I know, I know, a bold question.
But, what would happen to cancer drug companies such as Pfizer and Novartis if all future breast cancer was suddenly prevented? No more breast cancer patients. Answer: These drug companies would go out of business. Consider:
A one month supply of Pfizer's flagship breast cancer drug iBRANCE is $11,204.68 today at Costco, which includes a coupon, so you are assured of getting that deal. For that amount of money one would expect that the drug actually cures breast cancer.
Here is how GoodRX.com explains what IBRANCE does for the terminally-ill breast cancer patient: "PALBOCICLIB (IBRANCE) is a medicine that targets proteins in cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing. It is used to treat breast cancer. Kind of sounds like it does cure the cancer because they claim that it "stops the cancer cells from growing." If this is true, why then do most IBRANCE patients die? Notice it says "treat" not "heal" breast cancer.
Earlier this month Novartis rolled out their answer to IBRANCE, a first-line treatment for HR-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer patients they are calling ribociclib. They did this under a flexible pricing structure. So, a 28-day supply of the 600-mg dose will cost $10,950, while the same supply of the 400-mg dose will go for $8,760 and the 200-mg dose will run at $4,380.
Oh goody. Savings, and we don't even need a coupon!
I remember well when Becky's oncologist recommended she take IBRANCE. I had never heard of the drug, so I got busy researching it. When we returned for another doctor's visit, I was ready when her oncologist again recommended she start taking IBRANCE.
I asked the doctor three questions: 1. Will IBRANCE heal the stage IV, ER+, metastatic cancer in my wife's body? She said "no." 2. Will my wife lose her hair, become weak, lose her appetite and possibly become bedridden if she takes IBRANCE. She said, "possibly." So, my third question was probably expected: 3. If IBRANCE doesn't cure cancer, will make my wife sick, weak and cause her to lose her beautiful hair, why would we spend $150,000 a year to do this when you can see that Becky is doing so well now that she doesn't even look sick? Her answer, "Well, she won't always look this good and IBRANCE will extend her life." So, my wife responded with a question of her own: Is it really "extending life" if I lose all my hair, feel like crap, can't get out of bed and don't want to eat? No answer from our oncologist.
Big Pharma is making billions and billions of dollars off breast cancer patients who are going to die. Pfizer and Novartis know this and are cashing in big time. I mean, BIG time.
If you don't ever want to deal with these breast cancer drug companies, then I have a simple solution for you: Don't get breast cancer. Get your mammogram tomorrow, or the next day, but do it soon. If you don't, you may find yourself having the same conversation Becky and I had with her oncologist.
Becky extended her life 3+ years without the use of drugs. She ate only organic, maintained a positive attitude and lifestyle and asked for prayer, lots and lots of prayer. But, we both knew the day would come when the cancer would win. Up until her last two weeks, she felt no pain, maintained her appetite and kept her positive attitude even though she knew what was ahead. She left us peacefully, with all her beautiful hair intact. One of my most cherished memories of our last few days together was my brushing her hair just a few hours before she would pass from this world. She loved her hair and smiled as I ran the brush through it over and over again. I would give anything to be able to brush her hair just one more time. Had she caved and taken IBRANCE, that would have never happened.
The choice is yours. If you don't ever want to be faced with the difficult decision of taking, or not taking these drugs, then don't get breast cancer. Take care of your body. Start by getting that mammogram you have delayed for years. Then, eat right, exercise, and keep that attitude positive. RB