KevinMD May 26, 2024
Shakeel Ahmed, MD

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
– Thomas Edison

Mr. Edison, if he is watching over us, must be sadly disappointed.

The provocative idea of making cancer centers obsolete might sound extreme, but it underscores a critical vision for health care—shifting from reactive to preventive treatment. Envision a future where advanced cancer cases are so rare that specialized cancer centers are no longer a necessity. This scenario isn’t just a fantasy; it’s a feasible objective, achievable through existing yet underutilized preventive measures that encounter significant systemic barriers, primarily due to the economic strategies of health insurance...

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