Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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Jim has benefitted greatly from his clinical trial experience. I don’t think Jim is exaggerating when he says that clinical trials have saved his life. Jim has lived with multiple myeloma since 1991. If I am the poster child for evidence-based NON-conventional therapies then Jim Bond is the poster child for FDA approved conventional therapies. And we both hail from Cleveland, Ohio. Go figure.
Thanks for all you do to help those of us with cancer. As you know, I was diagnosed with stage 3 multiple myeloma and told by major cancer center I would live 3 years at most. That was 25 years ago. I have been physically active throughout these 25 years. Much of our story is available by searching my name, James Bond, with multiple myeloma.
I believe clinical trials, second opinions, daily exercise, and partnering with our medical team are key reasons for my robust survival. To date, I have entered 6 clinical trials, which helped at least 2 new myeloma drugs get FDA approval. I was always treated very well in each clinical trial. I would have died in 2002 without one clinical in particular. Contact me at Jim.firstname.lastname@example.org for my beliefs that more of us should enter clinical trials, if they make sense to our situation.
–I will be treated like lab rat. Not my experience at all
–I will offend my local doctor. You have the wrong doc if he/she places their practice above your health
–I may be given a placebo. In virtually all cancer clinical trials, patients get the standard of care ( if one exists) or the new drug or combo being tested. As soon as one trial arm shows significantly better results, patients are advised to switch to the more beneficial arm. I have personally seen this happen.
–the trial doc will care more about the experimental drug than my health. I saw just the opposite, the docs and nurses cared as much about me as when I was not in a trial.
According to the ACS, Virtually all major advances in cancer treatments have come from clinical trials. No one has funded more scientists (47) than the ACS. The ACS saved my life twice (so far).