incorporating essential oils does is improve mood and emotional stability and level through aromatherapy in cancer patients undergoing treatment with science-based modalities. No other benefits have been identified in human studies, even though the previous benefit is a good thing.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-12-08 03:50:02 PM  
Fark has a few cure for cancer stories greenlit every year.

Still no cure for cancer.
 
2013-12-08 03:50:47 PM  
Good news.  Anyone who says otherwise is a true Debbie Downer.
 
2013-12-08 03:50:50 PM  
Essentially, researchers are trying to train Nick's body to fight off cancer in much the same way our bodies fight off the common cold.

But there's still no cure for the common cold.


[URdoingitwrong.jpg]
 
2013-12-08 03:57:57 PM  
hardinparamedic:
Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.


Then will have  a thousand different farking treatments for each type. Ten thousand A hundred thousand  Whatever it takes. Because fark cancer and fark it hard and then fark it again and again and over and over. Humans  will win in spite of "god" and cancer and "god" can't stop us... And everyone that has died will have helped because fark cancer.
 
2013-12-08 03:58:28 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Felgraf: Quantum Apostrophe: Computers got better, anything is possible you Luddite.

Certainly magic immortality drugs do.

"magic". Like atoms organizing themselves into cells. We'll never understand that, but we'll send middle-aged colonists on magical space elevators...

How many cells exit on the Earth at this moment? How many space elevators? And I'm the one putting my faith into magic?

You'll have to do better, Felly.


Because science is a zero sum game.
 
2013-12-08 03:59:10 PM  

hardinparamedic: noitsnot: Thanks to both of you doctors for taking time from your research groups to comment.

Overhyping an effective treatment of a certain cancer with a high "cure" rate as a "cure for cancer" gives cancer patients false hope, and distracts from the real problems with other cancers, namely certain low-survival cancers which would greatly benefit from increased research and effective drug development. Pancreatic, Esophageal, and Gastic cancers still have abhorrant five year survival rates, like on the range of 10-15%. Solid tumors of the brain, especially in childhood, are almost universally fatal before 10 years, with many not even living a year with optimum treatment.

Leukemias have been one of the MAJOR success stories of cancer treatment. It's gone from a 100% fatal disease, to an 80-95% survival and cure rate in many age groups with treatment.

Coincidentally, this has been the major criticism of the Breast Cancer campaigns over the years - they focus public attention on breast cancer, while ignoring and diverting attention away from less survivable, more time critical cancers.


Because cancer research is a zero sum game.
 
2013-12-08 04:01:25 PM  

hardinparamedic: [files.g4tv.com image 550x404]

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.



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Wave a blade about like that and you may as well be waggling a stick. You do realize there are many other diseases that are an umbrella term for sub-diseases, and yet they often are able to be cured by similar drugs or methods, despite being "nothing like each other"? Perhaps you're going to make some comparison to the differences between a stepladder and a ladder next?
Point is, a breakthrough used on one type may be able to be tweaked to attack other types.
 
2013-12-08 04:01:28 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Felgraf: Quantum Apostrophe: Computers got better, anything is possible you Luddite.

Certainly magic immortality drugs do.

"magic". Like atoms organizing themselves into cells. We'll never understand that, but we'll send middle-aged colonists on magical space elevators...

How many cells exit on the Earth at this moment? How many space elevators? And I'm the one putting my faith into magic?

You'll have to do better, Felly.


Atoms don't 'organize themselves' into cells, dude.That sort of implies atoms are magical and have sapience. And I hate to tell you this, but deepak chopra is full of shiat.

Also, space elevators have nothing to do with this thread (And I'm not really sure they're feasible), so I have no idea why you feel that's relevant.
 
2013-12-08 04:02:16 PM  

sendtodave: Because cancer research is a zero sum game.


As said by no one in this thread, other than maybe Physics Punctuation there.

What is said is breast cancer has about a 70% survival rate currently with optimum treatment. Esophageal cancer has, at best, an 8% survival rate. Which one is more popular, more merchandised, and more marketed?
 
2013-12-08 04:02:52 PM  

Felgraf: Atoms don't 'organize themselves' into cells, dude.That sort of implies atoms are magical and have sapience. And I hate to tell you this, but deepak chopra is full of shiat.

Also, space elevators have nothing to do with this thread (And I'm not really sure they're feasible), so I have no idea why you feel that's relevant.


You're being trolled.
 
2013-12-08 04:03:10 PM  

hardinparamedic: sendtodave: Because cancer research is a zero sum game.

As said by no one in this thread, other than maybe Physics Punctuation there.

What is said is breast cancer has about a 70% survival rate currently with optimum treatment. Esophageal cancer has, at best, an 8% survival rate. Which one is more popular, more merchandised, and more marketed?


fark Komen?
 
2013-12-08 04:03:28 PM  

hardinparamedic: [files.g4tv.com image 550x404]

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.


Good point. I don't even know why I'm donating to cancer research. I guess it's time to stop.
 
2013-12-08 04:05:22 PM  
But will there ever be a cure for Fark headline memes?
 
2013-12-08 04:06:42 PM  

hardinparamedic: sendtodave: Because cancer research is a zero sum game.

As said by no one in this thread, other than maybe Physics Punctuation there.

What is said is breast cancer has about a 70% survival rate currently with optimum treatment. Esophageal cancer has, at best, an 8% survival rate. Which one is more popular, more merchandised, and more marketed?


My mother died from one of those two types of cancer. I don't see why one needs less awareness for the other to have more.

/It wasn't esophageal
 
2013-12-08 04:07:12 PM  

hardinparamedic: noitsnot: Thanks to both of you doctors for taking time from your research groups to comment.

Overhyping an effective treatment of a certain cancer with a high "cure" rate as a "cure for cancer" gives cancer patients false hope, and distracts from the real problems with other cancers, namely certain low-survival cancers which would greatly benefit from increased research and effective drug development. Pancreatic, Esophageal, and Gastic cancers still have abhorrant five year survival rates, like on the range of 10-15%. Solid tumors of the brain, especially in childhood, are almost universally fatal before 10 years, with many not even living a year with optimum treatment.

Leukemias have been one of the MAJOR success stories of cancer treatment. It's gone from a 100% fatal disease, to an 80-95% survival and cure rate in many age groups with treatment.

Coincidentally, this has been the major criticism of the Breast Cancer campaigns over the years - they focus public attention on breast cancer, while ignoring and diverting attention away from less survivable, more time critical cancers.



Being a paramedic is commendable.
 
2013-12-08 04:08:59 PM  

drumhellar: Good point. I don't even know why I'm donating to cancer research. I guess it's time to stop.


That sounds like a personal decision that was supported by nothing said in this thread. I'm sorry you don't value cancer research anymore. ^_^

sendtodave: My mother died from one of those two types of cancer. I don't see why one needs less awareness for the other to have more.

/It wasn't esophageal


Admonishing what amounts to commercial marketing and an industry built on the suffering of cancer patients is not the same as saying one should not be less aware of one versus the other Dave. Stop being disingenious.
 
2013-12-08 04:17:11 PM  

hardinparamedic: drumhellar: Good point. I don't even know why I'm donating to cancer research. I guess it's time to stop.

That sounds like a personal decision that was supported by nothing said in this thread. I'm sorry you don't value cancer research anymore. ^_^

sendtodave: My mother died from one of those two types of cancer. I don't see why one needs less awareness for the other to have more.

/It wasn't esophageal

Admonishing what amounts to commercial marketing and an industry built on the suffering of cancer patients is not the same as saying one should not be less aware of one versus the other Dave. Stop being disingenious.


Oh, alright then, carry on.
 
2013-12-08 04:26:46 PM  
graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2013-12-08 04:28:39 PM  

ashinmytomatoes: What a scientist hard at work on the cure for cancer might look like...


Well, looking for a cure for the cure for cancer anyway.
 
2013-12-08 04:30:33 PM  

hardinparamedic: drumhellar: Good point. I don't even know why I'm donating to cancer research. I guess it's time to stop.

That sounds like a personal decision that was supported by nothing said in this thread. I'm sorry you don't value cancer research anymore. ^_^

sendtodave: My mother died from one of those two types of cancer. I don't see why one needs less awareness for the other to have more.

/It wasn't esophageal

Admonishing what amounts to commercial marketing and an industry built on the suffering of cancer patients is not the same as saying one should not be less aware of one versus the other Dave. Stop being disingenious.



Hardy, what's your experience with cancer?
 
2013-12-08 04:30:42 PM  

hardinparamedic: sendtodave: Because cancer research is a zero sum game.

As said by no one in this thread, other than maybe Physics Punctuation there.

What is said is breast cancer has about a 70% survival rate currently with optimum treatment. Esophageal cancer has, at best, an 8% survival rate. Which one is more popular, more merchandised, and more marketed?


Doesn't help that it's kinda hard to give yourself an esophageal exam. Same with your pancreas.
 
2013-12-08 04:33:31 PM  
Fine. Now on to the Longevity.

/one unhappy citizen in every city becomes content
 
2013-12-08 04:34:49 PM  

hardinparamedic: Coincidentally, this has been the major criticism of the Breast Cancer campaigns over the years - they focus public attention on breast cancer, while ignoring and diverting attention away from less survivable, more time critical cancers.


<rant>
I never understood the "raising awareness" of breast cancer stuff. Does anyone not know it exists? How about public service announcements about how women should check themselves? (Or have a male friend, etc.) Seems like it would help a lot more than walkathons and pink ribbons.
</rant>

/BTW: testicular cancer?
//"tie a ribbon on it, baby"
///"just raisin' awareness, that's all"
 
2013-12-08 04:38:42 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: hardinparamedic: [files.g4tv.com image 550x404]

There will never be a "cure" for cancer. Because that implies that there is some kind of universal cure out there. There isn't, absent using nanomachines out of science fiction or magic to individually repair each and every cell in your body.

Cancer is an umbrella term. In reality, cancer is a thousand+ different diseases, all rolled into one designation. A Triple Negative breast malignancy is nothing like a glioma, which is nothing like Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And ALL in a 4 year old is nothing like ALL in a 60 year old.

It would be wonderful if we had a cure for cancer, and Nick's story offers hope for people with his type of Leukemia. However, even if we cured his type, people would still die from breast, bone, and colon cancers.

Cancer is a horrible monster of a disease.

Computers got better, anything is possible you Luddite.


Except long term space travel, right?
 
2013-12-08 04:42:10 PM  
I wished they'd hurry. My brother was given 6 months....5 months ago.
 
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