PETITION FOR BRIGGS FOR CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ALL - A New Era
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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. Just four days after I heard we finally had a chance, I lost her to 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 either alerts the immune system to it 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 colorectal cancer.
Immunotherapy's a potential cure in all other solid-tumor cancers such as breast, lung, renal, and pancreatic. The Vice Chair of Neurosurgery at University of California, Los Angeles has successfully used it in the usually incurable brain cancer that took Senator Ted Kennedy and, in 2015, Joe Biden's son Beau. She has patients still cancer-free at over 10 years.
In early 2016 an immunotherapy put President Jimmy Carter's stage IV melanoma into complete remission 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 all treatment had failed with a 6-year-old girl at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her condition was terminal, but a test after 3 weeks showed no cancer. 60 Minutes later ran a story on it. Memorial Sloan-Kettering has succeeded in adult leukemia.
If you'd like to read more on immunotherapy, this article of mine about it and Briggs was featured by the Huffington Post and Stand Up to Cancer: 30 Stars and Doctors Sign the 'Petition for Briggs for Cancer Immunotherapy for All'.
Former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg and Amazon's Jeff Bezos and his family have donated tens of millions to cancer centres for the development of immunotherapies. Bill and Melinda Gates have invested in a company focused on them. It takes anywhere from $350 million at a biotech to $5 billion at a major drug company to bring one new treatment to the market. Tens of billions are needed from, among others, Congress.
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, and, notably in this context, curative immunotherapeutic vaccines. (The one I'd tried to get Briggs had a perfect safety profile.) Not trials for trials' sake, which has too often been the case in the past with chemo, etc. An overabundance of unwarranted trials only leads to lack of oversight and harm. And in conjunction with that, 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: www.Amazon.com/BRIGGS. 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, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Briggs is one of millions who have died from their treatment, not their cancer: Petition for Briggs for a New Era in Medical Care and Treatment
Join Rod Laver, Martina Navratilova, Nick Kyrgios & 10 squash greats 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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