I am not sure why I'm into news articles lately, but there you have it. I am.
Here's another article.
In this one, scientists in Alberta, Canada, have accidentally found 'a cure' for most cancers - but pharmaceutical companies won't fork up the money to do human trials.
Why? Because the chemical compound that they found by accident, is DCA, something that is already used to treat other illnesses.
Meaning it can't be patented. If they can't put a patent on it, they can't make money.
Which means they are not going to pay for human trials.
These scientists have completed Phase I and Phase II of their human trials (with donations from the public, and a small govt grant) but cannot continue to Phase III - too expensive.
What kind of world do we live in if we don't fund this important research?
The kind that looks at cancer as a money making business, that's what.
After some obsessive googling last night, I found the only clinic in the world (well, the first one anyway) that will treat cancer patients with this new DCA compound, along with chemotherapy. Their results seem to be optimistic, though, they have to prescribe this as an 'off-label' therapy since there are no completed human trials. Meaning it's not endorsed by Health Canada (other than in the illnesses that it was already approved for, but not cancer)
This clinic is located in Toronto, Canada, but of course, this is a private clinic so the government is not paying for this treatment
(But, in other countries most clinics are private anyway, aren't they? So I guess this is not such a shock. The treatment ranges between $160 - $190 per week)
Their patients are mostly Stage IV cancer patients whose doctors have told them that there is nothing more they can do for them... so as a desperate measure, they go there.
I find it incredibly sad that these promising steps in research are being ignored.
Finding a cure for cancer shouldn't be dependent on the pharmaceutical companies making money, but sadly, it seems to be that way.