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Will it ever be possible to find a complete cure for cancer?

Will it ever be possible to find a complete cure for cancer?
Elise Lassalle from Lancashire (age 5-14)

Is lung cancer ever going to be curable?
Lorene from Berkshire
Age 5-14

Why hasn’t anyone made or discovered a cure for cancer?
Adam from Stockton on Tees
Aged 5-14

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One Response

  1. I think we have to be optimistic here and say that sooner or later (more later that sooner) humans will have sufficiently robust understanding of genetics, physiology and complex adaptive systems and will have developed the tools needed to intervene at a cellular level to cure cancer – OK this is quite a way off but we have made great advances over the past 30 years and some cancers have gone from being irrevocably fatal to “chronic diseases” which can be managed to give an almost normal life span.

    In my own field of brain tumours we are unfortunately lagging way behind in successful treatments mostly because the genetic injuries causing these tumours are so variable.

    You also have to appreciate that cancer is largely a disease of aging and with an aging population we will expect to see patients with several tumours at different times in their life which have to be “managed” if we cannot find a complete cure.

    Tim Dawson
    Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Neuropathology
    Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists

    The Royal College of Pathologists is holding an event entitled, Sex Drugs and Alcohol during National Science and Engineering Week. Our first National Pathology Week (3 – 9 November 2008) is taking place this year. See http://www.rcpath.org/index.asp?PageID=1526 for more details.

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