The pace of cancer research is so great, the press tells us, that cancer will be vanished very soon. There is no dearth of responsible publications curing cancer almost every week. Please Click here to read on Litreature of Cancerology
Here we reproduce / narrate some reports which appeared in various Indian daily and other international dailies.....
[London] The Italian government has set up a commission to oversee clinical trial of a controversial, non-toxic cancer treatment following intense public demand for the drug (see Nature 391,217;1998). Last week 20,000 people took to the streets of Rome demanding access to the treatment, devised by Luig di Bella, a doctor from Modena northern Italy.
Three experts, chaired by Gotdon Mc Vie, director-general of the UK Cancer Research Campaign, will evaluate trials of the therapy known as MDB. Di Bella says treatments should concentrate on encouraging healthy cells to multiply rather than on destroying infected cells. --- Nature March 19th 1998
Sir, - We are a voluntary emotional support group called 'Cancer Sahyog' working under the aegis of Delhi Branch of the Indian Cancer Society. 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. --Hindustan Times June 8, 1998
[We came to know that Sahyog was unable to mobilize even 100 such volunteers who are "free of their disease for at least a year"]
In the month of May 1998 New York Times (NYT) carried out a story that a researcher by name of Folkman has discovered a drug that will not only cure breast cancer but will also act as "benign and effective therapy" instead of "toxic chemotherapy". NYT further reported that Nobel Laureate James Watson had endorsed that "Folkman's twin drugs will cure breast cancer in two years!!!". The Newsweek (18th May 1998) wrote on the impact of the New York Times article on the American masses - "The NYT article became the media equivalent of virulent flu. It infected television broadcasts, newspapers, magazines and radio with the idea that the researchers could actually cure the disease that Americans fear more than any other". The Folkaman fever continued for 10 days and then came the bombshell from Watson, who said 'Who is this Folkman? I do not know him and I have been quoted falsely'. After this incident some reputed American Oncologists came forward and said "Folkman's drugs can cure at best lab-grown cancer on mice". The days of Folkman-Flu which had gripped America, was of no purpose? Yes it indeed did wonders for the Multi-national who had funded the Folkman research. "Their stock price roller-coastarred from $12 to $85 and back down to $52. For a few days, the word angiogenesis was more ubiquitous than the name Lewinsky (President Clinton's White House friend)".
Summing up the entire episode an American journalist wrote "Where patients saw hope, investors saw gold".