Doctor Oz spoke about Gleevac, the so-called Miracle Pill for Cancer that may just hold the key to a cure for cancer. Some of the people on Dr Oz’s show were living what they thought were their last days in hospice care facilities, before they took Gleevec – the miracle cure for cancer. Nearly 100% of patients who took Gleevac had their cancer go into remission. Gleevec only attacks cancer cells and leaves your body’s other cells alone – unlike chemotherapy which makes people extremely sick by also attacking healthy normal cells. There is a 90% survival rate over five years for cancer patients who took Gleevec, and Gleevac has been approved to fight 10 different types of cancer. Basically, Gleevac lets cancer be treated as a chronic disease that can be lived with and managed, similar to having diabetes.
Dr Brian Druker, inventor of Gleevec, was on the Dr Oz show to talk about his cure for Leukemia and cancer patients. Dr. Druker wanted to come up with a cure for cancer because he wanted to help his patients. As soon as he started trials for Gleevac, he started to notice that his patient’s blood counts returned to normal. Gleevec currently i s approved to treat 10 different cancer types such as leukemia and gastrointestinal cancers.
Dr Gail Roboz said that Gleevac is a life changing drug with a new paradigm for cracking the case of cancer. Dr Oz said the bigger question becomes can we unlock the mysteries of other cancers now too? Dr Oz showed a diagram of a femur bone, which is one of the biggest bones in your body. Inside of the bone are red blood cells that carry oxygen and white blood cells that defend your body. Inside of the white blood cells are chromosomes with your DNA in them. If the DNA from two chromosomes cross and get mixed, then you can start to have problems where your body starts to produce more white blood cells. Soon your bone marrow gets too much white blood cells – and too much of a good thing is never good – the cells turn into sociopaths.
Current cancer treatments like chemotherapy work by destroying and eradicating not only the cancer, but your own healthy normal cells as well. If you could just turn off the protein that is causing white blood cells to grow out of control, then you can kill the cancer without killing your normal cells, which makes this a new paradigm for curing cancer.
Dr. Brian Druker said that the next step is to expand to other cancers and to see how we can prevent cancer altogether. For example, there is a gene that predisposes women to an 80% risk of cancer. Rather than removing a woman’s breasts and ovaries, it would be great if you could take a medication as a preventative measure to prevent cancer.
Tracey, a young girl, had Leukemia and was treated by Gleevec, which she said is one of the reasons she is probably alive today. Tracey said that if everyone wants to help, they should sign up on a bone marrow registry. So please, if you can, please get registered at your local bone marrow registry to help those with Leukemia.