by Editor in Chief, Ernesto Cullari….
Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the greatest fears that a person can have, because it ultimately changes one’s quality of life. We hope that by sharing the stories of survivors that we can take some fear out of the fight against cancer. We hope to educate people on ways that they can lead healthier lives and we hope to empower people to demand better interventions.
The fears about cancer are justified. Cancer and its treatments are associated with pain and prolonged suffering. Many surgical interventions are barbaric and disfiguring. Too often cancer treatments leave patients sicker, both during and after treatment. Frequently, patients develop secondary cancers, like leukemia, after being treated.
People fear cancer more than heart disease, stroke and debilitating diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. In the United Kingdom, “cancer is now more common than getting married or having a first child,” writes Sarah Knapton, Science Editor, for The Telegraph.
Rather than accept the status quo, we need access to better treatments that are currently in development, ones that treat cancers with less toxicity and show much greater results in terms of outcomes, quality of life and reduced suffering. These treatments, like those that take a metabolic approach to cancer, should be fast tracked if they can demonstrate to do little or no harm.
Cancer has become a big industry. And despite the millions of dollars spent on research and the millions raised through charitable efforts, the standard of care when it comes to cancer remains unacceptable. Hospital accommodations may have improved, but the results remain the same. According to USA Today, “Overall cancer survival has barely changed over the last decade. The 72 cancer therapies approved from 2002 to 2014 gave patients only 2.1 more months of life than older drugs, according to a new study from JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.”
There must be better treatments made available soon.
Conversation Cancer is not about pointing the finger and placing blame, it is a blog intended as a forum for people to share their triumphs over cancer, it is a forum where one can vent their frustrations about a medical system that seems to have failed society. It is intended to be a place to receive good information on wellness and a venue to shed light on promising cancer therapies, wherever they can be found. We’ve started the conversation; will you join in?
About the Editor
Ernesto Cullari is a former nominee for U.S. Congress. He is a published writer; a photographer in the Green Beauty Industry, as well as a social-media marketer and partner at ICONS Marketing + Media. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Ithaca College, where he majored in Biology and minored in Philosophy and Spanish. He was a medical device representative with over 13-years experience marketing innovative disruptive technologies to Orthopedic, General and Plastic surgeons.