Patient Covered by Norwegian Media for remarkable recovery

One of our patients from a few years ago was also covered by Norwegian press. Patient was in extremly bad shape when contacting OncoloMed, with a very advanced case of Pulmonary cancer with spread to pelvis and liver. After 3 treatments he was discharged at the German clinic, and he have been living well ever since.

We are extremely happy to have been able to work with this patient and having facilitated a life saving and extending procedure for him. We have translated the exceprts of the news article into english here below for your reference.

”Kjell spent his savings on cancer therapy abroad. No treatment was offered in Norway. Treatment expense was out of his own pocket – No reimbursement

 – It is a small price for life, he says …

A year ago Kjell “put his house in order” and prepared to say goodbye to his daughters Kate and Trine. Then he decided to try one last try. It was both expensive, but yet also inexpensive.

September 2,  2014:

Kjell Hartvig Kristiansen is rolled through the departure hall at Gardermoen. A wheelchair transports him the last bit to the airplane that will take him to Germany. The cancer tumor is eating its way through his pelvis. He is no longer able to walk. His daughter Kate walks next to him. It was his other daughter Trine that was sitting next to him when he had got the diagnosis a little less than a month before, metastatic lung cancer with metastasis, to the skeleton. Is there any hope? Asked Trine, unable to grasp the message, and even less the devastating conclusion.  -  No, there is not, was the doctor’s answer – but with the addition:  - There is, you know, a flower among all the thistles, so you can always hope for a miracle. 

A miracle?  And perhaps that was exactly what happened?  What do we know?  If we are to take the chief surgeon’s words literally, then it is certainly a miracle that he is sitting on his terrace in Lier this Thursday afternoon, enjoying a few welcome rays of sunshine along with sweet strawberries and his daughters Trine and Kate.

Fit as a fiddle is a bit of an overstatement, but the sixty-something project manager looks incredibly healthy. He is back to walking and working full-time a long time ago.

 – The tumor in his pelvis is completely gone, and the spot on the lungs, according to his doctors, could be scar tissue following the treatment, says Kjell – and talks about CT scans, Pet scan and cancer markers that are all yielding. Perhaps the impossible battle has been won?

– I feel recovered from the cancer, although my energy level is not what it was. Kjell baths in the warm sun and adds that his breath is better than for many years.  Life is good.

Close to hell  By contrast, August of last year was far from good. It is true that morphine makes the pain bearable, but Kjell was lifeless and apathetic.  - You were so weak, Dad, I remember you lying in that chair, day in and day out, says Kate and points to a reclining chair in the shade.

It had been a tough year. In March 2014 he lost his partner Frøydis after three years struggling with cancer. He dragged himself through the following winter, but is feeling weak, worn and in poor shape. The doctor thinks his ailments are due to stress and grief, but round Easter time Kjell begins to cough blood.  During spring he is treated for pneumonia, without effect, and then an infection test in July shows skyrocketing numbers. CT scans are performed and tissue samples taken.

 – There is nothing we can do here, the doctor declares before sending Kjell and Trine home. Kjell receives the message with composure. He begins to “put his house in order” and tries to get ready to take leave of his daughters.

At the same time he has one tiny hope. Kjell has an acquaintance who has recovered after “RCT therapy” at a hospital in Germany, and he decides to submit his own journal for evaluation there. The doctor in Germany believes he has a good chance of survival, and Kjell thinks that he has nothing to lose – only to gain. He scrapes up all the money he has and gets his house ready for sale.

Victory with an after-taste Four times Kjell gets on the plane to Munich. After the second treatment he gets off the plane without help, and Kate who is waiting for him in the arrival hall can barely believe her own eyes. The daughters admit they were sceptical to begin with: - We had never heard of this therapy. And then we knew that it was going to cost a huge sum, and that Dad could risk having to use up all the money he had worked for so hard all his life.

Kjell is infinitely happy and grateful that he is still alive, but paradoxically has only himself to thank.  More than one doctor advised him not to go, and his savings for old age are probably lost. The application for reimbursement from the Norwegian State was declined. I had made savings which I planned to spend on being debt-free as an old-age pensioner, he says, but refuses to complain.  It is all the others he is thinking of, as he sits there – in the sunshine: 

Politicians must put this on the agenda in Parliament so that it becomes possible for everyone to have this type, or a similar type, of therapy abroad, he says and muses:  It is an awful situation for those who are ill; knowing that there is a treatment they cannot have.  After all, not everyone has the same opportunity that I had."