Doctors call for review of cancer treatments

There are 4 comments on the Jan 18, 2009, The Sydney Morning Herald story titled Doctors call for review of cancer treatments. In it, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that:

CANCER treatments should be independently reviewed to ensure toxic, expensive and ineffective drugs are not being overused at the expense of patients and taxpayers, oncologists say.

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DRBOSWELL1

Korea

#1 Jan 18, 2009
It is a shame that we do not consider using Genetics to help with the cure of cancer. I have received treatment tailored to the genes that have caused my cancer along with other treatments, and I am in remission!Prior to this treatment, I was give a few months to live. I had to pay my treatment out of pocket, because it is not FDA approved in the U.S.A WHAT A SHAME WE PUT THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR AHEAD OF MEDICAL CURES!!!
Peach

Israel

#2 Jan 19, 2009
What is the name of the treatment you used? I found this article - http://the-cancer-disease.com/cancer-disease/... about alternative cancer treatments, and I would like to know what else is there.

Since: Dec 05

Union, NJ

#3 Jan 19, 2009
Dr. Haines has been saying that cancer sufferers are taking doses of expensive and potentially toxic treatments that are possibly well in excess of what they need (reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology).

Emerging evidence shows that many of the highly expensive "targeted" cancer drugs (Herceptin, Avastin and Rituximab) may be just as effective and produce fewer side effects if taken over shorter periods and in lower doses.

Dr. Haines stated in the Journal that "it would seem that pharmaceutical companies are attracted to studies looking at the maximum tolerated dose of any treatments." He suggested the we make the search for minimum effective doses of these treatments one of the key goals of cancer research.

He gave as an example, Avastin, used to fight colon and lung cancers, the dose being tested is 15 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, despite other research showing it may work with 3 milligrams per kilogram.

As the Haines study suggested more must be spent on analyzing drug data, we also need larger and more detailed studies to figure out why there is an association between pharmaceutical involvement and positive results.
Dennis
#4 Sep 23, 2013
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