Comments: New Cancer Drug Approved, But Does It Prolong Life?
the founder of The Annie Appleseed Project I have often noted that we
patients/advocates continue to accept drugs that generally fail to offer
much in the way of lifesaving benefits - extension of life (with poor
quality), usually a few months or less. we will always get offered that
type as long as we acquiesce.
The NY Times article clearly states that this occurs with horrible frequency.
those that gained approval in the last 20 years, fewer than one in five
have been shown to extend lives, life extensions usually measured in
weeks or months, not years".
It has been profitable to create,
sell, market, drugs that are very expensive, highly toxic but not very
useful. Yes, they help a few, but the cost is high. I think the cost is
that we do not have BETTER, LESS EXPENSIVE drugs - but that may just be
If it is about health, then WE need to ask for less toxicity.
I believe one method to achieve that is to include, involved and test,
natural products more fully. Our site has many pages of animal research
on the value of some nutrients, dietary supplements, herbs. It is TIME
to really take a look at this valuable resource area.
If we can accept the level of toxicity that chemotherapy brings - how fearful can we be about vitamins and natural nutrient?