Wouldn’t It Have Been Better Not To Get Cancer In The First Place?

“Wouldn’t It Have Been Better Not To Get Cancer In The First Place?” By Dr. Susan Love, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

Dr. Susan Love was diagnosed with leukemia on June 8th, 2012.

I have given a lot of thought to the collateral damage that results from cancer treatment. The fact is, it is rarely talked about and only starting to be acknowledged by the medical profession.  I think part of the problem is that doctors look at the survivors and compare them to the people who died.  Their reaction is, “Why are you complaining? You are lucky to be alive!”  Meanwhile, survivors compare themselves to how they were before getting cancer and notice all the damage that has been done by the treatment.  Yes, we are lucky to be alive but wouldn’t it have been better not to get cancer in the first place?  Of course! Yet there doesn’t seem to be much appetite in the research community for moving beyond the cure to focusing on prevention or finding the cause.

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