Poll Results Revealed and What They Mean
When my friend contracted Glioblastoma in January of 2020, I had never heard about ‘repurposed drugs.’ Almost no one had. That is when my journey began.
I was not familiar with the prognosis, so I had to look it up. About one year is the average survival with ‘standard treatment’ which means brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. I read that the survival stats have not changed significantly the past 50 years.
You will find no mention of repurposed drugs if you read about Glioblastoma (GBM) on Wikipedia, but you will read plenty about the latest, greatest improvement in care – the drug Temozolomide (TMZ) – which a 575-person study showed increased survival from 12.1 months to 14.6 months.
However, when I researched long-term survivors, I found Dr. Ben Williams who was diagnosed in 1995 with Glioblastoma Multiforme – and he remains alive today because he used repurposed drugs. Only 1 to 3 % survive more than 5 years. And if you research Glioblastoma, you will read that the longest anyone has survived is around 20 years. Not true. Ben has now survived nearly 30 years, but he did not do it with chemotherapy or TMZ.