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Chemotherapy - It's good for whom?

It's definitely good for business.

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In the United States, cancer kills six hundred thousand people each year. Like most wars, the 'war' on cancer is expensive, and profitable. In that one year, chemotherapy will generate almost $100,000,000,000 (one hundred billion) of income.

Chemotherapy is effective against certain types of cancer (leukemia, lymphoma/Hodgkin's), which, taken together, make up a fraction of all-cancer mortality (<1%). For the major metastatic cancer killers however (breast, lung, colon, pancreatic), five-year survival rates have not changed significantly since the advent of its widespread use. Its side effects are associated with significant morbidity and even further carcinogenesis (aka more costs/profits). One might wonder what happened to the Hippocratic Oath.

Chemotherapy costs $50,000-$70,000 or more per treatment regimen. Unlike any other prescription drug or treatment, doctors prescribing chemo make direct profit per sale.

And despite what most oncologists have been taught, if you are taking radiation or chemo, or both, ...take your anti-oxidants also. You're more likely to get better, with fewer and less severe side effects.

Be informed.