Before I listened to the interviews I was on Twitter for a bit and read the circulating article by Dr. Andrew Weill (maybe one of the best-known integrative docs) concerning the outpouring of venom (it doesn't quite sound like grief)against the "alternative cancer" treatment that "failed [the late] Steve Jobs". Pancreatic cancer is one tough cancer to manage, either way. People, we don't know all the details, and we don't know how the outcomes would be if he had undergone surgery... the prognosis is usually not great.
What I have found in my own experience(and blessedly, I have not had to deal with a diagnosis of cancer)is that most of the conventional medical practitioners I have been to have been busy beyond belief and have been trained mostly to bypass any suggestions as to how to help me with suggestions around lifestyle changes in preference to getting out the prescription pad. On the other hand, the alternative caregivers I have visited seem to want to hear my own take on-- well-- my own body. I have never felt like an increasingly more invisible older woman who will take up residence in their waiting room if they encourage me with too much interest in how I am feeling or coping or what I have tried. But I digress...
Quotes from Dr. Contreras: "Buy into the diagnosis, but don't buy into the prognosis"... "Cancer is not the killer-- Hopelessness is the killer."
Both of these speakers have inspired me to make a few lifestyle changes I need to make to start to feel healthier and to ramp up my immune system.