Cancer is both a painful and frightening topic for many Americans, as it is for the rest of the world. Many people have either lost a loved one to a battle with cancer or know someone close who died due to the fatal disease or who has a precious family member who succumbed to the formidable illness.
But there are many hidden facts, little-known information or new discoveries that Americans do not know because the mainstream medical industry and the media do not openly discuss them, or even deliberately withhold the otherwise helpful knowledge about fighting cancer.
A provocative film “Surviving Terminal Cancer” bravely discusses what doctors may not be telling their patients about treating terminal cancer. Patients diagnosed with terminal cancer who are “lucky” enough to be given a few years to live are normally given the standard procedure of aggressive treatment, including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy even though oncologists are fully aware all these treatments won’t cure cancer. But patients would follow blindly, clinging on to hope for any chance that they may survive the disease and the death sentence of cancer.
Even if patients may wish to avail of out-of-the-box cancer treatments- which, by the way, exist and are out there- chances are, their doctors will not administer or even help them with non-mainstream treatment options, out of fear of risking their professional reputation and even medical license should patients decide to sue in the end if the alternative treatments failed to work for them.
“Surviving Terminal Cancer” film interviews several oncologists who discuss their predicament about mainstream and alternative treatments. Aside from the dilemma of doctors to stick to industry practices, there’s also a bigger picture to confront. Modern cancer care, even in a medically-advanced country such as the U.S., is not set up to treat the patient, in the here and now. Instead, and in reality, most cancer patients are not aware of, the medical industry’s primary goal in “treating” cancer patients is to validate experimental therapies for future cancer patients years from now.
The sad truth is modern cancer care fails an unacceptably high percentage of the time due to a number of factors including regulatory red tape, drug company greed, failures in the scientific process and lack of a universal will to do what’s best for patients.
One person dared to take the unbeaten path, so to speak, in combating cancer. Ben Williams, Ph.D. professor emeritus of Experimental Psychology at the University of California, San Diego was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain tumor, 19 years ago. He survived. Doctors shrugged off his amazing survival as a rare fluke by his doctors, but for Williams, it is because of what he did on his own that made him survive the terminal disease.
Williams wrote a book “Surviving Terminal Cancer: Clinical Trials, Drug Cocktails, and Other Treatments Your Oncologist Won’t Tell You About” where he discussed the multifaceted strategy he used to defeat cancer. He also talked about such experience in the film.
Williams shared that he outsmarted cancer by attacking it from multiple angles. For instance, he described a mushroom extract that has zero toxicity that’s used routinely to treat cancer in Japan, but not even mentioned in the U.S.
He also did his own research and discovered the potential to use existing non-cancer medications off-label to treat cancer. It’s due to the fact that once a patient expires on a drug, a potential for the companies to profit from it goes down. Drug companies then would normally choose to simply abandon them in favor of newer, more profitable pursuits.
Williams also had some startling discoveries, among them:
1.Abandoned drugs show promise but oncologists won’t prescribe them
2.When modern medicine fails them, cancer patients turn to self-medication and the black market
- Williams daily cocktail of off-label medications and natural products worked. His brain tumor disappeared in six months and hasn’t made come back since.
3.Natural cancer fighters overlooked by modern medicine
-There are many natural products that are left out of cancer patients’ treatment plans even those that have been intensely studied. One simple example is curcumin- one of the most well-studied bioactive ingredients in turmeric.
4.To survive cancer, many must defy their doctors
Williams never told his oncologists his self-prescribed treatment as he knew he would only be discouraged and scolded for it. Going against his doctors was the only way for Williams to survive. He said the industry should look at his experience and those of others who defied the odds to survive, instead of ignoring them and their worthwhile stories.
5.Cancer patients should have access to the best of Eastern and Western Medicine
Last year, almost 600,000 people may have died from cancer in the U.S., that’s like 1,650 people died in the U.S. alone. There are ways to help prevent cancer from developing in one’s body through healthy-living in terms of food, enough sleep, and lifestyle change. It’s best to prepare even when the enemy has not started knocking yet by fortifying one’s body with good health.