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Cancer Drug Adds Two Months: Called Breakthrough

Monday, September 28, 2009 by: Kim Evans
Tags: cancer drugs, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) Bayer is currently touting a "breakthrough drug" for breast cancer. A trial showed it can halt tumor growth for about 2.3 months. Used with chemotherapy, it was found to halt tumor growth for about 6 months; the lead investigator for the study said the drug "will be an important addition to our therapeutic armory in breast cancer."

But, let's be serious, is 2.3 months really a breakthrough? And since people are still regularly dying after the treatment, perhaps halting tumor growth for a couple of months isn't nearly adequate? The cost of these pills is between $4,500 - 5,400 per month.

Bayer hopes to make $2.9 billion annually from the drug, but even if it performs as expected, the patient won't benefit more than another season. The 2.3 months beat analysts' expectations, which leave one wondering just how low their expectations were to begin with.

The drug, called Nexavar, is also approved for liver and kidney cancer.

In fact, the results of the liver cancer trials were the talk of the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in 2007. For late stage liver cancer, the "median survival was 10.7 months for those who took the drug, compared with 7.9 months for those who took placebo."

Less than three months were added to the patients' lives, and this was cause for tremendous excitement among medical professionals. A Wall Street Journal blogger used the headline "Nexavar Works Against Liver Cancer." But can this tiny amount even be called working?

Since the patients are also on chemo, one can imagine how great their quality of life must have been, between the hair loss and vomiting.

To top it off, patients on this drug will often have diarrhea and skin problems, along with hair loss and vomiting. And keep in mind that skin problems, diarrhea and vomiting are all symptoms of what the body does when it needs to remove poisons from itself. In these incidences, the body is using the elimination methods of the bowel, skin and stomach.

But let's get back to the bottom-line and look at why this is a breakthrough.

Liver patients take the drug for about 11 months (before they die) and this pads the medical establishment's bottom-line by about $55,000 - per patient. This doesn't include the costs of chemotherapy and other drugs, which can add another $100 to 300 thousand to the bill. It sure sounds like a breakthrough for medical profits, but not for any patient.

The tiny extension shown in this trial is enough to get it approved, so breast cancer patients will soon hear the words "breakthrough treatment," but with a whole different set of expectations. It'll be curious to see how thoroughly such a flimsy breakthrough is explained to patients.

An honest explanation might be, "If you follow our recommended treatment, you'll probably need to sell your home to pay your share, so I hope your spouse won't mind being homeless in addition to losing you. Then, you can spend a couple extra months of your life vomiting, rushing to the toilet, in a wig, and with bad skin. Afterward, there's a very decent chance you'll die. It's our latest FDA-approved breakthrough, are you interested?"

At $4,500 to $5,400 per month, aren't you curious how much profit margin is in those pills? Some drugs are known to have 100,000 or even 500,000 percent profit margins above the active ingredients. Do you think that's the case with these little pills too?

Part of the problem is that drug companies have been having significant problems lately, because many of their "breakthrough drugs" aren't showing any benefits over sugar-based placebo pills. This is the case for drugs that have gone through several stages of trials and have been called breakthroughs to the industry, before a sugar pill eventually wins out.

Now, when a trial shows any tiny benefit it's a breakthrough for the drug company because they can get it approved. Hence, it's rushed through the FDA, and to doctors' prescription pads, no matter what the expense, how small the benefit, or at what cost to quality of life.


About the author

Kim Evans is a natural health writer and author of Cleaning Up! The Ultimate Body Cleanse. Cleaning Up! offers deep cleansing and using methods in this book, people have gotten rid of dozens of different types of health problems, as well as just losing excess weight, thinking more clearly, and feeling better.

Kim's next book chronicles events in her life that happen to match patterns in the Bible. She's also found three places in the Bible that tell us its about these patterns and even asking you to match them.
Here's a little from the upcoming book...
In Isaiah 22:20, it says, "And it must occur in that day that I will call my servant, namely Eliakim." But, because these prophecies are cryptic and they aren't meant to be understood until they are understood, it's only the last three letters.
A few lines later, it says, "From the land of Kittim it has been revealed to them."
Here, you just take out any three middle letters, and again, it's the name of the person bringing you this message, or the sacred secret of the prophecy. Actually, if you take those two passages, Kim is about the only name you can get from both of them.
In Numbers 1:1 1:18, it's talking about "the family" and mentions Pagiel. It also twice mentions February 1st, (Kim's birthday) and then says that the youngest is 20 years old. Kim's little sister Paige is currently 20 years old.
In Chronicles 1 11:20 it mentions the brother of Joab and then in the same sentence uses the word brandishing. Kim's middle name is Jo and her older sister's name is Brandi. There are other patterns to her sisters too but these sort of mention them by name.
Of course, it helps if you know that there is a magical spiritual reality available that comes deep cleansing and often major dietary upgrades. It's also why Jesus was teaching the same thing, if you find his teachings in the Essene Gospel of Peace. In this text, he even says things like, "You'll never see the father unless you clean your colon." But, this is paraphrased...
In the Bible Jesus says things more like, happy are those who wash their robes, as they can enter the tree of life. The tree of life is elsewhere explained as God's paradise. He also said, first clean the inside of the cup and then the outside will also be clean.
Kim's book Cleaning Up! is here http://www.cleaningupcleanse.com. You can also preorder The Sacred Prophecies Have Been Fulfilled
here. It shouldn't be long.

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