The Big Business Of Cancer: 100 BILLION Dollars Was Spent On Cancer Drugs Last Year Alone

By Michael Snyder

If you are an American, there is a 1 in 3 chance that you will get cancer during your lifetime.  If you are a man, the odds are closer to 1 in 2.  And almost everyone in America either knows someone who currently has cancer or who has already died from cancer.  But it wasn’t always this way.

Back in the 1940s, only one out of every sixteen Americans would develop cancer.  Something has happened that has caused the cancer rate in this nation to absolutely explode, and it is being projected that cancer will soon surpass heart disease and become the leading cause of death in the United States.

Overall, the World Health Organization says that approximately 14 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed around the globe each year, and the number of new cases is expected to increase by about 70 percent over the next 2 decades.  There are very few words in the English language that cause more fear than the word “cancer,” but despite billions spent on research and all of the technological progress we have made over the years this plague just continues to spiral wildly out of control.  Why is that?

In America today, more money is spent to treat cancer than to treat any other disease by far.  In fact, according to NBC News, 100 BILLION dollars was spent on cancer drugs just last year alone…

As drug prices continue to fall under ever-increasing scrutiny, spending on cancer medicines has hit a new milestone: $100 billion in 2014.

That’s up more than 10 percent from 2013, and up from $75 billion five years earlier, according to a report published Tuesday from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

100 million dollars would be an astounding amount of money to spend on these drugs.  But 100 billion dollars is 1,000 times as much money as 100 million dollars.  And the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics is projecting that the amount of money spent on cancer drugs will continue to grow at a rate of 6 to 8 percent a year.

Needless to say, there are a lot of people out there that are becoming exceedingly wealthy treating this disease.

And the cost of some these drugs is absolutely absurd.  According to NBC News, two of the latest cancer drugs to be developed “are priced at $12,500 a month“…

Forty-five new drugs for cancer hit the market between 2010 and 2014, including 10 last year alone, IMS said. Two of those are so-called immunotherapies, a hot new class that harnesses the immune system to fight cancer. They are Opdivo from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Keytruda from Merck. Both are priced at $12,500 a month.

Yes, I understand that drug companies are in business to make a profit.

But how can anyone possibly justify charging cancer patients that much for their medicine?

If you are diagnosed with cancer in America today and you choose to trust the medical system with your treatment, you can say goodbye to your financial future.  Even if you have health insurance, you will probably end up flat broke one way or the other.  Either you will survive and be flat broke, or you will die flat broke.

And despite all of our ultra-expensive treatments, the survival rate for cancer is still not very good.  At this point, the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with cancer is just 65 percent.  That means that 35 percent of those diagnosed with cancer are going to end up dead within five years, and for certain forms of cancer that percentage is much, much higher.

Sadly, as I mentioned at the top of this article, the percentage of the population getting cancer just continues to go up

We have lost the war on cancer. At the beginning of the last century, one person in twenty would get cancer. In the 1940s it was one out of every sixteen people. In the 1970s it was one person out of ten. Today one person out of three gets cancer in the course of their life.

We live in a society that is highly toxic, and it is getting worse with each passing day.

And once you do develop cancer, doctors are not allowed to prescribe any “alternative treatments” for you.  They are only permitted to offer you the treatments that the system tells them that they must offer.

One of these is chemotherapy.  It is an absolutely nightmarish treatment that often kills the patient before it kills the cancer.  The following is how one woman described her experience with chemo

This highly toxic fluid was being injected into my veins. The nurse administering it was wearing protective gloves because it would burn her skin if just a tiny drip came into contact with it. I couldn’t help asking myself “If such precautions are needed to be taken on the outside, what is it doing to me on the inside?” From 7 pm that evening, I vomited solidly for two and a half days. During my treatment, I lost my hair by the handful, I lost my appetite, my skin colour, my zest for life. I was death on legs.

Many patients go through round after hellish round, hoping that it will do something about their cancer.  Have you ever known someone who has gone through this ordeal?  It can be absolutely heartbreaking.

But in the end, there is a tremendous amount of doubt regarding whether chemo does much good at all.  Just consider the words of Dr. Ralph Moss, the author of a book entitled The Cancer Industry

In the end, there is no proof that chemotherapy actually extends life in the vast majority of cases, and this is the great lie about chemotherapy, that somehow there is a correlation between shrinking a tumour and extending the life of a patient.

So why do oncologists push chemo so hard?

Well, it is because they make a tremendous amount of money doing it

According to the research of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics fame, “Oncologists are some of the highest paid doctors, their average income is increasing faster than any other specialist  in the medical field, and more than half their income comes from selling and administering chemotherapy.”

Yes you read that right.  Oncologists make a huge profit, as much as two-thirds of their income in some cases, from chemotherapy drugs.

Their business model is very different from other doctors because you can’t buy chemotherapy drugs at your local pharmacy.

Oncologists buy these drugs direct at wholesale prices, then they mark them up and bill the insurance companies. This legal profiting on drugs by doctors is unique to the cancer treatment world. They’re making money off the drugs that they insist you take to save your life. That’s a HUGE conflict of interest. They’re selling you the drugs, and charging you for the privilege of putting them in your body. No other doctor can do that.

Our system is deeply corrupt and deeply broken.

But nothing is going to change any time soon because hundreds of billions of dollars are being made.

So what do you think?  Do you have an experience with the cancer industry that you would like to share?  Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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13 Comments on "The Big Business Of Cancer: 100 BILLION Dollars Was Spent On Cancer Drugs Last Year Alone"

  1. the system relies on compliance of the sheeple. they cannot force you to undergo anything (minors are an exception here). It takes a good leap of faith to say no to their treatment, but understanding how damaging and little success it provides, that decision should be easy

  2. If you want to avoid cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.. etc.. just eat a low fat plant based vegan diet.

    FYI, when meat and carbohydrates are consumed at the same time, the body’s insulin response is doubled. Meat and dairy also stimulate IGF1, a prime cancer promoting hormone. Meat and dairy also have high microbial loads and fat, which cause the body to expend valuable antioxidants to manage the associated endotoxemia that results from eating them. Meat and dairy also have no fiber which causes constipation and damage to intestinal flora, leading to a 300% increased risk of colon cancer among meat eaters compared to vegans. And of course, the fat and cholesterol in meat and dairy, if consumed with carbohydrates, will clog your arteries, give you erectile dysfunction and probably give you diabetes to boot. Not to mention the increased blood pressure that comes from the super-high sodium loads found in processed meats, normally prepared meats and cheese. I’ve never seen a person eat a steak without a ton of salt on it.

    Of course, no one will actually change their diet, and simply suggesting that people adopt a vegan diet usually results in flying spittle and rage from most libertarians – although I’m not sure why yet.

    • And smoke a lot of weed.

    • Not a libertarian or throwing spittle on my screen here, but for me – i don’t believe the strict vegan diet is something we are designed for. One reason being the absolute lack of vitamin B12 in plants – yes i know it is there – it is just unavailable from any plant source, and we are designed to need B12.
      While i concede that we now have technology in which enzymes are used to remove the cell walls of blue-green algae and make their B12 accessible, i maintain that this techno manner is NOT a historical, natural method and thus we aren’t designed to eat that way.

      i live in Blue-Green algae country – 4 mile above Clear Lake, Calif – and that cyanobacteria is one of the few things which can keep anthrax alive without animal gestation. Kinda bothers me – not that i expect anthrax or other pathogens in it, but ….

      They don’t harvest BG algae/cyano’s from Clear Lake, but we may have the best collection in the world, as Clear Lake is the oldest lake in possibly the northern hemisphere and possibly the world. It is a thousand times older than the Great Lakes or the Great Pyramid, and the muck at the bottom is expected to have ancient, unknown varieties dormant down there.

      • What you believe and what the science say are two different things. B12 doesn’t come from animals either, it comes from bacteria that the animals eat. We would get that same bacteria if we didn’t wash our food before consuming it. The odds of getting a B12 deficiency as a vegan are about 1 in 1,000,000. Of course, one can always take a B12 supplement to negate that risk. It’s no contest between your odds of getting colon cancer by eating meat vs. your odds of a B12 deficiency, especially if you take a B12 supplement or eat unwashed vegetables straight from the field. The risk of cancer from meat is massive. And it’s not just colon cancer, meat consumption has been linked to breast, prostate and lung cancer as well.

        • Interesting. Since i’d never bothered looking at things from that angle, not being intersted in eating vegan, this aspect never emerged. Too many things to look at and figure out, you surely know.

          i’m reading an in-depth article about B-12 on Mercola – interviewing an expert vegan, Jack Norris, RD director of some vegan group.

          He agrees about the original source and points out how the animals accumulate that. Nowadays, the intestinal flora we have which might (they are not sure on that re:humans) make B12 is usually compromised. Furthermore, he states that most infants will become B12 deficient within 1-3 years on a vegan diet, and adults will do so within 20-30 years typically.

          Pretty comprehensive article, with many facets. Not just deficiency symptoms, but types, analogues, treating deficiencies multiple ways, etc. They point out the soil B12 amounts are basically from an oft-repeated paragraph of a 1950’s article from Robbins, New York Botanical Gardens, and that it also counts B12 “or it’s physiological equivalent”. Are these analogues which tie up receptor sites?

          Dunno. Interesting though. Link to article – 2 exceptionally long pages for Mercola.

  3. linecrosser | May 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm | Reply

    About a yr ago my real estate lawyer recommended another lawyer to handle an issue out of her specialty. Went to his office and found out he was in the hospital for cancer treatment. His clerk said it didn’t look good. I asked where he was being treated and found out it was local. I told him, if he wants any chance of surviving in has to get out of America. I explained pretty much what this article state without all the figures. I put it bluntly that the cancer industry is huge and just like the rest of the western medical system isn’t interested in cures just treatment. And the cancer industry is the king of the hill. The government loves cancers as it bankrupts families and reduces the population at the same time. NWO, Agenda 21 win win. The lawyer didn’t survive and his office is now closed. You would naturally think a lawyer to have a certain level of intelligence. But as he expected his clients to trust him, he trusted his Dr. Wake up folks, everything is a scam
    Save the Planet, Cull the Elite.

  4. I have said this for a very long time and i might get some flack for it but i really don’t care. After all of these years of cancer research, i am pretty sure that they have found a cure for all types of cancer. But if this cure was revealed, it would put a lot of people out of work. They have been doing cancer research ever since i can remember. They can find cures for a lot of diseases, so not reveal it to the public.

    • timwebb1000 . | May 8, 2015 at 12:32 am | Reply

      Cancer is not really a problem. But you do have to do a little research for yourself before unwisely placing your life in the hands of the Rockefeller-Rothschild colluders in white coats, who, as noted in the article, do not have your best interests at heart.
      Understand that these former individuals purchased the medical industry back in the early 1900s with million-dollar bribes to the medical schools, backed up by enforcers such as Maurice Fishbein ( the name tells you all you need to know ) from the AMA; the quid pro quo being that only courses approved by them should thereafter be eligible for “degrees”; ie the Masonic tie-in is clear. Go a little deeper and further understand who it is that operates behind the front office of masonry.
      MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, I believe, is “very excited” about the abilities of curcumin to treat cancer. This is derived from curry spice, of course. Tocotrienol gamma, one of the eight fractions of vitamin E, cheaply obtainable from rice bran oil, is highly efficacious, as is vitamin D; which you will note has effectively been shut down as part of the hype about skin cancer. Breast cancer is a major killer; its metastasis or spreading is what kills women rather than the initial lesion itself; this spreading is reduced 800% by vit D. Check the pink-ribbon “charities” to see if they tell you this.
      Rick Simpson’s video “Running from the Cure” will tell you all you need to know about cannabis oil as one of the foremost treatments available; gradually it seems, word is getting out.
      One of the best w/s for information relating to these matters is LEF dot org; their online magazine is both totally fascinating, and riddled with genuinely life and bank balance preserving information about how to take your destiny back into your own hands.
      And for those who imagine that everything we enjoy is bad for us; note that coffee is one of the paramount weapons in the fight not only against this dread condition, but also against heart and liver disease, and those scourges of the western world especially, diabetes and obesity.

      • You said it best. I guess i don’t have to worry about cancer as my entire family passed away with it except my mother. I drink at least 2 pots of coffee a day and i smoke weed and i don’t care who knows it.

  5. $100 Billion is just for drugs. Imagine all the oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, cancer treatment facilities and cancer treatment technologies like radiation treatment. The investments in the cancer treatment industry has to be in the trillions of dollars. You think they really want a cure?

    • A radiologist friend once told me,”There are more people living off cancer than dying from it”.Words of wisdom

  6. “NATHAN’S STORY” a video about Nathan Navarro is about how he was killed by the Child Protective Services and the healthcare system by borcing him to undergo chemo for meduloblastoma. At that time, there were ZERO children taking chemo for meduloblastoma who survived. Thus – it was a death sentence

    His death certificate from Herman Memorial Hospital in Texas shows “death caused by toxic side effects of chemotherapy.” He was refused a therapy KNOWN to have better results – Dr Burzynski’s anti-neoplaston therapy.

    The FDA and med system keep trying to shut Dr B down because he IS so much better than they are AND he developed the system himself and owns all the patents which they want. At one point the patent office illegally gave his patents to a drug company, but he got them back through a lawsuit.

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