Cancer

A decade ago, scientists announced that they had produced the first draft of the human genome, the 3.6 billion letters of our genetic code.

It was seen as one of the greatest scientific achievements of our age, a breakthrough that would usher in a new age of medicine. A decade later, Horizon finds out how close we are to developing the life-changing treatments that were hoped for.

Excellent BBC documentary looking at three state-of-the-art interventions for aggressive cancers based at Royal Marsden Hospital in London. da Vinci(c) surgical robot for prostate cancer, Cyberknife for recurrent prostate cancer following radiotherapy, and targeted therapy for malignant melanoma. Very nicely put together. (www.youtube.com)

G. Edward Griffin's 1974 book World Without Cancer is as poignant today as the day it was written, and in some circles, just as controversial. That's because Griffin tells the story of a powerful substance that, despite its potential to aid in the fight against cancer, few cancer sufferers will ever know about, and that their doctors certainly will not offer them. That substance is vitamin B-17, also called Laetrile, and it is a naturally-occurring substance that has been banned for use in the control of cancer in the United States.

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