The Futility and Utility of Cancer Treatment


Over 75% of the oncologists polled said that if they had cancer, they would never use the same chemotherapy they prescribe for their patients, because of the ineffectiveness of the therapy and its unacceptable degree of toxicity





  • The above photograph was published in a local daily of Kolkata (Anandabazar Patrika 08/11/2009) which shows 20 odd breast cancer patients marched in a rally organized by a NGO on the occasion of "Cancer awareness day". These ladies claim to have overcome cancer and doing well since past five years, with their mental strength and the aid of customary  treatment.


  • ‘Cancer Sahyog’ – a voluntary emotional support group working under the aegis of the Delhi Branch of the Indian Cancer Society (ICS) issued an appeal. This appeal is so much self-explanatory that it merits verbatim reproduction here: “We have at present a limited pool of volunteer cancer survivors associated with us. We would therefore, appeal to survivors to join our effort to provide emotional support to those living with cancer and to their families. Cancer survivors who wish to assist should be free of their disease for at least a year and should have positive attitude towards their cancer experience." – The Hindustan Times, Letters to the editor, June 8, 1998.

     (Please also refer to Media and Cancer of the website for further details)


Nature, the most reputed science journal reported twice (15 January, 1998 and 19 March, 1998) that - “The Italian government has set up a commission to oversee clinical trials of a controversial non-toxic cancer treatment following intense public demand of the drug (Nature 391:217, 1998), why Cancer patients and their friends and relatives (about 20,000) not only took to streets but went to court against the therapeutic treatment of cancer"


 So its 20 vs 20,000 let the viewers judge for themselves the futility and utility of cancer therapeutic treatment

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