Cancer treatments: cash or cure?

Cancer treatments: cash or cure?

In the debate about cancer treatments, you will certainly hear about cancer as a Big Business. The current lingo underlines the view that cancer is not a disease but a commodity; sick people are not patients but "health consumers." People need treatment, who need their health insurance to cover those treatments, who are persuaded into clinical trials, are not patients but "clients." If cancer were on the stock market, it would be a good buy. You hear the argument that freedom of medical choice is restricted not to protect citizens but to protect the almighty dollar. If goes like this: Cancer is just another industry, with the market determining the direction of treatment and research. Since the production of cancer treatment drugs--chemotherapies--is such a lucrative enterprise, their producers block other therapies that are cheaper to produce, unpatenable and which could threaten the profits of market share...

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

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