|Dr. Burzynski Jr. and Physicians Asst. Ana, that cute gal in the middle y'all should know by now, lol|
Why is the cost so high? Well,if you actually think about it, this is what oncologists are charging cancer patients, the only difference is that when your insurance is paying for it, you don't see the enormous bill you just see the co-pay. Burzynski charges for the treatment up front because a lot of insurance companies don't cover his services, his treatment is still considered "experimental" .
The doctors at the clinic have been nothing but nice to us. When we first got there we sat down with, Burzynski Sr, Jr, Dr. Yi and Ana. They explained the gene targeted treatment and how it works to kill the tumors from all sides. Let me clear something up, we were never told MB would be cured, we were only given hope and that they would try their best. MB and I appreciated the honesty.
The gene targeted approach makes sense to me, in essence what these doctors are doing is testing your blood and tumor samples, what they look for is genetic markers that tell them what receptors and or channels your tumors are using to grow. When they've identified these receptors and or markers they begin to prescribe off label medications to suppress the channels that are allowinng the tumors thrive. For example, MB has a rare uterine cancer and there are only 3 chemos FDA approved for her type of cancer. Because her tumor samples and blood work expressed receptors present in liver and breast cancers the doctors here prescribed liver cancer and breast cancer meds for MB. Right now MB is taking a combination of 5 FDA approved cancer drugs off label. She is also taking Dr. B's famous antineoplastons. Dr. B is in stage 3 of FDA approved clinical trials for the antineoplastons.
I don't know about you but this sounds pretty damn scientific, logical and effective to me. Why aren't places like Kaiser doing this? Well, as you can see it takes time money and know how to put all this stuff together and Kaiser really isn't interested in investing that much on a patient. The Caris testing (thats where they test each individual tumor for its genetic components) is 5,000 dollars. You think Kaiser wants to run that test on every single cancer patient? It wouldn't be cost effective.
Back to the Doctors at Burzynski, Greg, Burzynski's son, has been super nice and helpful. Last week he spoke to us for about half an hour explaining the treatments, why they were doing them and letting MB know that in about 2 to 3 months after another pet scan we would see where we were. He was hopeful but never gave us false hopes or illusions. When MB asked him what her chances of survival were, he said that "traditionally" speaking they were slim to none. Then he made a very good point, stating that their treatment is new and has'nt been done on enough patients like her to get a clear percentage. His answer was basically lets try and we will see how you do. He couldn't tell her she was for sure going to live BUT he also didn't tell her to go home and die. That is what sets this clinic apart, they always give you a fighting chance and that has a lot to do with a patients survival. He even recomended some books for MB about the power of the mind and positive thinking. I have pretty good instincts and never have I felt lied to or bamboozeled here. Some may argue that Dr. Bs success rates aren't very high, well gee he tkes in all the Stg 4 terminally ill patients, the fact that he saves any of those is a miracle in and of itself.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I wasn't born yesterday, I realize that this may not work, but what if it does? The way I see it, we have nothing to lose but money and thats ok because everyone knows that money grows on trees;)