Glioblastoma Patient Interview – COC Treatment Protocol
Kent: Hi, my name’s Kent Rhodes and I have a Grade 4 Glioblastoma, and I was first diagnosed on the 27th of September 2016. After the initial, I suppose shock would be a good word, I visited Care Oncology on the 14th of October 2016, and met the wonderful Ndaba who told me how we were going to save my life. And the rest, as they say, is history. At the moment we are doing very well.
Ndaba: Well, thank you very much, Kent. What led you to seek additional options for treatment?0
Kent: Well, a very simple philosophy … first of all, I’m a business coach and it’s all about positive mindset, so the first thing is always focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t do. And another thing that I always preach to my clients is hope is not a strategy. So, you’ve got to be positive, but you’ve got to go and look at what can I do? I obviously looked at what the NHS could provide, but the prognosis I was told I would be guaranteed to not make it, and that I’m looking at 18 to 24 months of life. That just wasn’t an option for me, so I’ve got to find somebody that’s got the best results and copy what they do, which is exactly what I do with business ideas. Get them to follow recipes that were successful.
See long term Glioblastoma survivors in the news who use the COC Protocol:
Patient 1 now 4 years out post diagnosis – Featured in The Telegraph
Patient 2 now 3 years out post diagnosis – Featured in Daily Mail
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Ben Williams is the only gentleman that I’ve found that had actually beaten my type of cancer. So we looked into Ben Williams – to be fair it wasn’t me. One of my very dear friends, Robin Graham, who is a homeopath, natural healer, she found Care Oncology based on Ben Williams‘ research. To be honest, I almost didn’t make it to that appointment because I was so overwhelmed and whatever, and if it wasn’t for Robin I don’t think I would have got this. Very, very grateful to have people around me who have supported me.
Invariably, when people are first diagnosed, you’re just overwhelmed. What I found when I got to Care Oncology was, I really felt like I had hope, that there was hope to beat this thing; that there was a strategy, not just hope. Very pleased that I actually made it to that appointment because it was very close that I didn’t.
Ndaba: Very good, thank you. You clearly mention that you found the Care Oncology Clinic helpful in terms of giving you hope, and strategy along with the hope. Are there any other ways in which you think the clinic has been helpful to you?
Kent: Just knowing that I’ve got people supporting me, knowing that I can pick up the phone and ask questions, which I did initially in the beginning I suppose, that was really helpful. Not only Ndaba himself, but the support staff are fantastic. The getting of your prescription, or receiving of it, initially I had a bit of a challenge with that, but we sorted that out really quickly. Raph was really fantastic with that. It’s all a little bit autopilot right now – long may that last – and hoping, because bear in mind hope’s not a strategy, but hoping if we follow the same progression that we’ll be treatment free by the end of the year.
Ndaba: Great, thank you. The clinic, as well as treating people like yourself obviously, is undertaking a research study where there are a lot more people like yourself who are included in evidence gathering. Tell me a bit about what it means to you to be involved in this sort of bigger picture, as well. Is that something that you think about, interests you, or has it mainly been about the focusing on your own treatment? Do you have any thoughts about the bigger picture, which is clearly what the Care Oncology Clinic is also involved in?
Kent: Yes. Now, one of my first priorities is obviously to make sure I survive, but I would really, the fact that I’m doing this, I’d like to be part of helping other people understand what can happen. What makes me really sad is, we have a solution and the general medical field are not prepared to accept it. So, once I’ve beaten this thing as well, I want to write a book; I’m a public speaker by profession. I want to go out and actually make it not about my business, but make it about the awareness of what is possible. Because you’ve got to believe that you can beat it, but it’s a hell of a lot easier when you’ve got people who can show you how to do it.
So, yeah, I will be hugely involved. I’m a bit self-absorbed at the moment, but wherever I can I help people. The further I get in this journey, the more people pick up the phone, they know a friend, they’ve got a family member. So I reckon I’m typically talking to somebody once a week about their cancer journey. I must have sent about 10 people in your direction. Whether or not they actually contacted Care Oncology, I don’t … I just give the option, I put it in front of them so they have choice. But it’s amazing how many people put their head in the sand and they just don’t want to know.
Ndaba: Well, thank you very much. I’m sure you’ll be an amazing, inspiring, and articulate voice.
Kent: I’m planning to do; thank you Ndaba. That’s the aim.
Dr Ndabezinhle Mazibuko
MBBS – Clinical Research Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience – King’s College London)