• Question: In your opinion, do you think that there are any cures for cancer out there that haven't been discovered yet?

    Asked by monkey24 to laurenceharwood, Jack, Gill, Akram on 16 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by kanefleigh.
    • Photo: Jack Snape

      Jack Snape answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      Yes! I’m sure we have many more cures to find. 🙂

      We might use stem cells, or nano-technology, or clever sources of radiation that only affect the cancer and not the rest of your body. There are lots of possibilities and lots of different people doing research on it – it’s a really important area 🙂

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      Akram Alomainy answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      I would hope so and I think yes … One day we will beat cancer 🙂

    • Photo: Laurence Harwood

      Laurence Harwood answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      I work in the area of discovering anti-cancer drugs but I can assure you we have only scratched the surface. We have already gone from a situatuon 50 years ago when cancer was effectively a death sentence to the majority of cancer sufferers surviving – largely because we now treat cancer by chemotherapy rather than letting surgeons chop lumps out of people – missing many little bits of cancer and weakening the patient.

      There is an enormous range of drugs already out there – look up:


      but we can and will do better. By the time you will be 20, cancer will be nothing more than a condition you would rather not have rather than a killer. We are really winning this fight.

    • Photo: Gill Menzies

      Gill Menzies answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      Absolutely!! I’m sure there are still undiscovered drugs in the plant species of our forrests. The problem is that we are chopping them down at such a rate we risk never finding some of them. Medics are also discovering more and more risk factors to cancer (these tell us how our lifestyle and diet affect our risk of developing cancer). So better knowledge and better drugs I am sure will improve the outcome for all.