I hope so, one of my sisters (who just died yesterday as a result of organ failure after voluntarily ceasing her medications for months) grew up fighting leukemia, after 15 years, a few relapses, and several bone marrow transplants plus extensive chemotherapies finally beat it, but thanks to treatments had two other cancers develop which she also had to beat. I really hope for a breakthrough on chemo in these regards.
I'm so sorry to hear that. That must have been so hard on you and your family. You're right, the unfortunate part about chemo is there's always a point where you have to decide whether it's doing more harm than good. Chemotherapy is toxic, nobody denies that. The thing I hate about this article and others like it is it talks about these issues as if it's new information and as if the medical community is trying to hide it and pull the wool over our eyes. They're really not. The dangers of cytotoxic drugs to patients as well as researchers and technicians has been known for a long time. It's not a secret. Look up any biotech company safety manual and there will probably be a section on how to handle cytotoxic materials, even if the company doesn't have them on site. If people handling those drugs are not taking the proper precautions to protect themselves it's their own fault.
Pouria, yes there are alternatives, but they are all in the development stage. Some are further along than others which is why I say that we should expect a fundamental shift in cancer treatment to start happening in the near future. But you should know it can take upwards of 20 years and hundreds of millions of dollars for a treatment to go from the pre-clinical development stage, through clinical trials and finally reach commercialization, and that's with several pitfalls and failures along the way. You should also understand that there is never going to be a "cure for cancer" so to speak. That's like expecting a cure-all for viruses. Each cancer is different and needs to be treated differently.