OncoChat, from the folks at Icarus Consultants click here, is intended as a blog about the latest happenings in the world of oncology and cancer treatments.
Cancer is a fascinating subject from a scientific perspective, but it is also one of the scariest things that can happen in any person’s life. We are all affected by it in some way, at some point in our lives, whether as a patient, survivor, caregiver, family, friend or some other related way. The folks in the pharma industry who develop new cancer drugs are some of the most dedicated and able people we have ever met; they truly care about patients lives. As new treatments find their way to market for a variety of different cancers, so the survival times gradually improve and new hope springs eternal.
Some of the most exciting developments over the last few years have arisen from targeted therapies, either on their own, or in combination with standard chemotherapy regimens. Patients are now living longer as a result of drugs such as Herceptin, Gleevec and Avastin, for breast cancer, chronic myeloid leukemia and colorectal cancer respectively. Not only are people living longer, but their quality of life is also often better – this is the real test of progress; can a person previously suffering from cancer go back to living a normal life?
In some cases, the answer is clearly yes and in others, they were able to be more independent and less of a burden on their families while suffering from the disease. This is also crucial and one that is often sadly forgotten about. Dignity is just as important as survival curves.
These pages are dedicated to patients with cancer, their caregivers, and the health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, scientists and pharma people who work so hard to make a difference in cancer patients lives.
We plan on writing about cancer and new developments – we hope that you will share that journey with us and welcome any comments and posts; sometimes just talking is catharsis in itself :-).