Despite all the hype and the huge expenditure on research, there has been relatively little success in finding ways to combat the disease. One exception is leukemia in children, where the rate of complete recovery is relatively high.
The chances of recovering from a cancer that has spread remain limited.
There are three main ways of treating cancer, namely surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Of these, surgery is the least harmful. It can be life-saving if a tumour is causing secondary complications such as blocking the intestine.
With chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the risks of collateral damage are high and therefore the person involved may suffer poor health as a direct result of the treatment.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that these methods focus on symptoms and there is widespread failure to attempt to identify the primary causes and take steps to tackle these effectively.
Because of this, even if a tumour is removed, the strong possibility remains that another one will develop.