Can­cer com­men­tary a ‘real downer’

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: The war on can­cer has let us down (July 11)

Am I alone in find­ing this Com­ment page col­umn to be a real ‘downer?’ The writer’s fam­ily his­tory of can­cer is sad, but to ac­cuse the med­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment of be­ing gung-ho on treat­ing a dis­ease they know there’s no known cure for is a lit­tle much. Maybe they are gung-ho be­cause they care? Like those who treat pa­tients with Alzheimer’s dis­ease, a dis­ease for which there is no known cure?

In our fam­ily’s 14-plus year jour­ney with Alzheimer’s, we met many com­pas­sion­ate, car­ing peo­ple in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion. At the same time we were very aware of the many who were do­ing re­search to find a cure for this dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease. The same is hap­pen­ing in the can­cer field. Enough of neg­a­tiv­ity.

Jean­nette Tootell, Hamil­ton

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