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Grateful for Medical Advances

Started by Anonymous on 23 May 2014 at 16:28
Edited on 24 May 2014 at 11:16

It's precisely five years ago today since I started treatment for a metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST).  I had gone from working full-time and feeling fit and well up to a couple of weeks beforehand to a consultation with a clinical oncologist mapping out a treatment regime which hopefully would save my life. Surgery was not an option, but she explained that a drug called Imatinib, commonly referred to as Glivec, might do the trick by reducing, then inhibiting further growth of the main tumour and the metastasised areas in my liver and lymph nodes.  

Glivec has indeed been a life saver for me as I've now reached the five year milestone and the treatment is still working.  That may not always be the case and, like many others, I still live with the shadow of doubt and uncertainty about what the future may hold.

I suppose my point is that my chances of survival in the days before Glivec was available would have been slim to non-existent, hence the title I have given to this contribution.  We have to  hope that more and more people have similar life-changing opportunities as scientific and medical pioneers continue to work into the future to develop effective treatments for cancer.  


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    From CarolineH  
    28 May 2014 at 09:34

    The link Don't believe the hype, makes interesting reading with some good attachements. Sugar particularly is interesting. Sugar itself does not necessarliy feed cancer but it is the consequences of eating sugar on hormone levels and the immune system that seems to possibly be the problem.

    An interesting debate.


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    From SusieQ  
    27 May 2014 at 15:24
    Edited on: 27 May 2014 at 18:31

    It is wonderful to read your good news.  It's interesting that much of cancer media coverage is about the impact of cancer itself, and it's effect on individuals lives. It's inspiring to hear of the success stories too, and Glivec (amongst many new cancer treatments) has made a big difference.

    I've been reading a science blog on Cancer Research Uk's website this morning, entitled 'Don't believe the hype - 10 persistent cancer myths debunked' (March 24th, 2014), and of particluar interest was Myth 9...'We've made no progress in fighting cancer'. The author goes on to state that..'This simply isn’t true. Thanks to advances in research, survival from cancer has doubled in the UK over the past 40 years, and death rates have fallen by 10 per cent over the past decade alone. In fact, half of all patients now survive at least ten years.'

    It is delightful to hear of you reaching the 5 year mark, and it will encourage other online members, new to the cancer experience, to see there can be hope. I can also understand your point, that although it's good news, uncertainty can remain a dogged companion...(many on here will identify with that).

    May I wish you continued success with your treatment,

    Very best wishes


    (Cancer Support Specialist)





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