If there was one stupid myth about cancer I could get rid of it would be this: “they have the cure but will never give it to us because there’s too much money in the cancer business”. I have heard this probably 1,000 times and I honestly believe that it’s a big, steaming load. Oncologists work long, probably often thankless hours trying to do research, surgeries, teaching others, and knowing the ins and outs of each of their patient’s cases – all to save lives. They do not want their patients to die. Like I can’t even believe I had to just type that! Honestly, if I worked in the cancer field I would be super offended by this nonsense, and I don’t get offended easily.
Know why cancer is hard to cure? Because it’s different in every body. My melanoma is different than someone else’s. Mine began and metastasized differently than someone else’s might. Mine also responded to treatment for now, someone else’s might not.
Seriously, once you have cancer you learn 2 things:
1. We don’t know as much about it as you’d think. Every patient has a completely unique story and experience.
2. Doctors work very, very hard to try to save your life. I haven’t had a doctor yet that I didn’t think truly cared about whether I lived or died.
Do the doctors make money? You bet they do. And they deserve it. I don’t even care if my oncologist names his yacht or his Lambo after me because I bring him so much business. I know he has done everything he can to keep me alive, and hey, look, so far it has worked! Wait, maybe I should name something after him. Anyway…
I refuse to believe this conspiracy theory that would literally make every human in the oncology field a huge sell-out and horrible person. Do you even hear yourselves?? So sick of those dumb articles. Chemo is not ever sold as a cure. It’s something that you discuss with your doctor to see if the risks outweigh the rewards. And you know what? Most people choose to give it a try regardless of the success rates. There is a very real sense of helplessness in this scenario that you wouldn’t know unless you were ever to face this yourself and most people want to at least say they tried something.
Are there things you can do yourself that can help your odds? Sure there are. But seriously, to the people sharing these articles and saying to someone’s face as they’re dying “they have the cure they just won’t give it to you!”, when you get cancer, where are you going to turn? Because I’d put all my money on the fact that you’ll end up at a reputable cancer hospital in the waiting room queue for chemo just like the rest of us.