Panthers, Cancer, Monica discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
My died from her chemotherapy treatment. So I just after they're getting chemotherapy. I, I had a belief that I just get really sick and kill me, I think. And I decided to just, you know, take Panthers and like other die from the cancer from the chemotherapy by I left like that. You know, my skateboarding on a greyhound bus and left to live well after receiving nationwide media attention to being a runaway cancer facing. I learn about all different alternative therapies. I ended up doing one that they said it boosts your immune system, say body, can you know cancer the way it's supposed to what? What was that alternative therapy changed? My diet. I drank a tea to help get the right, but the Fathy that I chose was it was called seven for connecting injected into your lymph nodes. And with I was sixteen, I learned how to do these actions, but and where did you get the? Where'd you get the syrupy from. From Canada. Okay. And now and that was in ninety four. And now we're in two thousand eighteen. So you're saying that it it worked for you. Yeah, I won't say that I'm fifty nine forty now too, but but the thing that's going to have to tell me what the hell is, you know, it wasn't approved. It wasn't much like research, but when I learned about it, I believe that it is what my body needed. My sister. Well, right poisoning myself, you know, I think I'll have a better chance Billy. Thank you for your call. I definitely want to turn that back to Monica. Burt newly Jim, Allison and Monica. Let me start with you. I mean, Billy's not the only person who brings us up. We've got stuff coming in online of people wanting to talk about alternative treatments, including vitamin c. or preventative measures, dietary changes, that kind of thing. So I mean, what's your, what's your responsibility about alternative treatments? So I first of all that the we practice our medicine based on the best knowledge we have and the best knowledge we have comes from data comes from studies of patients that where we actually try different therapies in clinical trials in patients and gather data on whether they are going to respond or not, you know any given patient that receives the therapy. We we, there's only the, it's never a sure thing. The other really important. Issue that the alternative therapy approach raises is that as doctors, we absolutely have to practice our medicine in a way that includes an is respectful to the patients interest the patients values and their desires, whether it's to grab your skateboard and you know, be a teenager or whether it's to try some other therapies. You know, we try to guide it in a way that's not going to hurt what we know is the best thing to do, you know. But ultimately it's the patient's, it's the patient's journey were there to support and help in the best way we can. And the last thing we want to do is to turn them off or turn them away because they might have a different idea about something. Yeah, Jim Ellison, David thought on the. Hundred percent with what she said. We do things. You know, I'm a scientist, not a physician, but we all try to do things based on data. I understanding of how things work and what works. Well, we've just got a couple of minutes left here to wrap up the show, and Jim Nelson, since you said your scientists not a physician, I was just wondering if you might talk to us a little bit about all.