Guest Post: The Big Business Of Cancer - 100 Billion Dollars Was Spent On Cancer Drugs Last Year Alone

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

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.

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A Lunatic's picture

You pay to get sick then you pay to get sicker. Sometimes you even live to die another day. If you can afford it.......

Dr Benway's picture

Why more people dying of cancer? We are living to be older and have become better at preventing non-cancer causes of death.

knukles's picture

Once the refined efficacy of THC is mastered and patented by Big Pharma, you'll be free of cancer for a bazillion that you could otherwise have had via the homeopathic route.  Especially when vitamins and supplements are finally outlawed for good, in favor of BigPharma.
About time for the Annanuki to come back and straighten this shit out.

Keyser's picture

Canabadoids are not the only cure for cancer as there are dozens of proven methods, depending on what you have... Much like everything else in the last century, security and safety of the populace are way down the list of corporate profits... WIth a 5% overall long-term success rate of chemo-therapy, I don't know why anyone subjects themselves to it, other than the insistence of an oncologist that is making big $$$ to give you poision... 

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

I have a good friend fighting bile duct cancer.  98% terminal within 5 years.  Chemo is used mainly to buy patients a little more time.  My friend was diagnosed in January and doctor declared inoperable and gave him 3-6 months to live, a bit longer if he did chemo.  My friend then found a cutting-edge doctor at Mayo Clinic who would operate, had tumor and marginals taken out last week, and now actually has a real shot at beating it.

Publicus's picture

GMO, vaccines, and wireless radiation.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Sheeesh.  Go here:

A lot has changed in the last 10,000 years.  A awful lot has changed in the last 100 years.  Why people are so sick is really not a mystery.  Take a look, you will never be the same again.

holdbuysell's picture

Yup, this page's well-done diagram shows what I've learned elsewhere:

A good podcast on this type of diet that discusses the why's is here:


DaveyJones's picture

we are what we eat and why wouldn't we be

Max Gerson (The Gerson Method) was kicked out of the AMA for essentially saying its all about diet and proving it. Years later, the author of The China Study, the largest diet disease data study and a well respected expert said Gerson had it right

MonetaryApostate's picture

Problem, solution, profit....

It's Planet Ponzi Scheme, where you the dumb ass tax slaves always end up paying for it, duh!

JoeSexPack's picture

Apricot seeds cure cancer, aka vitamin B17, amygdala, laetrile, etc. 100's of testimonials below:


Full story here:


Gave 1lb of seeds to ex-GF who found me on FB. Her moderate uterine cancer was 100% gone a month later. Medical science often takes decades to recognize cures.

Much $$$ in endless treatment, less in cures.

Basia's picture

Uterine cancer is EASY to cure in its earlier stages.  A hysterectomy is the sane solution. Chemo, maybe not. 

N3mo's picture

JSP, thanks for posting that.

Cure #17.

CURE. Yes, I used the C-Word, FDA-holes. Come, arrest me.

Also a good preventative. 8-15 per day. Taste is...interesting, but you can get used to it.

Publicus's picture

Thank you, just bought some.

unicorn's picture

most of the chemicals, no matter if its for a toothpaste or colour or whatever, is passed with the help of very inaccurate animal tests. this , although known, is the plan. cancerous stuff can pass easily like this. the show must go on.

there are alternatives, much more precise than animal tests, but they are not in use. animal testing is as well a big business, hand in hand with corporations, not wanting their stuff properly tested.

or simply say, my potion is corporate secret, give a strange paper to the fda saying everything is allright, and go on with your business. nothing to see here, move on. (and dont forget to pay some bills of the presidents crew...)

and, ps, they can cure almost every cancer for mice.............. so much for animal testing.

Took Red Pill's picture

Not only are drug companies, doctors and hospitals getting rich off cancer so are some of these charities. All those walks people do raising $ for research, the pink ribbons, etc., its all BS! Huge amounts go to "administrative costs" plus they have corporate sponsors like soda & chip companies. Buy a bag of our potato chips (that give you cancer) and a portion will go to breast cancer research. Yeah, 1 cent! Meanwhile it helps their sales. Profiting off people thinking they're doing something good. 

N3mo's picture

Well said, TRP.

If you donate to the American CANCER Society, you are helping the cancer industry. Now, if someone were to found the American ANTI-CANCER Society, I might donate.

At last count, there are currently 33 proven cancer CURES available (not "treatments"). But they are inexpensive in the extreme, so are "illegal."

The MIC (Medical Industrial Complex) are a bunch of fucking genocidal sociopaths.

willwork4food's picture


Did she consider doing other homeopathic therapies outside chemo? They have worked well for many including me.

willwork4food's picture

Someone DV'd me?? Wow...just wow.

daveO's picture

Probably a death industry employee. 

Soul Glow's picture

I bet the Anunaki think we got the best buds in the universe.  Lord 'ave mercy!

Oldwood's picture

I have often wondered if we would ever see any real cure for cancer...or a cold for that matter. There is just to much money in treatments to  ever see real cures for anything. Further, given the brave new socialist world we live in, if some person or lab invested everything into a cure, how much would government allow them to sell it for? It would be worth billions if not trillions of dollars, and many people would be willing to pay whatever the cost. But with our new paradigm, the big bad devil of pharma and big med making incredible bucks, and politicians demanding virtually free access for the poor, who would really invest in a real cure if they thought it would likely be nationalized...while simultaneously destroying their "treatment" markets? If we had a free market we might actually see a cure. Someone would do it...if not for mankind, for the money. But not when big bad gov is setting there, threatening to nationalize the whole damned thing.

The madness of society DEMANDS that their perceived needs MUST be met, if they can afford it or not. We are DEMANDING  affordable healthcare, and eternal life if someone can come up with a way. Who the fuck is going to invest their life and career chasing something that ultimately will be taken away from them? For all those who agree with this...that people should be FORCED to surrender their property for the common good, you should be damned well pleased with our current "progress" in that direction.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I have often wondered if we would ever see any real cure for cancer

I am convinced that the only thing reseach has accomplished is white rats in laboratories.

Oldwood's picture

The ones in the white lab coats or the ones in the cages?

Shropshire Lad's picture

A highly effective cure for cancer was researched and developed in Southern California in the 1950's, which is used with consistent success in the realms of alternative therapies.

Read: "Cancer:  Why we are still dying to know the Truth", by Phillip Day, published by Credence Publications.


Fun Facts's picture

Big Pharma will do everything they can to prevent a cure for cancer or anything else for that matter, because all the money is in "treatment".

When a typical donkey gets diabetes from GMO food, they are put on six big pharma blockbusters for life.

So work out the Net Present Value of a diabetes donkey versus someone who takes a one week course of drugs to cure something.

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

Knucks. Ya gotta grow yer own (or know someone else who does) and make the oil yerself.

That's a big part of why it works...

trader1's picture

"Once the refined efficacy of THC is mastered and patented by Big Pharma, you'll be free of cancer for a bazillion that you could otherwise have had via the homeopathic route.  Especially when vitamins and supplements are finally outlawed for good, in favor of BigPharma.
About time for the Annanuki to come back and straighten this shit out."


see GWPH

do your dd

WhackoWarner's picture

Reason why drug companies are fiddling with plants?  IN ORDER TO PATENT and charge and control.


Grow your own cures.  Become informed of a history of natural medicine.  Grow and harvest out of the wild.  Cannot do you any harm.  Chemo?  NOPE. Never and nohow.


There are alternatives that do way less harm.  And when you look at the side effects of chemo and extension of any value in life?  Come on.  There are other options.  Ans most involve rejecting most "shelf" food in favour of organics.  And a good dose of herbs.  I see the arguments of cancer is not proven???? Yeah well your chemo studies do not carry any kind of hope of health.  And will bankrupt someone in the good old USA.  Cancer is a huge industry.


If I was a tin foil hat person I would speculate that Monsanto and ilk are in league with Cancer pharma.

DumpsterFire's picture

When I was in grad school, we did some work with aptamer based fluorescing bio-sensors for oncology prognostication.  The professor in charge would sometimes "adjust" the results so he could get more grant money, event though he knew the particular method he was pursuing was not likely to be useful (though in theory sound).  He was a real D-bag.  The point being, scientist/doctors etc. will sometimes press a procedure/treatment if they can milk some money out of it knowing the benefit is dubious at best.  If they are willing to do this with a real, deadly disease, imagine what is being pulled with something more abstract like climate change. 

spinone's picture

Its all a business.  No one is selling you something for your benefit, only theirs.  Asking an Oncologist if you need chemo therapy is like asking a barber if you need a haricut.

Almost everyone in modern industrial society is Vitamin D deficient.  We dont work outside or eat lard anymore, which were the best sources of it.  So take 5000 units of D daily, it prevents cancer.

daveO's picture

Amen to that. My 80+ yr old neighbor was nearly killed by the death(cancer) industry. He's since started a daily dose of D(thanks to his daughter) and has made a great recovery from his near (chemo-induced) death experience. I'm amazed he survived it. The problem is, he's still going to the death peddler(oncologist) for 6 month checkups. This means he will still be killed by them in the end. I've told him as much, more than once, but his foolish wife is completely brainwashed. Ooh, look at the pretty pink ribbons! 

Anusocracy's picture

There are dirty people in every field of endeavor.

DaveyJones's picture

while that's true the idea of the same global murderous bastards and their elected whores controlling my food and my medicine makes me dig another garden

WillyGroper's picture

How's those alpine strawberries?

I've never had the pleasure.

msmith9962's picture

And the more debt they take on the dirtier they get.

August's picture

"The chief function of Factor XIII is to put my kids through college."

  -  Dr. Kenneth Brinkhous, world-famous haematologist, personal communication

WhackoWarner's picture

This world is not a great place anymore.  When someone dedicates their learning for years ONLY to be seduced into violating all care?  What example does this set for any human mind seeking to follow a path of service?


Dr. OZ is a prime time tune for this.  The seduction of money.  And how much does anyone really need?  Now that is the question.  Am I willing to charge people 12,500/yr,  for drugs that I know do not do a damn thing but prolong life for a few months?  And sell them knowing there is no hope?  But it benefits it my professional standing and my grant money.  Sheesh.


There is something really wrong with a world that produces food that makes people ill.  That attempts to patent life.  (and that is a manipulated gene life)...that whishes to strip all productive soil off this planet by using ignorant farming methods.  This is just not smart people.


Long as we elect the people whose pockets are lined with these ignorant dollars?  IT IS TIME TO SAY ENOUGH.

Midas's picture

Are men more likely to get testicular cancer if they have giant balls?  I just want to know if I should worry.  Thanks in advance for any help!

americanreality's picture

Don't worry. I'm sure your boyfriend will be fine. 

Anusocracy's picture

Eunuchs have longer lifespans.

Midas's picture

Sir, I can assure you I am about as manly as they come.  I have the sex drive of an Olympic Decathalon gold medalist and I once met a future President in a Chicago bath-house.  Does that sound very gay to you?  Didn't think so.

Boomberg's picture

No, but men who know other mens'  ball size relative to their own usually come down with other deadly diseases. 

weburke's picture

avoid dairy. the correlation is known for that cancer you mention.

iodine for cancer. seaweed. eat to make cancer go away. eat vegetables and fruits. essential oils for oxygen transportation which is what is needed. You can trigger cancer in lab animals by putting them in a low oxygen environment.


Trucker Glock's picture

Link for the dairy-cancer correlation?

zebrakid's picture

The oxyjen thing is spot on. President Regan had colon cancer. He declined chemo and went to Germany for ozone/oxygen therapy. He lived anoher 19 years dying of Alzheimers at 93 years.

Otto Warberg won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1931 for his discovery that all cancer cells thrive in an anaerobic/acidic environment. Cancer cells ferment glucose and produce only 2 molecules of ATP(energy) and lactic acid, whereas oxidative metabolism of glucose produces 36 units of energy and carbon dioxide and water.

A great book on vitamin B17 is:'a world without cancer' by Edward B Griffin. Yes the same author of "the creature from Jekyll island" and the creation of the Federal Reserve.

msmith9962's picture

I've tried that one minute cure treatment with the H2O2.  I'm healthy anyway so not sure it does anything re cancer.  Makes me feel good though.