Wouldn't it be nice if we weren't so desensitised to Cancer that we aren't all rushing out to find a cure? Shut the shops, close the pubs, send the kids home from school - we have a disease, called Cancer, that is killing over 9.5 million of us each year. And whilst I know it's more complicated than that, and I know that we have a real imminent threat in COVID 19, but geez it's sometimes difficult to comprehend when you are a cancer sufferer or survivor.
Sitting in chemo wards is tough at any time and that's without the new rules of no visitors or support partners. Hospitals also have visitation limits now. So if you have a child going through chemo, surgery or radiation only one parent can attend. No brothers, sisters, grandmas, grandpas. As if cancer isn't depressing enough! And don't risk going outside, going anywhere really, cancer patients (and survivors) immunity is shot to bits so it's not worth another nasty surprise.
Now, I'm not a research scientist or a doctor so I'm really not qualified to talk about how long it takes to find a cure for Cancer or what level of investment is needed, but I really don't want COVID 19, to divert our focus for finding a cure for one of our biggest killers. Don't forget - 1 in 6 people will die as a result of this disease and having beaten cancer, and been on the cancer management train, I know some of these people.
I really hope when all this is done and dusted (and yes this too shall pass) we can get back to Cancer-solving business and get our best and brightest championing vaccines and cures for metastatic Cancer. Let's get this shit done and keep our families safe from this terrible disease.
Game on, Cancer!