Here’s our list of the 5 helpful and inspiring cancer articles of the week. What cancer articles have you found helpful this week? Share yours in the comments below.
Cancer is a terrifying disease that researchers around the globe are obsessively working to cure. Now scientists from the USA have made a breakthrough discovery related to how cells replicate in cancer patients, how to put a stop to the process, and even how to reverse a tumor. What happens in a healthy organism is that cells are constantly replicating and replacing themselves with identical copies. A mechanism inside the body handles growth to make sure cells don’t overproduce.
Over the past 20 years, research at NIH has been making slow progress against cancer, increasing survival rates by about 1% per year. Yet now, through a new initiative called 21st Century Cures Act, we have a chance to accelerate that progress, perhaps drastically, and finally cure cancer as well as other chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Ron DePinho, President of MD Anderson told me, “We have a confluence of major discoveries and technologies that have occurred across a wide range of fronts, which allow us to understand life and disease at a basic level and use those insights to influence its processes. We are now able to make a decisive assault on the cancer problem, if we have the resources.”
In April of last year, Jennifer Carter and Solomon Chau got engaged and began planning their wedding for this August. Eight months later, the couple discovered their time together would be cut short when Chau, 26, was diagnosed with liver cancer. In March, they found out it was terminal. With the knowledge he would not make it to their August wedding, Carter and Chau decided to move their wedding to April.
To assist in its advocacy efforts, the American Cancer Society is mapping cancer mortality rates and state legislative activity to help show which regions and districts of the country could be doing more to fight the disease.
At that moment Elissa Goodman recalled her teenage years tagging along with her chronically ill mother to a health ranch in Rancho La Puerta, Mexico, where she witnessed her mother and other women eschew traditional medicine in favor of a holistic approach centered around fresh, nutritious foods. Her mother was able to wean herself off of medication, so, facing her own health crises, Goodman committed to changing her diet to emphasize plant-based foods. Six months later, she was cancer-free.
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