I really believe that most of the current research is a waste of money, it would be much better to go in the direction of early detection of cancer. The only way that we can cure it at the moment and for the forseeable future is to catch it in the early stages. This has been done with breast cancer and it is working very successfully.
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A couple of weeks ago I came across a new documentary on channel 4 in UK, it is called "Curing Cancer" and I do not think that it has appeared on Australian TV yet, I recommend watching it when it does. The program was filmed at the University College Hospital London/Macmillan Cancer Centre.
The program of just one hour followed four patients who were going through the latest forms of treatment. On of them had lung cancer and she was given Microwave Ablation, this is a process where a needle is inserted into the tumour, Radio Frequency waves are then applied to the needle, these burn the tumour away. It was very successful for this lady, reducing her tumour by 30%, the plan was for her to return every six weeks for more treatment. This treatment, also called, more accurately, Radio Frequency Ablation can also be used to treat many other forms of cancer where tumours are involved. Also in the program were two prostate cancer patients, one had a very successful operation the other was diagnosed by a new method and was given the all clear. I'm not sure what the fourth person had, it was an egg sized lump on his neck, the targetted therapy got rid of it in two weeks but sadly it returned later and he had to go back to chemotherapy.
I will be watching out for this program to appear on Australian TV because I would like to see it again. I was particularly interested in the Ablation which seems to be the most promising new treatment that I've seen for cancer.
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On the 12th January 2015 I will become a five year survivor. I was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma 3B, it has now reached stage four, I also have Myelodysplasia. My first treatment was chemo but I could not handle it and changed over to Tarceva, it worked well for me for 31 months. I'm now on Alimta chemo every three weeks and it is working very well for me, I have become very stable. My wife and I have tried to live as normal a life as possible, travelling as much as ever. We have plans to renovate our house of 30+ years to make it more comfortable and easier to manage, we did have plans to move to a retirement village but may not do that now. We believe that great contribution to survival is have a strong desire to live, it is far stronger than all the medicines. I've made a few more comments in introductions, don't want to repeat them here or it might become boring. Basically letting cancer win is not part of our plans.
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My name is Nigel Waring, I was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma 3B in the right lung on the 12th January 2010. I started with chemo but could not handle it so after just three months I went onto Tarceva, had a good run of 31 months from that then changed to Alimta which I'm still on and have found it to be very stable. I've survived for almost five years by following the instructions of my Oncologist and the advice given in all the booklets and leaflets. I am a teetotaller and a vegetarian, I try to avoid added sugar, fats and high GI food, most of what we eat is fresh fruit and steamed vegetables along with some Sanitarium products for protein. I try to live as normal a life as possible, still planning for the future, we still travel as much as ever, this year we have been to Japan, South Korea and Siberia, in a few weeks we will have an escorted tour of the gardens in Tasmania. We do have plans for next year but we will see how the Ebola goes before we book anything. I've recently taken out an Australian Amateur Radio licence with the call sign VK2WQP, have some equipment but still working on setting up an aerial. I'm a member of the Support Group at Jacaranda Lodge in the San Hospital Grounds.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.