• Question: Have you found a solution for cancer yet? I hope the best of luck

    Asked by crazycoolgirl12 to Loren, Jo, Lucy, Sam, Toby on 20 Jun 2014. This question was also asked by geekmeg, hannahjsandon, maisiesandon.
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      Loren Macdonald answered on 20 Jun 2014:


      I wish I could say I had, I think I’d be a millionaire. There are thousands of scientists working on it, though. And each different area has come a long way in cancer research.

      Each cancer is different, so they each need to be treated differently as they have different causes. However, we are slowly coming up with a better explanation for why cancer happens and then we can find ways to treat it.

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      Tobias Warnecke answered on 24 Jun 2014:


      Nope, unfortunately not. But I don’t really work on cancer so if I found a solution, that would really be quite unexpected.

      There has been some progress though. Some cancers are now curable – especially if they are caught quite early. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one example. For others, chances of survival remain quite poor, unfortunately. There are very different types of cancer – so even if you find a treatment that works for one, that doesn’t always help you with the other types.

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      Lucy Remnant answered on 24 Jun 2014:


      As the others have said, there are lots over types of cancer, over 200. This means that it is not very likely there will be a single cure for cancer.

      Lots of scientist are working on cancer research, especially where I work at Cancer Research UK.

      Currently we are getting much better at treating and hopefully in the next 20 years or so we should be close to a cure.

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      Jo Nettleship answered on 24 Jun 2014:


      Hi maisiesandon,

      Unfortunately I haven’t found a solution for cancer yet. I think we all wish we had.
      There are lots of types of cancer and some are more treatable than others. (Almost) every type has to be looked at separately as there are different causes. There are lots of scientists working on this and for some cancers, you stand a far better chance of survival than for others. Generally, it is better if the cancer is only in one area rather than in more than one.
      I hope this answers your question.
      Jo

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