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Thanks for coming here in Briggs's memory.  I tried for a year to get access to the immunotherapy she needed.  Four days after I heard we finally had a chance, she died of complications brought on in what was meant to be a short emergency hospital stay.  It should never have been that close.  And no-one should ever have to go through all Briggs did. 

Cancer disguises itself.  Immunotherapy alerts the immune system to the cancer cells or does such things as block the disguise.  The immunotherapeutic vaccine (curative not preventive) I'd been pursuing for Briggs had brought complete remissions in stage IV patients in its very first trial. 

The tragedy of this new era not being prioritized is that it can significantly reduce hospital admissions and medical errors (the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.) while superseding chemotherapy, radiation, and most cancer surgeries.  The Vice Chair of Neurosurgery at University of California, Los Angeles, e.g., has used immunotherapy in the usually incurable brain cancer that took Senator Ted Kennedy and, in 2015, former Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau.  Senator John McCain was diagnosed with the same type.  One of her first patients in 2003 had been given two months to live.  He's still cancer-free.

In 2016 an immunotherapy put President Jimmy Carter's stage IV melanoma into complete remission after all other treatment had failed and despite it having already spread to his liver and brain.  Development of it was led by a professor on this petition.

Immunotherapy's also worked in acute leukemia.  In 2012 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia a 6-year-old girl's condition had been considered terminal, but a test after 3 weeks showed no sign of cancer.  60 Minutes later ran a story about it.  In Manhattan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has also succeeded with it in acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults.

In June, 2018, a Guardian article reported that immunotherapy has now been used to save a 49-year-old woman with incurable breast cancer: Doctors Hail World First.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos and his family have donated $55 million for the development of immunotherapies.  Bill and Melinda Gates have invested in a company focused on them.  But, for example, it was only 6 years later that the immunotherapy for resistant children's leukemia was developed enough for the Food and Drug Administration to approve its first trial.  Tens of billions are needed from, among others, Congress.

If you might like to read more, this article of mine was featured by HuffPost and Stand Up to Cancer: 30 Stars and Doctors Sign the 'Petition for Briggs'.  A shorter piece, a 3-minute read, is about the personal story behind this: From a Sword in Hand in L.A. to a Racquet Against Cancer in NYC

Please join us in calling for governments, the cancer industry, and cancer organizations to reorient the primary direction of funding, research, and treatment to the safest, most potentially effective immunotherapies in every cancer.  Not trials for trials' sake, which has too often been the case in the past with chemo, radiation, and more.  An overabundance of unwarranted trials only leads to lack of oversight and harm.  And in conjunction with that prioritization, to make information on immunotherapy routinely and widely available to patients and caregivers.

(If you've read Briggs: Love, Cancer, and the Medical Profession, comments to build awareness would helpfully reach more people as a book review on the Amazon kindle/paperback page:  Only the latest show below.)

Heartfelt thanks for signing in Briggs's memory, to begin changing this for others as she so wanted, and for anyone you know with cancer; I hope not a close loved one or you yourself.

A sister petition to this one addresses Medical Errors.  Briggs is one of millions who've died from their treatment, not their cancer: Petition for Briggs for a New Era in Medical Care
Join Rod Laver, Chris Evert, Nick Kyrgios & 10 squash legends and pros in the Volleying Challenge for Briggs's Petition
I've also begun a petition to put Briggs's beautiful, smiling face on the cover of TIME Magazine to begin this new era.  40,000 people have signed so far: Put Briggs on the Cover of TIME.
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