Posted: Oct 24, 2016 10:06 am
by Rachel Bronwyn
Cancer comprises so many different diseases generalisations about it are just really hard to make.

Chemo is essential medicine in combating cancer, no question, but cancers are so nuanced we still aren't aware of all the cases that don't required intervention and our bodies are capable of dealing with. Sitting back and waiting for your immune system to deal with cancer is fucking terrifying when you have less than 100% certainty it won't spread in the meantime. That leads to lots of unnecessary mastectomies. On the other hand, people who forgo mastectomies die of breast cancer frequently.

We just need to keep getting to know cancer as the many, many different diseases it is. Then we can better apply chemo, which we can hopefully refine for those who do need it.