Study: We'll Never Cure Cancer
Researchers say it's as old as life itself
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2014 12:54 PM CDT
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(Newser) – When it comes to the war on cancer, it's time to lower our expectations, a new study suggests. Or as the lead author of the study in Nature puts it, "Cancer is as old as multi-cellular life on earth and will probably never be eradicated." German researchers discovered that an ancient organism similar to coral already carried cancer genes that could develop into tumors, explains the website Laboratory Equipment. In fact, one of those ancient tumors is similar to ovarian cancer in humans.

Cell mistakes that result in cancer seem to be inevitable as organisms evolve, which makes the idea of "curing cancer" misguided, the study asserts. “The logic behind it was pretty naive,” researcher Thomas Bosch of Kiel University tells the Washington Post. "'We can send people to the moon, we can eradicate cancer.'" He and his team suggest we focus more on understanding how the disease occurs and treating it rather than hoping for a simple fix. "Our study also makes it unlikely that the ‘War on Cancer’ proclaimed in the 1970s can ever be won," says Bosch. "However, knowing your enemy from its origins is the best way to fight it, and win many battles."

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 1, 2014 3:17 PM CDT
Can't cure a trillion dollar industry. But cancer needs food. What does cancer eat? Glucose. Can you get rid of glucose and starve it out? I believe you can as many have tried and did just that. Can it work for all people. Sadly, no because in late stages you can't survive without glucose. How about it you are not in late stages? Then you want to force your body to consume ketones for energy. How do you do that. Now for a pathetic plug for a great nutritionist and tv doctor. Look for Doug Kauffman's Phase 1 diet. Does Doug recommend a prescription to treat cancer? You betcha. Go into your doctor and say you want to start taking Nystatin. He will know that unlike antibiotics, it can't do harm.
TessTalks
Jun 29, 2014 9:13 PM CDT
They needed a "study" to figure that out? It's pretty obvious that treating cancer is a bigger money maker than curing it.
papster
Jun 28, 2014 12:19 AM CDT
We'll never stop people from getting it completely, but it is possible to easily kill it off once you get it by enabling the immune system to fight it.