Monday, May 8, 2017

Cancer Drugs

Past research has demonstrated that cancer drugs like chemotherapy are not always worth the effort, especially in the instance of palliative, end-of-life care for terminally ill patients. In 2016, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) even made a list of drugs that were not beneficial to patients, and as one might expect, chemotherapy was one of the top contenders. Doctors from the AMRC explained that chemotherapy cannot cure terminal cancer, and may make the last months of life more uncomfortable than they need to be.
As reported, “The treatment is ‘by its very nature toxic’, the college said. Therefore, the combination of failing to achieve a response and causing toxicity can ‘do more harm than good.'” Studies have also shown that a majority of top doctors would refuse chemotherapyin a similar situation.
If chemotherapy, which is one of the most popular forms of cancer treatment, is of such little benefit, how are we supposed to have faith in any of the other drugs the industry is pushing?

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