Dear friends of The Foundation for Metabolic Cancer Therapies.
To be sure, hope and optimism go hand and hand with cancer advocacy and research, and rightfully so. These are the emotions that motivate us. We’ve all heard news of a possible breakthrough, or of someone beating cancer against the odds. It’s human nature to stay hopeful and be optimistic in the face of despair. But reality portrays a different image of cancer – one much less hopeful. The statistics are a cruel reminder of the fact that we are far from winning the ‘war against cancer’ declared by President Nixon in 1971. The truth is folks, the cancer death rates today, are the same as they were in 1950. Cancer will likely soon pass heart disease as America’s leading cause of death. Many of you probably think of cancer as a disease that just affects the elderly. It’s not. Cancer is the number one killer of children and all the way up to people in their thirties.
Undeniably, meaningful progress in treating cancer has remained terribly elusive. Lifestyle changes, like a reduction in smoking rates, and earlier diagnosis, account for the vast majority of progress. New chemotherapeutic drugs account for almost nothing in terms of survival rates. In fact, one of the main therapies used to treat cancer today – radiation, has been round for 100 years. It’s hard to think of another technology that has been so stagnant.
This is unacceptable. There is something clearly wrong here.
Recent evidence implicating the importance of metabolism in cancer has not escaped the attention of some prominent researchers. DNA co-discoverer, and NCI board member, James Watson, is equally frustrated with the lack of progress, and said this recently, “More attention should be paid on the metabolism of cancer……The cancer cell should be treated as a ‘sick man’ and not a ‘superman’ by attacking cancer cells where they are metabolically vulnerable.”
Preliminary research using therapies based on exploiting the metabolic vulnerability of cancer cells has shown remarkable promise – and it has only just begun.
Our singular mission is to move forward with fresh vision — removing all preconceived notions and entrenched bias — and finally change the course of this insidious disease that affects us all.
Travis M. Christofferson, MS
Founder and President