December 31, 2008
And yet again, I read another article about a cancer breakthrough that was struck down by the FDA. And I quote,
"In 1996, the senior oncologist at a prominent New York hospital rocked the medical world when he developed a serum that "shrank cancer tumors!" 90 minutes later they were gone... Headlines hit every major paper around the world. Time and time again this live saving treatment worked miracles, but the FDA ignored the research and hope he brought and shut him down. He was not only shut down--but also forced out of the country where others benefited from his discovery."
When I read articles like this I get very angry. Why should this be? Should we not be given the opportunity to decide for ourselves if we would like to try another treatment instead of the traditional chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery? Instead, most people are not even aware of other cancer treatments that can and have proved effective.
I, for one, would really like to see this change. Receiving information about different types of treatment should be readily available to everyone.
I was fortunate in my journey that I was able to take time off work and search out alternative therapies to treat the cancer I had. I felt some sense of control which was very important to me in my recovery.