One of the major obstacles to treating cancer is its quality of homogeneity. That is, cancer tumors are composed not entirely of cancer cells but of both cancer cells and healthy cells. As most of us know, one of the obstacles in treating cancer effectively is in trying to isolate and kill the cancer cells while leaving the healthy cells alone to continue their healthy growth.
Reading about cancer sometimes makes me wonder how we will ever find a solution to dealing with it once it invades the body. It does seem like the best way to handle it is to prevent it in the first place, an idea that is receiving a lot of attention from groups such as the National Breast Cancer Coalition and Dr. Love’s Research Foundation.
Still, although I support the research to find the cause of this hellish disease, I have a vested interest in also finding a way to halt it after it invades the body. I keep hoping that one of the brilliant researchers out there will generate the one drug that will target cancer in our bodies and stop it in its tracks. When people comment to me, You would think they would have found the cure by now, I will offer them a reprint of this article that addresses cancer’s complexity and the challenges it poses to that very question.
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