The Future of Medicine is Changing
Dec 03, 2015 03:11PM
● By Carolyn Gross
There have been rumblings going on for quite some time that cancer treatments may be in need of an overhaul. Currently conferences in the medical realms, as featured on the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune, are all focused on the subject matter of immunotherapy and bio-genetic medicines based on a person’s own DNA.
“Does this sound interesting to you?” asks Gross. “If we take the disease of cancer from my perspective as a patient advocate for 10 years, stories are rampant that demonstrate the need to find a new approach to enhance the treatment model and resolve the cancer predicament.”
In 2003, Gross was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, specifically infiltrating ductal carcinoma. The recommendation of three medical experts was all the same—they wanted to remove her breast, followed with chemotherapy and radiation. “It was the exact treatment both my grandmothers had received 30 years earlier,” explains Gross. “I wasn’t trying to be heroic when I said ‘no, thank you’ to the mastectomy and started looking for a less invasive treatment protocol.” What she chose instead was immunotherapy, consisting of customized cancer vaccines and targeted chemotherapy, to destroy the tumor without the invasive surgery.
Working together with Gernomio Rubio, MD, and Rubio Cancer Center, Gross reversed her stage 3 breast cancer 12 years ago. “I then promised that I would help to educate the community on the future of cancer treatment,” she affirms,” because the future of medicine is indeed changing!”
Those seeking a 21st century solution to this complex disease can join Gross for the 5th annual Your Health is Your Wealth Symposium being held Friday, January 8, 2016 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
Cost: Tickets are $40 each or 2 for $75 and include dinner, live music and health connections galore. To order tickets or be an exhibitor at the health marketplace, call 760-741-2762 or email [email protected]. Visit yhiyw.com for more information.