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Vederzwaar is a blog written by a young Dutch mother who was first diagnosed with breast cancer at 28. Diana passed away on March 5th, 2015 in The Hague, The Netherlands after living with metastatic breast cancer for five years. I hope her blog will remain, as it is a testament to her great belief in her family and her perseverance against all odds. Rest well Diana.
Below is a message by our good friend Marc from Canada. Marc passed away on Sunday October 19th, 2014 in Alkmaar the Netherlands.
My oncologist advised folfiri/avastin/erbitux. He said it would give me a life expectancy of 18 months (when he saw my face he said “maybe 24” – so that’s all right then! ) I actually think he is being optimistic. But that is the way it is. Chemo in advanced disease won’t cure you, it may slow things down for a bit, but after a while it stops working, the cancer mutates around the treatment and starts growing again. And then you look for further treatments and so on until you run out of options. And then you look for trials – I hate those trials. Look at the phase 2 or 3 studies: Some fancy new drug, add it to the established cocktail and compare. And sure, the survival increases from 6.2 months to 9.5. And this then is considered a success, FDA approval is obtained, the drug is added to the protocols and someone somewhere makes a shit load of money. And the patient suffers and dies…..
This Victor is not meant to be pessimistic or to bring you and Sheila down. But there are other ways. Given that mainstream medicine has nothing to offer me anymore I have decided on a very different treatment, which is in fact illegal here in North America but I have been able to access this. And no, I am not talking about vitamins, herbs, diet or other forms of quackery, this is a well documented treatment with outcome statistics that are better than modern treatments in advanced disease. I will be starting this treatment in a few days. The statistics for advanced breast cancer are in fact quite encouraging with this treatment. If you are interested I will happily provide you with the details. As you know I am a pretty sane, well informed person and believe this treatment has merit.
For now I think it is quite reasonable to follow your oncologist’s advice and recommendation and judge the response. But if his treatment does not work there are other options, Sheila’s disease need not be terminal! And if anyone tells you that it is, don’t just take their word for it, take control of your life, stand up for yourself, you have nothing to lose!
Take care my friends,
Read more about Marc’s experiences: http://marcdu4.wordpress.com/