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Originally posted by Saganite
My friend works for one of the Big Pharma companies. I wont say which one or what he does but he's a world expert on specialized equipment within the company. He's basically said that they pay lip service to "Our job is to help people" but that's total bull# and it's now all about drugs to treat thing and not cure. They want to hook people into paying for a chronic treatment and don't even bother to look for a cure for anything anymore, only ways to treat the symptoms. There is very little, if any R&D that goes on anymore to look for cures by big pharma..that's been left up to the woefully underfunded government and university researchers and smaller pharma companies trying scratch out a niche market...which they turn around and then buy if they make a successful drug.
He told me once how like 90% of the company expenditure was spent on advertising and PR, and 10% is spend on R&D..and that R&D is on how they can re brand an existing drug..finding another use for it to treat something else. They slap a new name on it and it extends the patent for another so many years...stops other companies from making generics so the people have to continue to pay the insane costs they charge.
Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
Cancer cells are ex-normal human cells,just really messed up. Now their mechanisms, appearance are almost like normal human cell just because of this. So majority of anti-cancer treatments use the fact that cancer cells devide faster then normal cells and messes up devision of ALL cells in the body. So disregarding that all drugs are poisons in low doses, majority of cancer treatments are poisons in high doses. In this you are correct. But so far there is no other solution present for majority of cancers but poisoning all the body hoping that cancer cells die first due to their instability. Chemo works this way, radiation treatments work this way.
It is not ideal and i personally bet on "immune system modulation "- type of treatment since it is excellent built in diagnostic tool that recognizes cancer cells and kills them all the time in the body. Only occasionally it slips and results are cancer. So trying to artificially modulate the system to recognize cancer cells as such will work most efficiently. Problem is that because once again cancer cells are very similar to normal cells immune system should not be modulated to attack normal cells too.
And just for your information - percentage of people surviving for 5 years after cancer treatment is still higher then percentage of people with cancer that were not treated,after same 5 years.
[edit on 3-2-2009 by ZeroKnowledge]