- Mind boggling
- Thought they were about finding a cure for cancer...but not the kind that kills it seems
If the answer to my e-mail query is that they will be spending a fair proportion on metastatic research then I will support them, and possibly run some form of fundraising where I work. If the answer is negative then I will not be able to support them. Don't get me wrong I don't want to deny early stage cancer its share of the cake, but so far they haven't been sharing nice with metastatic disease. They want their cake and eat it, and leave a few crumbs for those who are dying for their help.
This may sound like sour grapes and in some ways it is, but how frustrated would you be if you constantly read of advances in preventing cancer, advances in ways of stopping it spread, advances in understanding how cancer works but all of which does not translate into help for those who are dying for the help? I have lived with metastatic breast cancer for 5 years (officially 4 years, 8 months but they got my initial diagnosis wrong) and there is discovery after discovery which never seems to see the light of day again. Why? Because it won't be profitable? Since the government and public in the UK and elsewhere give a huge amount of financial backing to cancer research why aren't them making sure that it achieves something. Where is the return for the tax-payer? Why does so much of it get handed over to pharmaceutical companies to 'take and make' out of the research that the tax-payer has funded. They 'take' the research which has been done and then 'make' out that it was all their idea and their Research and Development that brought this idea to fruition; on top of that they then want to 'make' big profits from something that the public has already funded and helped to develop - where is the return for the tax-payer I ask again?
I totally believe in companies making profits. I believe in responsible Capitalism. I am glad that there are companies which have the facilities, resources and scientific expertise to be able to produce medications to help those with a miriad of health problems, but I would like it more if the governments who fund the research would make sure that something monetary was fed-back to support more research. Instead it seems to be handed over cheaply for corporate profiteers to use as they wish.
But some of us are dying for the lack of research to help us.