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15.10.2019

You have cancer! Really?

Many patients who hear from their doctor they have cancer, feel trapped. Speechlessness, frightening, often panic. The doctor reassured. Often the tumor is located in a benign stage. In a variety of cancer diagnoses cancer is harmless. The...

Hyper accurate: pdd

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Simple. Ingenious: PDT-plaster

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Amsterdam Experiences

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Tongue amputated

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Vaccine against Cancer?

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The Emperor of All Maladies

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Sigmund Freud

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  • You have cancer! Really?

    Many patients who hear from their doctor they have cancer, feel trapped. Speechlessness,...

  • Hyper accurate: pdd

    Medicine today has several methods for the diagnosis of cancer. However, imaging, endoscopy...

  • Dear Michael Douglas

    Since 2011 you have lived without cancer: we are glad to hear this. How the larynx...

  • Caries, periodontitis, cancer

    “Please open your mouth!” the dentist says. Their well-trained eye does not only...

  • Simple. Ingenious: PDT-plaster

      How can we treat white skin cancer in the sensitive area of the face? “Newly,...

  • Amsterdam Experiences

    Dr. Baris Karakullukcu is an otolaryngologist with further specialization on head and neck...

  • Tongue amputated

    Shortly before Christmas 2011, the largest German daily tabloid BILD wrote about popular German...

  • Vaccine against Cancer?

    Oncologist M.D. Winrich Rauschning says on the occasion of the World Cancer Day 2012: “We...

  • The Emperor of All Maladies

    A Biography of Cancer The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane...

  • The Inner Doctor

    Many patients are conviced that their healing requires two doctors: The oncologist providing...

  • Sigmund Freud

    In 1923, the doctors diagnosed cancer in Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939), the founder of...

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You have cancer! Really?


Many patients who hear from their doctor they have cancer, feel trapped. Speechlessness, frightening, often panic. The doctor reassured.

Often the tumor is located in a benign stage. In a variety of cancer diagnoses cancer is harmless. There is no need for immediate attention, especially merciless therapy. "Radical" surgery or chemo or  radiation requested by the patient, is usually not necessary because many "cancer" indications never become life-threatening.

However, once cancer is mentioned, it seems difficult to engage with a different approach than the "merciless". Ironically, the success of early detection of cancer in the search for suspicious tissue changes seem to urge physicians and patients to a treatment decision , where often nothing at all is to treat.

In the U.S., the governmental health officer has recently proposed a solution to the problem. Experts at the National Cancer Institute published at the end of August 2013 an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There oncologists ask for a narrower definition of cancer or its variants.

The word cancer would suggest an inevitable, fatal outcome, the authors write. They propose to designate as cancer only those tumors that develop with a "reasonable probability" of a dangerous disease. Other abnormalities should be classified as "abnormal cells" or "tissue lesions" in order to avoid over-diagnosis and over-treatment.