There are three key reasons why SPDT may fail. Firstly, if a patient’s body is extensively damaged, either from previous treatment such as high-dose chemotherapy or the cancer itself, then in some cases the patient may have hit ‘a point of no return’. However, we have had great success with many patients who have late stage cancers and their bodies have been ravaged by treatment for years, so this is why we request each patient send us as much of their medical history – including scans and blood tests – as possible so as our team of experts can look at each patient’s individual case to establish if they think our extensive range of treatment options may be effective.
Secondly, patients may have other major health problems such as heart disease, liver disease or severe anemia. SPDT 4 LIFE takes a holistic approach to our patient’s health and focuses on correcting other underlying health issues as well as treating the cancer in the best way possible for each individual. However, if other chronic health issues are present they may take some time to correct, if that is possible, and this may make it difficult for our range of treatments to be as effective as they usually would be.
Finally, patients may receive insufficient treatment. Minimal or no success could be due to the cancer being so slow growing that it does not take up the sensitisers, or patients may have multiple, large internal tumours like melanoma, which are difficult to treat. In such cases, long periods of treatment would be required. Not all patients will choose or be able to stay for the length of time required to complete the treatment. The cost of treatment and the time away from home and friends and family would be reasons that some patients choose to return home before the full treatment protocol has been completed. We all look forward to the day when SPDT is recognised by international regulators and more extensively covered by health insurance.