2005, A Cancer Year in Review

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2005 was another year in which cancer was the leading cause of death in the U.S. for people under 85. Yet, at the same time, there were many self-reliant victors with inspiring stories of survival. CancerWire focused on several of these extraordinary people and also reported on topics that enable patients to maximize their quality of life.

2005 has been another year in which cancer took almost twice as many lives as the number of American casualties in WWII. The human toll included:

  •      1,372,910 estimated new cancer cases
  •     570,280 estimated cancer deaths (295,280 men; 275,000 women; more than 1,500 deaths/day)
  •     Nearly 10,000 children under 14 were diagnosed with cancer

Using estimates from the American Cancer Society, more than $70 billion dollars were spent on direct medical costs and the National Cancer Institute spent over $6 billion in cancer research. Despite all of these dollars expended on research and treatment, in 2005 cancer was the leading cause of death in adults under 85 and it continues to be the leading cause of death by disease in children. Are we really winning the “war on cancer?”

Rather than waiting for big institutions to solve our cancer problem, many patients and practitioners are finding their own answers to cancer. This year, CancerWire profiled several of them and also reported on topics that enable patients to maximize their quality of life.

Surviving Mesothelioma, a Terminal Cancer: Paul Kraus' Remarkable Story was the subject for the March, 2005 edition of CancerWire. Paul Kraus who had been diagnosed in 1997 with mesothelioma, a cancer that is aggressive and incurable with orthodox approaches. Mr. Kraus had been sent home with a “few months to live” but he is alive with good quality of life 8 years later.

Surviving Breast Cancer Using an Integrative Approach: Madeleen Herreshoff's Journey was the subject of the April edition of CancerWire. In 1991, at the age of 49, Ms. Herreshoff was diagnosed with aggressive poorly differentiated invasive breast cancer and told that without radiation, aggressive chemotherapy and 5 years of tamoxifen that she would be dead within 5 years.

Nutritional Supplement Reported to Help Cancer Patients Undergoing First Clinical Trial was the subject of the May edition of CancerWire. This supplement, Lipoic Acid Palladium Complex (LAPd) was created by Dr. Merrill Garnett, a chemist who spent over 20 years in search of a non-toxic form of chemotherapy that could be used to support more orthodox treatments.

The June edition focused on viaticals, an option for “terminal” cancer patients with life insurance. Viaticals continue to be a viable source of money for patients who do their homework and work with reputable companies… read the rest go to http://www.cancermonthly.com/individual_opp.asp

The July edition focused on Pathology Diagnosis and whether cancer patients needed a second opinion.

Obtaining Credible Information About Alternative Cancer Therapies discussed the steps to obtain credible information about vitamins, herbs and other supplements by taking advantage of the information available through the National Library of Medicine.

Folk Medicine, Herbs, and Cancer was the subject of the September edition. In this issue, we interviewed John Heinerman, Ph.D. a Medical Anthropologist who discussed what he had learned about healing cancer as a result of his visits to 33 countries.

Cancer Treatments - Responses, Survival & Placebo: Defining an Effective Cancer Therapy reported on how cancer therapies are labeled "effective" by oncologists so that cancer patients can understand what makes one treatment better than another.

And the November issue introduced our first Best Cancer Books edition.

To read these stories go to: http://www.cancermonthly.com

Cancer Monthly would like to wish our readers a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2006.

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Of course, none of this information in CancerWire is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment and you should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to an existing treatment. No information contained in Cancer Monthly or CancerWire including the information above, should be used to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a medical doctor.

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