ADVERTORIAL: Cancer isn’t a single disease – part 1

2016-09-06 06:00

FAR too often we read headlines saying “Researchers in Blogostan have discovered a mechanism to kill cancer cells – this could the end of cancer!”
This kind of headline betrays the inexcusable ignorance of the journalist. Cancer is not one disease like typhoid or cholera and more than Ford=vehicle. Vehicle is a big term encompassing a wide variety of transports like cars, motorbikes, trucks, military tanks, etc.

Tumours are benign (won’t spread elsewhere) or malignant (tend to be more invasive and will spread to other organs – some sooner than others). When we use the term “cancer” we are generally referring to malignant tumours.

Tumours are particularly common in domestic animals like cats and dogs for different reasons to humans.
Firstly and most importantly, pets are highly inbred which leads to additional copies or damaged copies of genes, which then don’t function normally. Abnormal functions may include unchecked growth (the very definition of a tumour), abnormal function (eg in the hormonal condition Cushing’s Syndrome) or a propensity to spread (metastasis).

Since each tumour arises from the individual’s own, unique DNA, often through chance mutations, cancer cannot be treated as a homogenous disease to be “cured” by one approach. As an oncologist, I use surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, photodynamic therapy and immunotherapy for different patients with similar diseases.
It is a subtle and insidious disease that cannot be simplified to a word. - Dr Zambelli

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