Thursday, May 7, 2009
This is from my Facebook page... there may be something to it!
Cancer has about 212 forms when it consumes a person's life... any one of which can be fatal. I have listed them elsewhere on the Facebook page. Over the years, folks who know me have realized that I have had two brushes with the disease, one almost fatal, and still somewhat causing serious issues for me. It is within that context that I would like readers to understand that I may be biased in my views.
A few years ago, when I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in my upper gum, then my upper jaw, then my lymph system... I was blessed to run into several physicians who were among the best of the best. I have survived, primarily because they took great care to treat the cancer as a symptom... we never really got to the cause... because it is always specifically unknown, as with every cancer. Yes, we are certain of some aspects... but not the exact causes.
Billions of dollars are put into cancer research... and frankly, we get little in return. Yes, there are discoveries of how to diagnose some cancers early... but often the early treatment does not have a significant impact on the outcome. Practically all treatments known are symptomatic treatments... we hope that the cancer will go away, and we think that after five years, if it hasn't returned with a vengeance, it is cured... even then, it often comes back. We probably all know someone to which this has happened. Many of us live every day, thinking the next pain we get will be the cancer coming back into our lives.
When I was diagnosed, aside from my primary care-givers, I was introduced to my Radiation Oncologist. His name is Dr. Murali Rajaraman. He was a general family physician in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and took an interest in cancer clusters in that area... he went back to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia... and became a Radiation Oncologist... he successfully treated my Mother's first cancer, and four years ago, he became my radiation oncologist, too. We obviously have gotten to know each other, especially during those dark days during which the planning for radiation (and in my case simultaneous chemo-therapy) and the 33 treatments were taking place.
In the years following, I was checked monthly, then quarterly by Dr. Rajaraman... and of course, during that time, we talked about cancer, its causes and treatments. As it turns out, I learned that his father is a cell-biologist and did research with cancer cells. In 2002
Dr. Rengaswami Rajaraman (we call him Raj) was viewing live cancer cells through a real-time electron microscope... he had been watching cells divide for thousands of hours over the last years trying to identify how they react to radiation and chemo therapy. This is the real working scientist's way to find out what is really happening, not just lucking into discovery.
Between the blinks of his eyes, he saw something he, and no one else in the world had ever noticed before... a dying cancer cell sloughing off daughter cells! The Mother Cancer Cell was to have died, like all the others... but this one did something else... Raj, Dr. Rajaraman had discovered what he later named the "Neosis Process"... the new cells were Raja cells. With on-going research, he seems to have been able to replicate the "NEOSIS PROCESS" and he and his colleagues wrote a paper which is very technical, but is well described in the address http://communications.medicine.dal.ca/newsroom/neosis.htm
(click, or you can paste the link, too)
Subsequently, there was a lot of excitement in the cancer research industry... but at the same time, the genetic genome was becoming the by-word in cancer research... genetics was promising to bring the new wave of cancer cures. Neosis couldn't survive the crush of genetics research funding, so with what was probably a strategic error... Neosis was funded as the base technology in a start-up company, instead of having further university based research to develop its promise, and utilize the well developed university infrastructure. It received very good Angel Level funding... but a series of management (non-science) issues caused the funding to dry and there was nothing left. The university responded by withdrawing the funding for the patents which it owned, and Neosis was left to Dr. Rajaraman... Raj, to try and forward.
The loss of the patent, and simultaneously the funding, effectively put Neosis out of commission. Raj at the same time retired, and had some health issues. But to his credit, he has never stopped researching cancer and has found that there really has been no answer to the 212 different causes of cancer... through genetics, or any other technology.
Since I heard about this Neosis Process, I started to try and re-invigorate it. I have run into brick walls... mostly from what I would describe as people vested in the old ways of getting funding, and doing research. Other physicians, in obscure universities in France, Poland and the USA have duplicated Raj's discovery (there was a whole team that was a part of it, but for the moment, they have understandably stepped away from it in their careers). But I refuse to give up.
So, why am I writing about this here on Facebook... first, because I believe you should know that there are things in life that don't see the light of day because of politics, petty jealousies, and a lack of funding. In all honestly, there could be science that disproves Dr. Rajaraman's (Raj's) Neosis... but I suspect that there is more to it than we know, and without rigorous science to stop it, rigorous science might prove it.
What do I want you to do... pass this on! In the next week, I plan to put the video of the daughter cells being born on this site... you will see for yourself. I want to try and find someone on the web that has an interest in this, we need money, yes... but more, NEOSIS needs to see the light of day, in any scientific setting.
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- Grad. Saint Mary's University, 1975, got into the medical device business initially in sales, then various management positions up to president, all in Medical Devices. I prefer therapy products over diagnostic, but they are all fun, and in a way have defined my life. I have now evolved, with help from my 35 year partner Lynnda with whom I now share every hour. I am into staying healthy, photography, kayaking, bicycling, gardening and two books a week. I wish I had gotten to this stage earlier!