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Originally posted by joey
I guess I'm pretty bitter about the FDA and testing in general.
My mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer at 68. Basically, there was nothing they could do and said she had 6 weeks to live. She had a great oncologist who got Mom into a very small trial study. She took a pill and there were really no side effects as in chemo. The pill was to target only the cancer cells. She was in the program for one course of treatment, then, because her tumor had not shrunk more than 10%, they kicked her out of the study.
I know she would have died anyway, but she was having some tumor shrinkage and some quality time with us.
Her doctor literally begged the pathologist to say that her tumor had shrunk more than 10% so she could remain in the study. Of course, he wouldn't do it.
So, she just let nature take its course and she died very quickly.
I realize studies have to have some control mechanisms. Pragmatically, I can accept that and I can even accept double blind studies, but you have a different persepctive when someone you love is rejected by science.
Is there a cure for cancer? Heck, I don't know. I just know my dealings with the cancer medical establishment (except for the one great oncologist) were less than pleasant.