Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


No more free lunches

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1155

Rapid Response:

Cancer treatment and unholy connections

A young friend of mine has Leukemia. AML which is more serious and
harder to cure. He takes many of the same drugs my grandson took for his
cancer, Burkitts's Lymphoma, 16 years ago. He has the same side effects-
maybe worse because of the protocol he is on.

Where did all the money go for research on Cancer/Leukemia? Not much
has changed and I believe that the connections with organizations like The
National Cancer Institute and the big gun hospitals (Sloan Kettering) and
research institutes and that is doctors ultimately are responsible for the
lack of progress. The drug companies benefit from this circle of people
who control research and development. I do not say that individual
doctors are not compassionate and concerned but as long as "money" is
involved and these diseases are like an industry how much control do they

I wrote a paper in college many years ago and what has changed? Yes
some cancers are more curable, yes detection is better but children are
still suffering and I see these childhood fatal diseases still hold
families in their grip.

Competing interests:  
My husband is a doctor.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 July 2003
Patricia A. Wootan
Administrative Ass to an Arts Community