This is an interview
with Sue Best, whose son Billy is over 7 years cancer free (7th anniversary
was March 2002) from Hodgkin's Disease using 714X, Essiac Tea and a strict
interview between Gavin Phillips and Sue Best was conducted between March
6 and April 19, 2002.
Hello Sue. Thank you
very much for taking the time to tell others about your experiences with
cancer and certain cancer treatments.
Q. For the record,
what is your name and where do you live?
Susan Best - Rockland,
Q Your experiences
with cancer first began when your son, Billy, contracted Hodgkin's Disease
in June 1994, is that correct?
Q. What type of cancer
is Hodgkin's Disease exactly?
Cancer of the Lymph Nodes
Q. A parents worse
nightmare is their child contracting a life-threatening disease. Please
tell us the effect it had on your family.
We were devastated - couldn't believe our very healthy son could have
cancer. Also, my husband's 49 year old sister died of Breast Cancer the
day of Billy's biopsy so our entire family was totally overwhelmed.
From top left: Billy,
Jenny, Joe, Bill and Sue.
Q. Did you know anything
about cancer or so-called alternative cancer treatments before your son
No - nothing at all.
Q. What did your doctor
say? Did he refer you straight to an oncologist?
After several tests, our family doctor said he felt that Billy had Hodgkin's
Disease or another type of Lymphoma and referred us to an oncologist.
The oncologist performed further testing and came up with Hodgkin's Disease
as the diagnosis.
Q. What was your oncologist's
prognosis for Billy? What treatment options did he recommend?
Initially he thought they could do radiation only but in that case Billy's
spleen would need to be removed which we were not at all in favor of.
Then he decided that Billy was at stage IIA and would need chemotherapy
and radiation. He was considered to be highly curable using their program.
drugs did your oncologist prescribe? Billy began taking chemotherapy in
July, is this correct?
I believe he started chemo in August. ABVD is the protocol for Hodgkin's.
Adriamicin, Vincristine and I can't think of the other two. I am looking
for some of my records which should have that info.
Q.What was Billy's
reaction to chemotherapy? What were the side-effects?
Billy did fairly well compared to other patients. He lost his hair pretty
quickly. With each treatment his reactions increased. Nauseous - although
never actually got sick. Loss of appetite, loss of weight, metal taste
in his mouth, very tired at times.
Q. I understand that
Billy ran away from home because the side-effects of chemotherapy were
making him very sick. Is this true? If so, how long after taking chemotherapy
did he run away?
Billy ran away because he had seen his Aunt Judy die of Breast Cancer
and he felt the same would happen to him. He knew right away that he didn't
want to do chemo but we said it was the only thing available so he must
do it to save his life. He didn't tell us how strongly he felt about this.
He did chemo five times and each time the side effects got worse. He ran
away on October 26, 1994.
Q. You went on TV
to try and find Billy, correct? Where did he go and what happened to his
treatment during this time?
Yes we contacted the media to try and find Billy. He took a bus to Houston
Texas and was not on any treatments at all.
Q. So Billy refused
further chemotherapy treatments and wanted to try so-called alternative
I actually told Billy on a telephone call from Texas that he would not
need to go back to chemo - he wasn't the one insisting on that. At this
point my husband and I were receiving all kinds of information in the
mail and by phone about alternative therapies. Billy didn't know about
that yet. But he knew that I would stick to my word.
Jenny and Billy. The
photograph was taken six days
after Billy had returned home after running away.
Q. The media
was interested in the story at this point. What was the reaction of the
general public to your decision to stop orthodox treatment?
There were some news articles about the rights of teen teenagers, etc.
A lot of people probably thought we were crazy!
Q. Who found out about
714X, you or Billy?
After Billy returned home, a man called one night and spoke to Billy on
the phone about 714X. It was very rare at this time for Billy to answer
the phone because he was avoiding the media. This also happened after
we prayed for God to lead us through this maze - to the right treatment
for Billy. The next day a packet of info arrived about 714X from a different
person. We felt God had pointed us in the direction of 714X.
Q.What were your thoughts
about this unapproved treatment?
We were somewhat nervous but also excited because the idea behind the
treatment made sense. Boost the immune system so the body can do what
God intended it to do - fight off disease.
Q.What did your oncologist
say about it?
After reading information that we gave him, he had nothing good to say
at all. In fact he said Billy would be dead within two years if he didn't
do the treatment the Dr. was recommending.
Q. What is 714X and
what did you find out about it's inventor, Gaston Naessens? Have you ever
met or talked with Naessens?
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