Intolerable Delays!July 2014
By William Faloon
Not Fast Enough!
In 2010, the Life Extension Foundation® pledged a substantial amount of money to a prestigious cancer research institute to evaluate many of the components contained in our published Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Protocol. The institution eagerly pushed this project forward, generating reams of paperwork in order to obtain Institutional Review Board approval.
Here we are in 2014, and the total number of pancreatic patients enrolled in this study is zero.
Bureaucratic delays like this are beyond rational understanding. These are human lives we are talking about!
When we devised unique treatments for AIDS in the 1980s, they were provided to dying AIDS patients almost overnight. Not all of them worked, but the ones that did built on a foundation that has resulted in HIV patients living for decades, as opposed to pancreatic cancer patients who often die in a matter of months.
Contrast the rapid development of AIDS therapies to most pancreatic cancer patients who die even after enduring the Whipple Procedure that was first described in 1935. It is clear that methods employed by AIDS activists are far superior to today’s regulatory quagmire that stymies cancer research.
Citizens Should Revolt
Cancer will likely kill over 570,000 Americans this year.88
Already-approved treatments could be saving lives, such as administering moderate dose interleukin-2 early in the disease process. Yet even these simple treatment enhancements are ignored by the oncology mainstream that prefers to practice assembly line medicine.
These kinds of delays would have never been tolerated by AIDS activists, who experimented with any potentially effective drug on large numbers of dying patients to quickly discover what worked and what didn’t.
The New England Journal of Medicine credits the work of AIDS pioneers as revolutionizing the way medical research is conducted today. We at Life Extension disagree with this Pollyanna assessment, as cancer therapies we uncovered decades ago remain bogged down in FDA red tape. Many are not being pursued at all despite a continuous stream of favorable data flowing out of research facilities.
The slogan in the black box below was chanted by AIDS activists who surrounded FDA headquarters in 1988 and shut down the agency for one day:89,90
“Act Up, Speak Out… Silence = Death!”
Protest Now Rather Than Wait For Funerals
I do not know why every cancer patient and their family does not march on Washington to demand the same exemption from bureaucratic suffocation that enabled HIV to become a manageable disease in a relatively brief window of time.
Perhaps cancer patients should write their family and friends and state something to the effect:
“In lieu of attending my funeral, would you mind marching on the Capitol in Washington D.C. and insist that cancer patients have unfettered access to any therapy that might work.”
For longer life,
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