Sick patients with money always get a better deal

Battling an extremely aggressive prostate cancer and running out of options, Bryce Olson could have done what many patients do: ask his oncologist’s advice.

Had he done so, Olson says he would probably be dead by now. He’d likely have received more harsh chemotherapy, which is less effective with each cancer recurrence.

Instead, Olson looked to the frontiers of medicine for experimental treatments that precisely fit his disease’s genetic profile, a field known as precision medicine. By choosing this path, Olson estimates he has gained at least two years of life.

Source: Faced with life-threatening diseases, patients take over – The San Diego Union-Tribune


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