THE BATTLE TO MAKE CHEMO OBSOLETE
I had the privilege of participating in the 2013 Interface Digital Health Summit in my hometown of Vancouver, B.C.
On the first day there was a very engaging conversation on several panels discussing trade and investment as well as market access with leaders from several organizations.
Trade + Investment – Moderator: Dion Madsen, BDC Venture Capital Health Fund; Jack Young, Qualcomm Life Health Fund; Rich Osborn, RecapHealth Ventures; Punit Dhillon, OncoSec Medical
Market Access – Moderator: Michael Bidu, Sanotron; Graham Whitmarsh, foremer Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Health; Jeremy Smith, PITO BC Medical Association; Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical; Dr. Kevin Peterson, University of Minnesota
On day two I had an opportunity to shed some light on the current state of cancer care as it relates to challenge of potentially making chemotherapy obsolete as a treatment. Here the central premise of the argument is the “old school” perspective of how to deal with cancer – Cut it. Poison it. Kill it. Repeat. – is dated. We are stuck in a mindset of trying to do anything to kill the disease, where the side effects are merely a side-thought. And in this cancer treatment paradigm… Chemotherapy has become the status-quo, but it is not working. We need to make a paradigm shift and make the patient’s quality of life a priority, not a side thought.