You know who scares me more than anyone else? An oncologist. Who in their right mind spends an entire lifetime associating with humans who have cancer? To me it's eerie as hell, almost surreal. What lies inside their minds? Do they really, truly care about us or are mentally somewhere else, thinking about having an article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology ? Is the pinnacle of success developing a drug that turns cancer such as prostate cancer into a chronic condition, or is the pinnacle being the keynote speaker at the next American Society of Clinical Oncology convention?
I have an average IQ. That being said it doesn't take much to comprehend the sequence of drugs that my oncologist is going to prescribe me. I went the Docetaxel route to start the show. Currently the buzz is starting the show with Zytiga. You would think that the world of oncology developed something new. Ha! They simply shuffled the deck. I know soon I will be swallowing Zytiga pills and when that stops being effective, on to Xtandi. It also doesn't take a ton of training to comprehend blood panel results.
Ok, where am I going with all this? I run into quite a few people who think that prostate cancer is something that a man can live happily along with forever. They fail to realize it's deadly, dealing a death blow to relatively young men.
When the HIV/AIDS epidemic reared it's head worldwide, it was put in a "social corner" because of the misconceptions surrounding it. Only when socially important humans starting pounding at the kings door did it become medically imperative to find a way to turn HIV/AIDS into a chronic condition. They did, and did so for fame and glory.
It will take the vocally famous to start a campaign to find a drug that keeps prostate cancer from killing us, to be spared from the earth's scrap heap. We need a voice, one that's strong enough to draw many more powerful voices together. We need spokespersons to demand something be done, and done soon. If the salt of the earth doesn't have what society considers famous humans helping, well, it doesn't look good. It's out there, find it. Utilize artificial intelligence technology to help develop a cure. Or are humans to vain to allow such a helping hand?
Sorry for ranting.