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    American Cancer Society has been fighting cancer for 100 years.

    Asked by GGP on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    American Cancer Society has been fighting cancer for 100 years.

    I know we are all just "professional patients" or laymen as it were. But what is your opinion, will we see a cure in our lifetime?

    16 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I don't know that there will be a cure in my lifetime but they're certainly improving treatment for cancer everyday. Patients are living much longer now than they ever have before. It's important that we keep funding cancer research so that more cures are found. I think we're heading in the right direction for sure.

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I don't quite know about that but I sure hope we figure out more answers. It will drive me nuts until I figure out WHY this has happened. Was it something environmental that I did? WHY didn't the cells die like they should have? I really hope they can figure some of these things out within my lifetime.

      over 3 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar

      Great question Greg. I think my answer may surprise you. I think, if we can take the poiltics and the profits out of the process we can find a cure. Cancer is big business, and I do not see the support for complementary medicine making its way into the cancer centers. For example, I do not know if Burzynski's methods are for real or not, as I am not privy to all the facts, but I do know he was sued more than once and won each lawsuit as our government tried to shut him down.

      I agree with "tickling cancer" in that treatments are improving, and we may be headed in the right direction, but we need to know more about our immune systems and nutrition to stop cancer before it starts.

      Head and neck cancers are actually are on the rise. So we need to support research and education in the area of prevention.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I think we will see some definite progress in the near future but I'm not sure about a cure(s). I would agree that we need to take politics out of the equation, but I can't get on board the conspiracy theory band wagon. There is too much money to be made from finding a cure(s) that really works, even if at a 10% markup.

      I also think a great deal of the increase in cancer diagnoses is dependent on better methods of detection, living longer lives in general and being able to treat other diseases successfully which would have taken us out before the cancer became apparent. Perhaps not the total reason, but a lot of it.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Well, it depends on how you define cancer and how you define cure. Over the past 100 years, cancer has gone from being a rather singular disease to a general term that encompasses any and all cell mutations. Will we find a cure for any and all cell mutations?......Not until the world gives up sex and reproduces by cloning. The average life expectancy 100 years ago was about 50, today it is about 80. That's an extra 30 years that people are living but it is also an extra 30 years in which they can get cancer. I'm firmly convince that everyone will get some form of cancer if they live long enough. But the bottom line is that people are living longer, getting cancer at an older age, and surviving longer after treatment. I don't think there will ever be a magic pill or any other treatment that will cure cancer. It can probably be done with genetic engineering but that is a whole nuther subject that is quite touchy in political and religious arenas.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I am going to say YES loudly! I am very optimistic and feel this way because I've seen a huge improvement in treatments between 2003 (my first bc) and 2012 (my most recent bc). It's amazing to me that somebody figured out that Herceptin is a "smart bomb" to my kind of cancer. WOW. I think there are people who are smart enough to figure out CANCER in its entirety...but in MY lifetime? I dunno--I'm kinda o-l-d!

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Yes, for lung cancer 5-10 years..For all cancers this decade.

      Problem is too many organizations spend 1 million to make 1 million. Not enough money is going direct to reserch at the University level where most breakthroughs come from.

      We spend 8 billion dollars per year on border protection. If we put that money into cancer reserch today for the next five years we would have the cure for all cancers in that timeframe. The cost of a couple bombs could fund the cure for breast cancer.

      Go to Guidestar.com and check every cancer organization and see where the money goes.

      We need to stop talking about it and start finding the cure for it. 1 in 3 people will get cancer in their lifetime.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I think that almost all cancers will achieve remission or treated as a chronic illness much like diabetes, which up until 100 years ago was a death sentence.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      From what I have seen, (I do not claim to know any more about cancer than, it sucks) my first cancer has had lots of headway made in treatments, and cure rate. 10% up to 90% in ten years back when I was diagnosed. Other cancers, like lung, not so great of an increase in results. Vanderbilt University Medical Center where I go now, is working on DNA treatments that target each cancer individually. this is great stuff. I am optomistic that there will be great strides made, I agree with some of you that more money needs to be put into it, and let a few Third world Countries fade away, but that's another discussion.

      I cannot get on board with the conspiracy theory either, much like landing on the moon and JFK. AGain, another time. For now, I hope all those pencil necked geeks that we used to make fun of do as good in the lab as they used to in school. And now they are my HEROES!

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I would love to see a cure in my life time, but I'm not optimistic.....but I hope and pray that there is a cure in my children's life time!!!! But for me a cure means that no one gets cancer...not that we get cancer, treat it and it never comes back....I want to see the disease eradicated!!!! I know that we've come a long way in treatment and long term survival for many types of cancer...but we still have a ways to go!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I know I was given six months to live in Feb. of 2006 I'm still here and cancer free. I now when Gilda Radner was DX with Ovarian Cancer.... it was certain death. I had stage IV Ovarian... I've been cancer free for 7 years. Each cancer is being studied and worked on.. Money is needed. a 15 year old has found a test to find ovarian, lung, and pancreatic cancers early....so they are more cureable. Yes.... I'd say before too many years there will be a cure... But since I'm turning 70 in May. I doubt it will be in my lifetime. Aids is about to reach the cureable 'state'. Just my opinion.. My thought is YES!

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      The amount of growth in the treatment of cancer that I have seen in the last 40 years that I have lived with this diagnosis has been absolutely astonishing!
      YES -- I do believe that we will see a cure if not in our lifetime, it will be in our children's lifetime. With the advances in DNA mapping and knowledge that is being gained it is truly doable. Cancers that were terminal not that long ago are now curable, being found earlier and the treatments are much easier on the body. It is hard to see this when you are in treatment but I have watched so many friends go through this fight and more are surviving all the time! Tracy

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Lord knows I love ya and really value your opinion. However, working in research and with AIDS patients, AIDS is a syndrome, not a disease. It is a collection of infections and diseases that are presumed to originate from the HIV virus. I don't know if a cure will ever be established for AIDS, and I am one of those who have always doubted the existence of HIV. But we can see from people like Magic Johnson that you can live long healthy lives with that disease. I refuse to prosthelicize an opinion on whether a cure for cancer will be found in my lifetime or even in the near future. That is a question best discussed with patients here on the site, and in my own personal opinion any health care professional would be crazy to attempt an answer on any cancer support site. I think there are many great opinions here on the subject and it is a topic of international attention. Great dialogue can spark and ignite many and a collective hope can inspire a biochemist to seek out that cure. I think the response here are very interesting and try show passion in each opinion. With questions like this, that is a great staring point. But with AIDS, it's quite different. I hope many here will keep this dialogue going, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar

      Improved treatment? Maybe. A "cure"...not in my lifetime I am afraid. I also think it is "too profitable" to treat cancer, which is a disincentive to "cure" cancer. I guess I am a bit cynical todsay.

      Best to all,

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      I cannot give a definitive answer to that question, but since I'm the Librarian on the site (as well as a Breast Cancer patient), I can refer you to perhaps the best book that could point the way to the answer to that question and that is "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherhee. Dr. Mukherjee, an Oncologist and researcher and Asst. Prof. at Columbia University is also a staff physician at Columbia Univ. Med. Center.

      He traces the earliest traces of cancer from a crumpled papyrus that contains the writings of the Egyptian physician Imhotep who accurately describes 45 patients. Patient 45 has the Breast Cancer and the description Imhotep writes of the tumor is flawless. Under treatment, Imhotep wrote "None". The next traces of cancer are found in ancient Greece. The book also describes mummies found in graves found in an area of Peru that the climate preserved perfectly because of the salt in the environment and that they (the pathologist there) could tell breast cancer had metastasized to the bone-there were holes and spikes on the arms of the mummy.

      This book discusses how mustard gas that was used during WW I fascinated chemists and Oncologists as poisons were noted for their ability to kill cells. More idea for chemotherapy came from this. Who can tell what ideas will evolve during our lifetime or during the next 100 years?

      We (as Baby Boomers) didn't think we'd be on laptops or iphones or smartphones, sending this message to this site 10 years ago. Thirty years ago I was a Technical Writer for a Market Research Company. I wrote their computer system user manuals-used by ad agencies and tlelevision networks. I ran programs on a mainframe computer using a Decwriter (I'd have to explain what a Decwriter is to my 26 year old daughter...;))

      We cannot conceive of the achievements that will take place in Medicine, but they will be significant, just as they wiped out polio.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Since many cancers are caused by the environment. I believe that in the next 100 years, most of the prevention of cancer will come through cleaning up the environment. More research needs to be done in the are of "cancer clusters"

      over 3 years ago

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