Posted: Sep 10, 2010 1:37 PM by Carina Corral
Updated: Sep 10, 2010 8:37 PM
The 3rd annual Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon airs tonight on all the major networks.
Since 2008, it has raised more than $100 million for cancer research.
Research is going on locally that is helping in the global fight against cancer.
Lorincio Bacus calls his colon cancer diagnosis, luck. " I ended up in the hospital, I ended up doing a colonoscopy and, lo and behold, they found the cancer."
He did not think twice about being put under the microscope for a clinical trial and Dr. Bacus found himself as the patient of Medical Oncologist David Palchak.
" It's very frightening for most people to consider participating in an experimental treatment for whatever disease they may have," said Dr. Palchak, who leads one of the few cancer research programs on the Central Coast at PCR Oncology, but he said the only way to improve cure rates is through research. "Participating in clinical trial for many instances offers the patient the best treatment, in fact, according to the NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) the best treatment."
The problem is not only are there a lack of patients, but also doctors willing to get involved.
" The time I spent enrolling my patient in the clinical trial today, that I spent screening for eligibility, that I spent reading the 198 page clinical trial from cover to cover, none of that was paid for, while I'm doing this work, my competitors were doing work for which they can bill. There's a reluctance because so much of the work is free, there just isn't anyone to pay for it."
These two doctors stood up to cancer and now, perhaps, we are all one step closer to a cure.
" That's what we need to do is stand up to it. And the only way to stand up to it is to create this research create treatment plans and fight it," said Dr. Bacus.
Today, Dr. Bacus is cancer-free.
Tonight's telethon helps to fund research program's just like Dr. Palchak's and ultimately save lives.
You can watch the telethon right here on KSBY tonight at 8:00.