Update for the New Millenium

Since our last update of 2005 we have been observing the field of cancer research and development closely. However, our keen and close observation has not revealed any significant development worth mentioning. Our understanding in this regard is also confirmed by a report on Human Genome Project published in the 20th March 2007 issue of "Newsweek". The report termed the project as a resource sucker in the days of budget carnage. For the benefit of the viewers, the crux of the report titled "This is no way to cure cancer", is reproduced verbatim in the succeeding paragraph:

"From a clinical and drug perspective, the cancer-genome project is so shallow it's worthless," says George Gabor Miklos, who has served as a consultant on genome projects, the holy grails of biology for a decade. NIH, he says, has "made an enormous mistake that will cost the taxpayer billions." Scientists from top institutions including the Mayo Clinic, the University of Chicago and Harvard Medical School are weighing in to denounce the project as "high-cost, low-efficiency," "not informative" and "naive."

Meanwhile our experts have taken stock of the happenings in the new millennium and have come out with two excellent pieces of work viz.

  • Cancer and Environment which  not only disproves the role of Environment on process of canceration but also depicts the hollowness of "Gene Theory" . This article by Dr. Sthabir Dasgupta will indeed provide an insight to our viewers on the subject in depth. Click here to download the full article.

  • An Update on the Cancer for the New Millennium by Dr Lopa Mehta and Dr. Manu Kothari in addition to being an update of cancer in the new millennium, brilliantly suggests the common man how to deal with the cancer simply and gracefully in the gizmos of cancer treatment in the new decade. Click here to download the full article.

Update 2012: "The Harrison's Principle of Internal Medicine", the tome for medical students world over has the following lessons:

  • On Early Detection: "Tumors follow Gompertzian growth curve; the growth fraction of a neoplasm starts at 100% with the first transformed cell and declines exponentially over time until at the time of diagnosis , with a tumor burden of 1-5 x 10 tumor cells, the growth fraction is usually 1 - 4%. Thus peak growth rate occurs before tumor is detectable."

  • Cause and risk: "The most significant risk factor for cancer overall is age; two thirds of all cases were in those older than age 65 years"

  • On treatment and consequences: "Every cancer treatment has the potential to cause harm, treatment may be given that produces toxicity with no benefit." "Over 10 million Americans are cancer survivors. The vast majority of these people will bear some mark of their cancer treatment, and a large population will experience long-term consequences that include medical problems, psychosocial dysfunction, economic hardship, sexual dysfunction and discrimination in employment and insurance.

Update February 2014
: We need to go back 200 years and once again refer to the memorandum of 1802 by Scottish physicians which has in explicit terms stated about the physicians' inability to detect cancer early and if not bothered the host remains at ease for a long period. We have thoroughly reviewed the cancer scene of the past five years and have summarized the same. Please Click to read

After this update on the new millennium we think we have nothing more to say on cancer. We would suggest our viewers to go through the above mentioned articles after they have completed reading all the pages of this website.

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