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Cure for Cancer?

Cancer is a serious subject. It is a disease that is very dangerous and kills many people every year. Cancer has been the focal point of most scientific research as scientists have been searching for a cure. Unfortunately finding a cure is not as easy for cancer as it has been for other diseases. For example, a recent disease that causes scares around the world was the H1N1 virus, or the swine flu. The disease originated in Mexico, and killed thousands of people around the world. People started to panic, but scientists stepped in and were able to find a vaccine to stop the swine flu, which does not come up in peoples minds anymore because it is no longer a problem.

Recently, a scientist named Elisa Oricchio, made a thrilling discovery that could be the first step in finally finding a cure for cancer. Using genetics, Elisa was able to identify a certain gene, EPHA7, that when missing or damaged causes a lymphoma. Lymphoma is a incurable type of cancer that grows slowly, but also has the possability of turning into more aggresive and serious types of cancers. Elisa believes that with more research she may be able to create a vaccine that would be able to kill the lymphoma cells.

The problem is, many aren’t sure if this will be able to stop cancer completely. Interpreting genes may help catch cancer sooner, but it doesn’t necessarily help stop cancer from forming in the first place. This new way of looking for answers seems more like a better way to catch cancer than to actually help treat it and finally find a cure for cancer forever

So, do you think that scientists are getting closer to discovering the cure for cancer? Or that this is a catch to try and keep getting more funding from people? Do you think that this specific discovery will have any impact? Tell me what you think.

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  1. November 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Unfortunately I think it is years too early for us to possibly begin to debate the merits or pitfalls of this particular breakthrough, and it goes to show that the main issue plaguing cancer researchers today is the constant pressure for a true, incredible breakthrough. Everyone expects there to be a day that a researcher or a group of them will emerge from the woodwork and declare cancer cured. Scientists know the harsh reality that this will never come to pass, as cancer isn’t a single disease but a classification for a myriad of sometimes completely unrelated diseases and issues.
    That being said, every few months or so there is a supposed cancer ‘breakthrough’, but because of the diverse nature of cancer there hasn’t been significant progress in advancing general cancer treatment. There are no real ‘cured’ cancer patients, only survivors. They live constantly in the fear that some day it will return (I know this from close experience with a family member).
    Sometimes, the breakthroughs actually do improve the chance of survival in a certain window of a specific form of cancer, but almost never are the supposed breakthroughs the panacea that is promised to the community. This form of hopeful deceit is, sadly, encouraged by the state of cancer research, in order to better appropriate funds to further research for its ‘eventual cure’.
    Of course, strains of cancer that affect a higher percentage of the population (namely breast, prostate, and skin cancer) receive the brunt of the research monies, but even they aren’t much further than they were 5 years and many millions of dollars ago. This, of course, isn’t to say that the research should be halted, only that researchers have a higher responsibility for truthfulness in conveying the possible outcomes of their research in this very sensitive field.

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