Researchers Identify Genetic Profile That Predicts Cancer Survival After Chemotherapy

Thoughts:
1-great another way for insurance companies to say don’t pay for this treatment, it won’t work on her anyway
2-science can identify this tiny ass detail, but not more absolute causes of cancer (except demon alcohol of course)? Puh-leezee!

Health & Family

While more effective chemotherapy agents have improved cancer survival, not all patients benefit from the drugs.

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Author: Cancer Curmudgeon

Oct 2010 diagnosed with Stage 3, HER2+ Breast Cancer. Completed treatment Jan 2012. Waaaaaay over pink. Applying punk rock sensibility to how I do cancer.

4 thoughts on “Researchers Identify Genetic Profile That Predicts Cancer Survival After Chemotherapy”

  1. Did you see this article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408172023.htm seems moderate alcohol intake before or after diagnosis has no impact on survival. My view – if you’re pre-destined to get BC because its in your genes (like the 5 generations in my family whonall developed aggressive BC with no evidence of BRCA mutation) then alcohol is just a red herring as is exercise, whether or not you’ve had kids, breast fed them, taken the pill, lived on salad all your life or climbed Mount Fuji. It’s the old nature nurture debate and unfortunately for some of us I think nature dictates we get cancer and also decides what then happens as a result.

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    1. Yes, a support group buddy brought the report to my attention-we had a laugh about how much attention alcohol gets in cancer world. I love wine, but find myself wishing all alcohol in the world would just disappear so researchers and those funding them would think outside the alcohol box.
      In view of your thought that we may be predestined to get cancer because of our genes-external forces be damned-then I wonder if I should rephrase my questions to science authorities. Moral questions aside in the genetic modification or selections debate, should genes be tampered with to prevent cancer any more than preventing autism or homosexuality? Is that even possible yet, and do I want it to be? I don’t know.

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      1. that’s a good question. I think researchers will increasingly look at gene manipulation to combat certain illnesses. The cynical side of me says there’s more than health and wellness at stake though, there’s a lot of money involved too. When significant profits can be achieved from cancer treatments are we likely to see genetic interventions that prevent the disease all together or will the focus remain on developing better treatments that ‘improve quality of life’? Our economies probably can’t accommodate all of us living to be 100 so even if we eliminate cancer it would probably be at the expense of something else…

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