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Globe editorial: Harper's cancer strategy

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

The strategy announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week certainly sounds impressive. But if something seems too good to be true, it often is. ...Read the full article

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  1. Emma Hawthorne from Canada writes: It is a brilliant idea whose time has come. However, why not capitalize on modern real-time video-conferencing which now costs practically nothing and limit meetings to three or four times per year, so as to focus resources on results?. The usual trend is to appoint the current heads in a field to sit on a blue-ribbon panel that is determined to replicate the status quo, with more stealth and tenacity than the most agressive cancer. Can that be avoided? Why not create incentives to bring co-operation and competition among researchers? How about offering 50 $10,000 cancer prizes each year for the best ideas, practices and even published articles, so as to attract creative new ideas not hampered too much by the status quo which now controls all publishing. How about funding good enviromental research to also look for prevention and cures outside medicine and get beyond the idea of the single wonder drug or single solution? Host theory, environmental factors and non-medical approaches receive precious little attention now even though they could well be a major factor. We need more thinking outside of the cancer cell! The provinces should incorporate and own their own diagnostic equipment and use it 24/7. An inexpensive web site, costing less than $50,000 per year for staff, maintenance, an office and host fees combined, should be set up to provide instant free access to the best and latest information. Those who want hard copies can download them. It is hard to believe they will need $250 million. Too much money will slow things down enormously with the politics of spending it.
  2. William E. Demers from Toronto, Canada writes: It's policy when a Liberal makes a bold promise, but too good to be true when a Conservative does. The unfortunate reality is that Harper's been in government for less than a year and has fulfilled most of his promises without failure. Let's wait and see what happens before we jump to conclusions. Just because the Liberals didn't follow through on their committments doesn't mean this Conservative government is the same.
  3. R Costen from Canada writes: give me a break. what do ministers and deputy ministers of health know about preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer?

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