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  •  Perky Lady w/ Pancreatic Cancer Is Real Shady (13+ / 0-)

    If she had an average case of pancreatic cancer, she'd be dead before they could get the commercial on the air.

    I've known two people with pancreatic cancer, and both were dead in a month.  One of them died just a few months ago.

    I can only guess they found her cancer purely by accident at a very early stage.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 12:15:43 AM PST

    •  Exactly (4+ / 0-)

      Either there was a great stroke of luck or it's BS.  

      •   Patient's luck ... CTCA's BS (1+ / 0-)
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        Miracles do happen.  And where there's a concentration of people who need and believe miracles ... more miracles happen there than elsewhere.  

        Ask the believers at Our Lady of Lourdes shrine.

        The striking difference being:  Lourdes has long since accepted that "it is in the nature of Miracles to be unusual."

    •  There are experimental treatments that can prolong (1+ / 0-)
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      life but do not cure the cancer.  About the most I've heard is 18 months.

      Either that commercial is a lie or her cancer was misdiagnosed.

    •  Yes! She claims her doctor said she had only (1+ / 0-)
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      months to live but CTCA gave her hope and cured her.

      Something is really fishy and off about it all.  I wonder if she was orginally misdiagnosed. Granted, she could have had very early stage pancreatic cancer and her original doctor diagnosed it as more advanced.

      But these people who do these ads , notice all say they were told they were terminal...I wonder if they are lying or their original diagnosis turned out to false or less extreme than the patient now says.

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      by wishingwell on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 09:48:43 AM PST

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      •  I See Dead People ..... In Commercials? (2+ / 0-)
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        Mr Robert, wishingwell

        Every time I see that I wonder if these people talking about their cures are even still alive.

        There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

        by bernardpliers on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:10:49 AM PST

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        •  I started reading some reviews, did some searches (0+ / 0-)

          about CTCA and there are some horrifying stories. One woman said her mother with stage 4 cancer went through hell there, that the treatments and false hope given her made her last few months miserable and more painful.  

          Many others say that all that place does is offer hope and continue treatment until the insurance is maxed out. And if you own a home, they put a lien on the house. Then they tell you either to pay in cash or go home and die.

          There are some real horror stories. Those who like the place admit they have excellent  insurance, had early stage cancer,  they have a nice healthy bank account, or they took out loans.

          One woman loves the place because there is a hair and nail salon, the food is excellent, the waiting room has comfy sofas and misting fans and other perks.  

          If I want a spa, I will go to a spa. If I want medical care, just give me a hospital without the perks.  

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          by wishingwell on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 03:55:40 PM PST

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    •  Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a pancreatic tumor (0+ / 0-)

      removed in '09. She was very fortunate, as the tumor was less than a centimeter in size, and she needed no further treatment.

      Democrats promote the Common good. Republicans promote Corporate greed.

      by murasaki on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 08:04:41 PM PST

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      •  There are some, fairly uncommon, forms of (0+ / 0-)

        pancreatic cancer that have a less-than-completely-dismal prognosis if they're caught early.

        Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

        by ebohlman on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:11:26 PM PDT

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