Transcript - Chapter 3 of 10 - Jessica Ressel







14:04 - 22:10 - Interactive sourced transcript

Dr. JULIAN WHITAKER - on camera interview:
Now, if you are ever going to go into cancer treatment, you do not want to go into childhood brain tumors. Because childhood brain tumors, by-in-large, are 100% fatal. This would be the worst class of cancer to treat, but he began getting enormous results.

Dr. STANISLAW BURZYNSKI - on camera interview:
Arguably, the worst type of cancer is inoperable brainstem glioma. It usually occurs in the brain of a child. And, unfortunately, there is very little that can be done. Radiation is the only “treatment” available which can be used to slow down the progress. So that’s the type of tumor for which there is no curative treatment, no chemotherapy which has been approved, and numerous clinical trials were performed but failed in the past [SOURCE: UCSF Med Center PDF pg 6] [SOURCE: CBCF].

So we selected this type of tumor, because we would like to prove the point beyond any doubt, that this type of cancer can be cured by the use of Antineoplastons—and we already have proof that it can be cured.
[SOURCE: Pedatric Drugs 2006 PDF pg 8] [Update: 2014 DIPG peer-reviewed Phase II study]

JESSICA, ROBIN (mother), and DAN RESSEL (father) - on camera interview:
ROBIN RESSEL:

She was diagnosed in March of 1996, she was eleven—and she pretty much just started having really bad double vision is how we discovered it—and went to the eye doctor and that’s when they did the MRI and discovered it was a brainstem glioma. And they explained that hers was diffused, which means the healthy tissue and the cancerous tissue were swirled together—so of course surgery wasn’t an option. And with the radiation they suggested, her prognosis was probably going to be about eight to eighteen months. [SOURCE: J Ressel Med Recs PDF pg 2, 5-7]

JESSICA RESSEL:
The thing is, with the radiation, what it would do to you from what I understood is, they would shoot the beam through your ears, and the beam would burn your healthy and your cancerous cells outside-in. So all your hair around your ears would be gone, never grow back, your ears would become deformed and burnt, you would be come deaf, it would also destroy your pituitary gland which is the gland that helps you grow as you hit puberty...

ROBIN RESSEL:
Yeah, she was eleven at the time and that was a real concern I had.

JESSICA RESSEL:
And it would make you stay in an eleven year-old body, and basically you’d go into a vegetative state, where you couldn’t take care of yourself, which wasn’t a very good quality of life. [SOURCE: UCSF Med Center PDF pg 9]

ROBIN RESSEL:
My big concern was with the oncologist that we were originally dealing with was how it would effect her development, and when she started to enter the teenage years, starting her period, and growing and developing—and he just looked at me and said “well, frankly Mrs. Ressel, she’s not going to live that long.”

DAN RESSEL:
What she would have to go through in those extra months—that would be horrible. I wouldn’t want to go through it. Why do it?

ROBIN RESSEL:
You’re handed a death sentence anyway, so what was the point of the radiation?

DAN RESSEL:
You know, then, you have to say okay, “modern medicine doesn’t have an answer, let’s find our own.”

ON-SCREEN TITLE CARD:
Jessica Ressel’s medical records: Diagnosis

NARRATOR:
Jessica Ressel’s brainstem glioma was confirmed by an MRI in Springfield, Missouri; and the children’s hospital of St. Louis Missouri. [SOURCE: J Ressel Med Recs PDF pg 2]

KY-3 NEWS SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 19, 1996
NEWSCASTER VO:

Jessie Ressel is riding on the best news she’s had since March. She and her parents now believe they are on their way to a cure, for what doctors had said was an incurable brain tumor. Here at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas, the Ressel’s have found an experimental drug they could only dream of eight months ago. That’s when Jessie was still a fifth-grader, at a catholic elementary school in Springfield.  It’s when one of her eyes started crossing in, she started seeing double, it’s when Jessie went to the doctor and learned that she had one of the most aggressive kinds of brain cancer—a malignant tumor doctors said would kill her within months, and that radiation would only give her a little more time.

KY-3 NEWS SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 19, 1996
JESSICA RESSEL (age 11):

And I would only live for like three months, and live in pain and that’s it. Not a fun life. I’d still die.

KY-3 NEWS SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 19, 1996
NEWSCASTER VO:

Today the medical pictures tell a different story, you can see the improvement immediately just looking at Jessie’s eyes now, compared to last May.

ON-SCREEN TITLE CARD:
Jessica Ressel’s medical records: Results

NARRATOR:
An MRI on May 7th of 1996 revealed the size of the enhancing portion of Jessica’s tumor. One month into starting Antineoplaston treatment, her tumor disappeared. However, given the aggressive nature of this type of tumor, it quickly returned in August, and remained until November. In which time, Dr. Burzynski doubled her Antineoplaston dosage until her tumor went away in December. Only to return again in January of 1997, stayed around until April, and finally disappeared in May of 1997—one year after starting Antineoplaston treatment. Jessica’s tumor remained non-existent, up until October 2001, when her brainstem glioma was considered resolved. [SOURCE: J Ressel Med Recs PDF pg 8-17]

ROBIN RESSEL (on camera interview):
There were very few doctors that you would tell them that you were seeing Dr. Burzynski that would be kind of encouraging and positive with you. Most of them, they would hear the name "Burzynski" and they wouldn’t want to deal with you—because they were afraid. I am so relieved that we found Dr. Burzynski because literally it did save her life. Here she is now twenty-four, and she’s got a little boy who is almost five, and her second baby will be born in October—we just found out she’s having a little girl.

NARRATOR:
Again, it’s one thing to observe a single anecdotal childhood brainstem glioma survivor, and it’s another see the results from FDA-supervised clinical trials treating Jessica’s type of cancer. Here is a table illustrating studies published in 2006, comparing the results of different childhood brainstem glioma treatments. There were three groups treated with radiation and chemotherapy, and two groups treated with Dr. Burzynski’s Antineoplastons. Out of all three groups treated with radiation and chemotherapy: only 1 of 107 patients, or 0.9% were cancer free after treatment. However, this patient did live beyond five years—presumably being devastated by the amount of chemotherapy and radiation. Out of both groups treated with Antineoplastons, 11 of the 40 patients, or 27.5% were cancer-free after treatment. And 11 of the 40 patients, or 27.5%, lived more than five years. Most of these brainstem glioma survivors who were not previously subjected to toxic chemotherapy and radiation before starting Antineoplaston treatment have gone on to enjoy full healthy lives. [SOURCE: Pedatric Drugs 2006 PDF pg 8]

[Jessica Ressel's medical records, multiple third-party diagnostic confirmation, third-party recovery confirmation, peer-reviewed FDA clinical trial statistical data, watch her interview and more]

Dr. STANISLAW BURZYNSKI - on camera interview:
So the good news is that cancer can be cured. The worst type of cancer can be cured. For good. The people who are surviving, they live normal lives. No side-effects from the treatment, no symptoms, no sign of tumors—back to life. We started some of them as children, and now they have their own children. There is no impairment of fertility. They just live normals lives. The bad thing however is that we know that we cannot help everybody, but some of these patients. Well, if about 30% of patients can survive over five years, and a number of them live over ten years without any sign of cancer, that’s a good thing. But obviously this is just the beginning, we need to perfect this. We need to introduce the newer generation of Antineoplastons—which we call the “second and third generation of Antineoplastons” to make the treatment more effective, to cover a broader spectrum, and to be easier to administer.

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