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Cancer And The Kidney
Feb 2019
Dr Ravi Andrews
Senior Consultant Nephrologist, Apollo Health City

Cancer! Whichever context you use the word in, it is scary. Cancer ranks with death, famine, war, murder and suffering amongst the scariest words ever in the English language. This is because there is a common misconception that cancer is incurable and inevitably leads to death. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cancer is the most curable chronic disease in existence.

Over 50 percent of people diagnosed with cancer can be cured. This number rises to 75 percent when good diagnostic and treatment routines are followed.To make things even better for us in our fight against cancer, the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2018 was awarded for the discovery of newer and more sophisticated methods of cancer treatment. James Allison and Tasuku Honjo discovered two different proteins that release the brakes on our immune system which facilitates our immunity to aid us in destroying cancer cells. These discoveries constitute a landmark in our fight against cancer and the Nobel Prize was rightly shared by these two scientists.