Steven Ertelt | Life News | April 1, 2015
Scientists have announced a huge breakthrough that could have provided help for Brittany Maynard, the cancer patient who received national attention over her plan to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law. Cancer patients and pro-life groups tried to talk her out of the decision but Maynard said she didn’t want to deal with the pain and other effects from her brain cancer.
After suffering from severe headaches, Brittany Maynard found out she had stage II glioblastoma multiforme and had up to ten years to live. However, after she had surgery, doctors found out that she had the most deadly form of brain cancer, stage IV glioblastoma multiforme. The cancer usually kills its victims in a matter of months.
After her diagnosis, Brittany decided that she wanted to move from her California home to Oregon so that she could have access to the “death with dignity” prescription.
Now, the most recent episode of 60 Minutes explored the ‘near miraculous’ treatment regime that has actually brought remissions for Gliobalstoma cancer, (Brittany Maynard’s cancer) as recently as November proclaimed to be “hopeless and incurable.”
“This amazing story is both groundbreaking and tragic,” said Clinical Psychologist Dr. Mark Hoffman, spokesman for California Seniors Against Suicide. “If Brittany Maynard, who had been convinced to end it all, would have just waited until Spring the amazing hope now being offered in this landmark study would have opened a new world of hope to this attractive and vibrant, yet clearly depressed young woman.”
The story by 60 Minutes reporter Scott Pelley, is available here. The unheard-of treatment regime actually uses polio to attack the cancer. The body’s immune system then attacks the ‘infected’ cancer. Clinical trials have now been refined so that the most recent participants have become ‘cancer clear’ and are in remission.
Maynard’s condition and her request for suicide in California has become a centerpiece for a concerted, mediagenic focus on changing the law. Continue reading