Phillip Minton M.D.

A New War On Cancer?

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

We are becoming a society of never-ending wars. The decades-old war on drugs, the decade-old war in Afghanistan, and last but not least, the “war on cancer”are but a few. It was begun if I remember correctly, when I was a child by President Nixon.

Why do these wars never end? It seems to be because we begin them with a predetermined strategy, and if it fails, we continue that failed strategy indefinitely. Medical scientists were certain that surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the treatments available in the 1970’s, would eventually result in a “cure” for cancer. They have, for the most part, failed to significantly impact death from the deadly malignancies.

We learn now that the MD Anderson Cancer Center is starting its’ own “war on cancer”.  We can only hope that they will succeed where the national “war on cancer” and their own efforts in that battle have failed over the many decades. My hope is that they will look “outside the box” of chemo, radiation and surgery. If not, I predict continued failure to make any monumental inroads in their continuing “war on cancer” .

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  1. Thanks Doc!!! 🙂

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