Researchers are working on new radiation treatment for skin cancer patients. And these personalised treatments are supposed to be a lot better. But what does it mean if cancer researchers have a treatment that might be a lot better? Well, usually it means absolutely nothing.
“It’s called personalised medicine,” Personalised medicine because everyone reacts differently? That has nothing to do with the medical treatment, but with the simple fact that every person is different. Most doctors have no idea about that basic concept, so I suppose it’s not strange that a doctor doesn’t know the difference between person and treatment.
“we now classify their treatments according to their genetic make-up of their tumour.” So they still don’t pay attention to the person, but only to the tumour. That very strange way of thinking is the result of seeing a patient as a large number of parts, instead of one person with one body and one mind. Professor Burmeister obviously thinks that the tumour has nothing to do with the patient. Weird, but oncology is not known for its common sense.
“to see if we can identify individual biomarkers, which we can then test for identifying radio sensitivity,” It all sounds really fancy, but so far I haven’t read how this would all benefit the patient. Will the patient be cured? Will he or she even live longer? Will the quality of life be any better? So far all cancer treatments are abysmal failures in these categories. So how exactly will this be better? In the end it’s just the old useless treatment dressed up in a fancy coat.
“it still amazes me how in some patients the disease just melts away and in others it just laughs at you and kills the patient within a few weeks or months,” And it amazes me that people with such completely lack of basic medical knowledge can call themselves doctors. An oncologist who lacks basic knowledge of the immune system is not someone you would want anywhere close to a cancer patient. I could call myself a car mechanic and give myself a fancy degree, but it would still be very dangerous for you if you would let me repair your car. Because I don’t know anything about cars. The same goes for an oncologist who completely lacks knowledge of cancer.
“It’s one of those things that happen. You’ve just got to go with the flow, don’t you,” That’s the kind of attitude that doctors have manipulated us into for a long time. “It just happens and there’s nothing you can do about it”. Any doctor who doesn’t inform the patient about this completely incorrect way of thinking should not be practising. Nothing “just happens”. There is a reason for everything and usually you can influence it yourself in a very big way. Cancer can only get cured if you do it yourself, if necessary under the supervision of someone who knows what they are doing. (That’s obviously not an oncologist).
“Skin cancers account for around 80 per cent of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia.” It’s an epidemic and the more sunscreen people use, the bigger the chance to get skin cancer. Funny coincidence, isn’t it? That’s because it’s not a coincidence. Sunscreens are carcinogenic for a variety of reasons. Before there were sunscreens skin cancer was rare. And now skin cancer mainly happens in Australians who use sunscreen. And melanoma usually happens at places that are not exposed to the sun. But never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Just ignore those facts, as that’s much better for your career as a researcher.
“Between 95 and 99 per cent of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun.” Bad sun. How dare it do that. The theory that sunshine causes cancer is completely absurd. Not only is it not backed by any science, but it doesn’t even meet the basic common sense standard. The sun is the most important thing and without it nothing could live. The human race has lived with that sun for a very long time and nobody got skin cancer, till oncologists started to tell bad stories about our sunny friend. Lack of sunshine is known to be carcinogenic.
“Melanoma is a diabolical disease” No, it’s not. If anything is diabolical, then it’s cancer research. As it pretends to help people, but in reality it stops people from being cured. And worse even: it often kills people. And that all for money. Selling humans for money: that’s diabolical.