- Aug 8, 2013
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think this is a cure, merely a less impactful way of keeping the cancer at bay. As stated in the recent CBC piece, "Panov says the therapy has given him a new lease on life. 'My cancer always comes back, but from the patient's point of view, I know if that chemo was tested on the mice, I know it will work. That's huge,' Panov said. 'Because usually people get chemo without knowing what will be the end result.'
This other article also doesn't talk about a cure, per se, but rather keeping the cancer "at bay." It also says the cost of all that mouse rangling is $15,000.
So, it looks as if Rob is signing up for chemotherapy for the rest of his life.
Which, as an aside, can have horrible affects on one's teeth—at least according to my dentist, whose father has been fighting cancer for some time. In fact, it makes me wonder if Rob's new teeth might not be false.
Ideally, the chemo shrinks the tumour for sucessful surgery, unfortunately in many cases the chemo simply delays the inevitable. I noticed that the other patient was diagnosed at a much earlier stage and that can make a huge difference. I don't think Rob will be around next election, but I could be wrong.