Suzanne Somers Says Chemotherapy 'Poi...

Suzanne Somers Says Chemotherapy 'Poisoned' Patrick Swayze

There are 25 comments on the Starpulse News Blog story from Sep 18, 2009, titled Suzanne Somers Says Chemotherapy 'Poisoned' Patrick Swayze. In it, Starpulse News Blog reports that:

Cancer survivor Suzanne Somers has blamed Patrick Swayze 's death on his chemo treatment.

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Gail Perry

Tampa, FL

#1 Sep 18, 2009
She's entitled to her opinion but I would like to see the documentation for people who survived panreatic cancer following her advice.

Her situation, with breast cancer, was entirely different. Breasts do not support human life and are not necessary for life. You can remove a tumor from a breast and it may have been caught in time and not spread. For many people, having chemotherapy after breast cancer surgery is just playing the odds.

I was told that my personal odds for a spread of my breast cancer was 40% if I did not have other treatments, reduced to 10% if I did. To me, that improvement was worth it even though I was just playing the odds.

So Somers got lucky. Hers has not *so far* spread (distant recurrrences, where it reappears even 20 years after its first incidence, are not at all unknown with breast cancer).

She's comparing apples and oranges in the most profound of ways. I can't imagine how she thinks someone can live without a pancreas. It's delusional.
correct

Shanghai, China

#2 Sep 19, 2009
I agree
correct

Houston, TX

#3 Sep 19, 2009
He was given the best treatment,money could buy!
Life Coach Is A Loser

Albemarle, NC

#4 Sep 19, 2009
If she was so concerned, why didn't she tell him this when he was alive.
Canada

Regina, Canada

#5 Sep 19, 2009
I didn't realize Suzanne Somers was a doctor. So why in the world did she not help Patrick when he was alive and fighting this disease? Everyone always says stuff like this after the person has left this world and it is quite disrespectful!!!
LEE VITELLO

United States

#6 Sep 19, 2009
I so totally agree and I wish someone had the courage to research this problem. The medical profession uses desperate,anxious people to perform inhumane experiments on (as was the case with Farah Fawcett). My daughter insisted on doing a experimental testing for liver cancer. She went through 3 months of horror--hole burned in the stomach, intestinal fissures, destroyed blood platlets.
Gail Perry

Tampa, FL

#7 Sep 19, 2009
Lee I am so sorry about your daughter, but I can tell you why some people try experimental drugs: it's because sometimes it turns out to be the cure they were looking for. I know a woman who had breast cancer that had spread to her bones. An experimental drug -- herceptin -- cured her. That's the best possible outcome and didn't always happen but I know someone it happened to.

Some people are willing to do anything to have a little longer with their children. Maybe they can lie to see their child graduate from high school. I know someone who had cancer of the liver, and although she did die, the experimental drug bought her an extra six months and she did live to see her daughter graduate from high school.

Farah Fawcett went to more experimental treatments after her cancer returned, metastasized. It was her choice. She did everything she could to live. So did Patrick Swayze. It's just wrong that they should be criticized for such a personal choice.
ava

Firebaugh, CA

#8 Sep 20, 2009
Gail Perry wrote:
She's entitled to her opinion but I would like to see the documentation for people who survived panreatic cancer following her advice.
Her situation, with breast cancer, was entirely different. Breasts do not support human life and are not necessary for life. You can remove a tumor from a breast and it may have been caught in time and not spread. For many people, having chemotherapy after breast cancer surgery is just playing the odds.
I was told that my personal odds for a spread of my breast cancer was 40% if I did not have other treatments, reduced to 10% if I did. To me, that improvement was worth it even though I was just playing the odds.
So Somers got lucky. Hers has not *so far* spread (distant recurrrences, where it reappears even 20 years after its first incidence, are not at all unknown with breast cancer).
She's comparing apples and oranges in the most profound of ways. I can't imagine how she thinks someone can live without a pancreas. It's delusional.
Ms. Somers has the right to her own opinion; however, she has limited knowledge of pancreatic cancer. As a registered nurse, I can say that you are right on the money. Her cancer and his was vastly different and I believe that her comment was perhaps a way to try to obtain public attention. She wants to be an expert on everything and so far I find that she isn't an expert on anything. I find her comments to be disrespectful.
Gail Perry

Tampa, FL

#9 Sep 20, 2009
ava wrote:
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Ms. Somers has the right to her own opinion; however, she has limited knowledge of pancreatic cancer. As a registered nurse, I can say that you are right on the money. Her cancer and his was vastly different and I believe that her comment was perhaps a way to try to obtain public attention. She wants to be an expert on everything and so far I find that she isn't an expert on anything. I find her comments to be disrespectful.
I think she truly believes what she says, but her knowledge of cancer is quite limited if she thinks the cancer she had is in any way similar to Swayze's. I think she just beat the odds and surgery was enough for her. I think whatever alternatives she took ... that's just coincidence. She also probably ate mashed potatoes, but she isn't crediting that with "curing" her.

For me, that would have felt like playing Russian roulette. Yes, some treatments can be brutal, especially when the cancer has spread. Then it's up to the individual. Whether a person chooses to have more treatment or does not, there will be loved ones who disagree with that decision. It's actually very lonely to make those calls. No one can really tell you what to do.
Jerry

Shanghai, China

#10 Sep 20, 2009
ava wrote:
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Ms. Somers has the right to her own opinion; however, she has limited knowledge of pancreatic cancer. As a registered nurse, I can say that you are right on the money. Her cancer and his was vastly different and I believe that her comment was perhaps a way to try to obtain public attention. She wants to be an expert on everything and so far I find that she isn't an expert on anything. I find her comments to be disrespectful.
I agree,she wants attention,cause she is over the hill!
Gail Perry

Tampa, FL

#11 Sep 20, 2009
Jerry wrote:
<quoted text>I agree,she wants attention,cause she is over the hill!
I think she's sincere, but it's just delusional of her to believe that she know so much more than all of the doctors, the oncology nurses, and the researchers. I'm very glad she survived breast cancer although she still has the risk of a recurrence. It must be wonderful for her to believe that 1) she has absolutely survvived it and 2) she survived it because she knew more than the doctors -- but it's not realistic.
survivor

Albany, NY

#12 Sep 22, 2009
If you have pancreatic cancer there is a very good chance that you will do ANYTHING in hopes of finding something that slows it, shrinks it, kills it. ANYTHING that will buy you a couple more days. ANYTHING no matter how painful, how disgusting. ANYTHING so you dont die in the 90 days that they give to you. Pancreatic Cancer is so quick you barely have time to think straight. Dont even think you wouldnt drink liquified crap right out of a pigs azs with no sugar added if there was a team of doctors that said it 'might' help.
Gail Perry

Tampa, FL

#13 Sep 22, 2009
No, Survivor, and I think you're quite disgusting. Being a survivor does not give you the right to speak like that.
survivor

Albany, NY

#14 Sep 24, 2009
sorry Gail that was wrong to write what i did. but when you are faced with leaving your family alone and you have no one to count on, even if you did, a person would do anything. and there isn't too many options.
waterlily7

United States

#15 Sep 24, 2009
Suzanne Somers is a quack! She rambles on like she is a doctor excpet with no intellectual ability. She is a washed up actress. I wish Whoopi Goldberg would slap the shit out of her! She also doesn't look that good. Her skin has always been horrible and she has broad hips and bony legs. In my opinion she will be dead within 10 years when her breast cancer returns.

“Randy”

Since: Jun 09

The South

#16 Sep 24, 2009
survivor wrote:
If you have pancreatic cancer there is a very good chance that you will do ANYTHING in hopes of finding something that slows it, shrinks it, kills it. ANYTHING that will buy you a couple more days. ANYTHING no matter how painful, how disgusting. ANYTHING so you dont die in the 90 days that they give to you. Pancreatic Cancer is so quick you barely have time to think straight. Dont even think you wouldnt drink liquified crap right out of a pigs azs with no sugar added if there was a team of doctors that said it 'might' help.
Kind of a rough way of putting it, but absolutely. Swayze lived a lot longer than most people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It could have been the chemo that helped, or his physical health at the time, or any of a hundred things... Somers needs to keep her mouth shut about things she's not familiar with and go back to pimping thighmasters.
Gail Perry

Tampa, FL

#17 Sep 25, 2009
ring-2 wrote:
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Kind of a rough way of putting it, but absolutely. Swayze lived a lot longer than most people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It could have been the chemo that helped, or his physical health at the time, or any of a hundred things... Somers needs to keep her mouth shut about things she's not familiar with and go back to pimping thighmasters.
Thing is, Swayze was carefully followed by his medical team (just as Farrah Fawcett was). Fawcett was very open about her treatment and anyone who wants to know can see her course of treatment. Swayze was a more private person (meaning no criticism of Farrah), and we don't have that information... but doctors have ways of determining response to treatment.

There's no doubt that chemotherapy is poisonous, but it's more poisonous to cancerous cells than healthy ones because the cancerous cells are growing so much faster. Pavoratti, the opera singer, also died of pancreatic cancer, although he was in his 70's.

Since: Feb 09

Dillon, SC

#18 Sep 25, 2009
I have just found out i have breast cancer,im on my 4th chemo treament,then radiation,then surgery to remove the breast.And you know what.I thank God i am still alive.Now if they coughtit in time,well i dont know that yet,but what i do know is im not going to just sit back and pitty myself.I'll Pray and hope it s cought in time,but if not,i know i have a place in heaven.Chemo is no fun,i lost all my hair,get sick alot.But i keep fighting.Thats all you can do.I have thought this out alot,if it s my time to go,it s my time.I Pray i ll live to be alot older than 48,but i'll do anything i can to live longer.But thats just me.Have a Blessed Day
Slayer

Talladega, AL

#19 Sep 25, 2009
Suzanne Sommers's only concern is selling her stupid, trashy health books, and selling her equally idiotic bioidentical hormones. Sommers should be in jail! Sommers is aware that there are suckers born, or found, every minute, and her plan is to wring every $ out of them she can.
Gail Perry

Tampa, FL

#20 Sep 25, 2009
Ahhhchooo I'm sorry you have to be going through this, but sometimes we have to do a whole lot to keep us going in this world. I didn't get sick from chemo, and I think you should talk to your oconolgy staff, because they have great meds for chemo nausea.

To me it wasn't a big deal that my hair fell out. It grew back in. I'd rather be alive and bald anway than have a full head of hair at my funeral.

I hope they caught it in time. Assuming they did, you can stand tall, because you used your head and didn't let yourself be distracted by egotistical claims from know-nothings that they "knew better" how you should fight this disease.

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