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Month: March 2018

What to look for? [Part 1]

What to look for? [Part 1]

People often ask me: “When considering cancer, what symptoms or complaints should I look for?” Unfortunately, there is no one concrete answer to this question. We currently know that there are around 200 different types of tumours, each with varying speeds of growth and progression, each with different reactions to treatment and each with a variety of prognoses. Therefore, I’ll concentrate on those complaints, which, in my experience, most people don’t usually consider significant health problems. Furthermore, this applies to…

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The Perception of Illness

The Perception of Illness

While talking to patients it’s not uncommon for me to get the feeling that we’re each speaking in a different language. My colleagues also occasionally complain that they can’t seem to explain anything to their patients. They stubbornly stick to their own beliefs – not believing me, expressing doubts, asking uncomfortable questions and this interferes with the treatment process. Why does this happen and is there something that can be done? Sickness and illnesses Illness – these are indicators proven…

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Why do patients visit a doctor?

Why do patients visit a doctor?

At first glance, the question seems odd, but once we delve into its nuances we can understand why people sometimes act the way they do. Naturally, if a person has any kind of health complaint, sooner or later he’s going to visit a doctor. But is this also true of cancer patients? As it turns out, their reactions are quite different. Cancer patients regularly visit doctors with completely different expectations and lots of emotional baggage. These feelings don’t even come…

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Carcinophobia or Fear of Cancer

Carcinophobia or Fear of Cancer

Carcinophobia is a hysterical fear of cancer. Even though we’re all aware that cancer is a relatively common illness in our society, it can, on an individual level, cause much distress. Carcinophobia is one of the isolated phobia (fear) types, which is somehow associated with something we have once, or perhaps recently, experienced, heard, seen or read. For example, a woman visits a doctor fearing for the health of her breasts, because her friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer,…

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Oncolytic virotherapy in turns of times and its place in cancer treatment nowadays

Oncolytic virotherapy in turns of times and its place in cancer treatment nowadays

Regardless of the huge progress in treatment of certain tumours (mainly in children), the war against cancer, announced by the U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1971, almost a half century later has not, alas, brought to the expected results. People across the globe still suffer and die from the cancer. The positive contribution has managed to merely extend the survival yet not to achieve complete recovery therefore one can understand a willingness to search for new opportunities that would be…

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Are tumours nature’s mistakes that only affect humans?

Are tumours nature’s mistakes that only affect humans?

We can say for sure that malignant tumours are a group of diseases that have always existed and always will exist. Despite the belief that many of today’s illnesses are a by-product of our lifestyles, stress or pollution, tumours have existed for a long time. Remnants of tumours have been discovered in dinosaur fossils dating back 70 – 80 million years. The oldest known malignant tumour found in a human is in the 3.9 – 4.2 million-year-old skull of an…

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Quo vadis oncologia or how far to the moon?

Quo vadis oncologia or how far to the moon?

When talking about the future of oncology it’s impossible not to mention two significant historical events. On December 23, 1971, the National Cancer Act, which was signed into law by American president Richard Nixon, envisioned a multi-billion dollar “bypass budget” that was designed to forgo administrative procedures to ensure that money was spent more effectively to combat cancer and to create new methods to achieve and implement these programmes. 45 years have passed, yet people are still suffering and dying…

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