Scientists cure cancer. No one cares.

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  1. Gryph

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    Canadian scientists have apparently found a method for curing cancer, but the pharmaseutical companies don't care about it, because the method cannot be patented, so they can't make money off of it. This is seriously fuck up.

    Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice
     
  2. Cyber-Scream

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    Unbelievable... if it's legit. Which I sorta doubt it is, considering that article is 3 years old and I haven't heard about it until now.
     
  3. x BlackMagnus x

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    Having a mother in law who recently died from pancreatic cancer, a mother who has breast cancer and an aunt with lung cancer (and mind you, ALL were diagnosed within 6 months of each other), this is just fucking wonderful.
     
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    That article is like.... hella old.
     
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    I very much doubt the issue is so simple as portrayed in that article.
     
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    LOLZ at people getting angry at random unsourced article on random website made up of content generated by random users.
     
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    Just to find out more, I clicked on their link which led me to the university's website. I had to do a search for cancer there and came up with this:

    News & Updates - DCA Research Information

    As old as the article is.....its still.....a step in the right direction. Just wish they would receive more funding or whatever, to verify that this will work without a doubt.
     
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    I'd be more enraged, if that was sourced and not three years old.
     
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    That original article is just horribly written, from a scientific perspective.

    But, anyway, looking around a little, I found an update on this from last year...

    News & Updates - DCA Research Information

    ...as well as the abstract for the actual scientific publication mentioned in that update, if anyone cares...

    Metabolic Modulation of Glioblastoma with Dichloroacetate

    ...and Pubmed has some other articles mentioning it, too, including one from this month, albeit from a different research group...

    Dichloroacetate (DCA) inhibits neuroblastoma growt... [Int J Cancer. 2011] - PubMed result

    I haven't read through the articles yet, but it does sound like a promising treatment. However, this is by no means "a cure" and there are a lot of qualifiers to it and challenges still ahead.

    And as far as the "no one cares" thing...the media don't cover much about science, in general. I don't entirely blame them though, since there have been so many false starts in cancer and AIDS, not to mention that the majority of people have only a superficial understanding of science and little interest in it.
     
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    "Scientific Community Optimistic about new treatment method in early stages of testing, but years away from application and possibly decades away from use on humans" doesn't draw as many hits to the website, does it.

    It'd be great if this works, and it'll be quite the achievement for the U of A, but I very much doubt this is a case of pharmaceutical companies scoffing at a treatment that will fail to make them money, especially since the research is being done in a country where medical costs are subsidized.
     
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    You're dreaming if you think we'll be free from cancer anytime soon.
     
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    ^agreed.
     
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    I think it'd be more the case that it might undermine research that they're already heavily invested in.

    Any industry will fight to ensure it's continuing existence, and there's already a whole industry built up around treating cancer. I don't mean to paint a sinister picture, because these are good hard-working people who studied very hard to get to where they are, but there'll always be a natural reluctance to support something that would undercut the whole market.
     
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    This holds true as well for academic research. If something comes up that goes against the generally accepted consensus/models in a particular scientific field, it's going to have a very rough time getting any acceptance, regardless of how strong the data is. So many people have their grant funding (and, in many cases, their reputations) staked on their research following the generally accepted consensus/model that they'll put up a high level of resistance to anything that may result in their findings needing to be thrown out or revised.
     
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    Why because what the scientists are Canadian? Listen you mindless morons, they have a way to cure cancer and you care about the money you f'n bastards! They can save lives here and you're passing this up!

    Sorry for that outburst, but if this is legit...OMG they finally did it.
     
  18. Doug

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    My dad died of cancer nine months ago and I believe there has been a cure of cancer all along.

    They don't want it to get out, because doctors, hospitals and drug companies will lose money.

    Cancer treatment is a $200 billion a year business. They charged $20,000 for every chemo treatment my dad received.
     
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    an FDA approved cure for cancer is completely impossible
     
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    Internet overreactions are the best.

    Y'all have to be joking if you think that if an actual cure was avalible that the medical comunity would not be all over it, regardless of monatary gain.
     

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