Debbie’s treatment success featured on BBC News

18 Dec 2008 by under News, People, Research/Treatment

The success of chemoembolization in the treatment of our friend Debbie Brewer’s has been featured in national press in the , covered by BBC News and picked up by The Press Association. In the report, Debbie calls for the pioneering treatment to be brought to the UK. Currently, she must travel to Frankfurt, Germany, for the treatments.

Readers of myMeso have been following Debbie’s story for a while now, and know that the chemoembolization treatment has been successful, resulting in an overall 53 percent reduction in the size of her tumor, which she humorously nicknamed Theo. Her last visit to the clinic was Dec. 12, when she received the great news that she is now in partial remission as a result of the tumor shrinkage.

Chemoembolization is traditionally used to treat liver cancer. Debbie says the Frankfurt program sees a 60 percent success rate in the treatment of mesothelioma using the process, which introduces chemotherapy drugs directly into the tumor.

Diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2006, Debbie was initially told she had only a few months to live. It is believed that Debbie contracted mesothelioma from contact with asbestos on her father’s clothes when he unwittingly brought the substance home from work. Determined to beat the odds, she began researching mesothelioma treatments. In addition to the chemoembolization, Debbie uses mistletoe therapy, injecting the extract twice a week.

Read more about Debbie at her blog, Mesothelioma and Me.

4 Responses to “Debbie’s treatment success featured on BBC News”

  1. Et

    That is great stuff! thanks for sharing this.

  2. John Edrich

    I have read your article with interest, as some eleven years ago I was Diagnosed with Waldonstroms an incurable form of leukemia which is very rare and effects males at about sixty years of age. As you can imagine it came as a great shock to me, as being a pro cricketer for over twenty years I was very fit. I was given seven years to live and after many sessions of conventional treatment, I was fortunatley introduced to a Dr Guider who put me on mistletoe treatment. I have now extended the seven years to eleven and back playing golf three times a week and have never felt better. Please let me know through my experience if I can assist you in any way. Best Wishes John Edrich.

  3. BeasleyAllen

    Hello Mr. Edrich,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story about your experience with
    mistletoe! I am so happy that you have found an effective treatment and
    are doing so well! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is always interesting to hear from people who
    have first-hand knowledge of treatments like mistletoe that are still
    considered experimental in so much of the world. I will be thinking of
    you and praying for your continued good health and improvement!

    Wendi Lewis

  4. BeasleyAllen

    Hello Mr. Edrich,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story about your experience with

    mistletoe! I am so happy that you have found an effective treatment and

    are doing so well! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is always interesting to hear from people who

    have first-hand knowledge of treatments like mistletoe that are still

    considered experimental in so much of the world. I will be thinking of

    you and praying for your continued good health and improvement!

    Wendi Lewis