Good Treatments Have Their Hidden Costs

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow — the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made and doctors have claimed as high as a ninety percent success rate with childhood ALL. That said, Dr. Michael Jensen, professor of pediatric cancer, tells us that a child is diagnosed every three minutes with cancer and is the leading contributor to childhood mortality. He says he is shocked that pediatric oncology still relies on antiquated cancer therapies, chemotherapy and radiation, which he says are not smart enough to go into a child’s body, eliminate the cancer cells, and leave their growing maturing bodies unharmed. These treatments take their toll. He says we are creating the chronically ill adult of tomorrow. He feels that children deserve better than this. So yes doctors might claim ninety percent success rates but at what cost to the future of their patients?