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[–] gladly 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Unless it was a wrong diagnosis and they don't have cancer in the first place. How many of the "cured" cancer patients were actually misdiagnosed?

No one really knows. The patient has no idea, the doctor doesn't care and media has no interest in pursuing it.

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[–] NeoGoat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

On a related note, I recall a study about early detection of breast cancer. As an unintended result, it turned out that either 20 or 25% of those diagnosed with early detection did not go on to develop cancer without treatment. The conclusion was that there is a high rate of spontaneous remission. I think spontaneous remission is normally discounted by the medical community, unless it occurs simultaneously with treatment. My understanding is that the body is constantly developing and fighting off, via the immune system, tiny cancers. Occasionally, one grows large. If chemo weakens the immune system, one becomes a sitting duck for an remnants of the old or to new cancers that develop.

Any thoughts? @meowski

also @AmaleksHairyAss

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[–] meowski 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

There's a significant fraction of misdiagnosed tumors that are not cancer. Ductal Carcinioma In Situ (DCIS meaning, it's not invasive yet) is often questionable. Same with Benign Prostate Hypertrophy and misdiagnosis of prostate cancer.

Then you get into the horror stories like Dr Farid Fatah of Karmanos Cancer Institute here in Detroit, who deliberately misdiagnosed around 500 people with cancer and gave them chemo drugs. I believe he's still in prison.

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[–] AmaleksHairyAss 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I am not an oncologist, but keeping up with the literature is HARD. Especially since so many studies are biased (usually unintentionally, and more often as a result of publish-or-perish rather than any real malfeasance). One does one's best. If I see even a hint of cancer I send my patients to a screening by someone more specialized. In general there are a huge number of blank spots, such as the recent ground-breaking work on the interstitium.

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[–] AmaleksHairyAss 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Hopefully AI will make it more certain and much less expensive to get a second opinion from an oncologist.