Thursday, May 19, 2016

Killing GBM with Polio: 60 Minutes Episode Labeled “Breakthrough Status”

All you brain tumor victims, caregivers and victim friends and relatives should know that:

“On May 15, CBS 60 Minutes reported that a polio virus vaccine received breakthrough status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because of promising results in early studies conducted at Duke University. In an almost 40-minute newscast, CBS 60 Minutes shares perspectives from the researchers, and stories from patients and caregivers that highlighted their experience on the trial.”

“Breakthrough Status” is not lightly given by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To the best of my knowledge, this is unprecedented for a brain tumor therapy.

If you have a loved one suffering from Glioblastoma, watch this episode:

This is the second time I’m writing about this therapy.  I am compelled to write about it because a dear college friend of my wife and mine has just been diagnosed with GBM. GBM is a horrific, relentless, terrifying disease that strikes down wonderful people, fabulous people, important people indiscriminately and ruthlessly.

Historically, GBM victims have had almost no hope at all. Now, for the first time, there seems to be a path available to some victims. 

I cannot write anymore today, because if I do, I will start weeping and screaming and thrashing about like somebody or something is tearing my soul in two.


PS – In addition to providing a link to the episode, the segment’s script is also posted.
PPS – On this 60 Minute segment Scott Pelley is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta and Michael Radutzky, are producers.

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