Ask the Doctor
February 10, 2015
Is there ever going to be a cure for cancer?

Dear Doc,

Why does it seem to be taking so long for the development of vaccines and treatments for cancer?{{more}}


Dear Chelsea,

There are many reasons for this long wait. Indeed there has been significant development in this area over the past decade. The hurdles are funding and the truth is that everyone would love to have free cancer treatment, but development and administration of cancer treatment is not free. Funding for cancer research is essential for developing new vaccines and treatment. With so many other health issues requiring funding, money for cancer research has dwindled and therefore needed breakthroughs can take longer.

The concept of ethics in in research has slowed the rate at which we see new drugs and vaccines on the market. There are strict protocols which guide how products are experimented with. It ensures that research subjects are protected and not exposed without consent and safety mechanisms. It ensures that persons are not used for trials and discriminated against because of race, economic class or other classifications.

New developments are always coming forth, but the expectations of people are also increasing. We are now better at preventing, diagnosing and treating cancers today than we were fifty years ago and that is a significant achievement.

Support cancer research and do your own by helping to educate the people around you about cancer prevention and general awareness.


SVG Cancer Society,

PO Box 709, Kingstown

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 526-7036