ERIE, PA – The one key element for cancer patients is hope. Plymouth High School grad Mark Neidig is working hard to give patients that hope.
As head of the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation his organization is providing hope for a less damaging treatment for all kinds of cancer. The revolutionary non-invasive radio wave machine – invented by the group’s founder John Kanzius – is offering hope to many for a better and more effective way to treat the disease.
Recently the treatment made headlines with successful early tests on small animals. Researchers have been able to treat pancreatic and liver cancers very successfully with no damaging effects or toxicities to the surrounding cells. They’ve been able to show control of the cancers without producing illness, side effects or damage to the animals. Three new manuscripts were recently published validating the work.
“That’s a big thing for us right now,” said Neidig of the published studies. “In order to move to the next phase of study you have to have validated research published in reputable scientific and medical journals. The exciting news is that we have killed pancreatic cancer cells in tests.”
It’s been a busy time for Neidig and the Kanzius Foundation as they spread the word about the success of the revolutionary treatment. A grant from Pepsi of $250,000 has allowed for the campaign to ramp up and take the fight to Capitol Hill.
Neidig recently had a chance to spread the word about the machine to Congress.
“We were able to talk to Congressional aides and Legislative assistants,” said Neidig. “We spoke to the Democratic caucus and several national foundations leading the fight for a cure such as the American Cancer Society and Cure Search. We’re planting seeds.”
Neidig was also able to talk to Tom Ridge, the former Governor of Pennsylvania who was also the first Homeland Security Chief. Ridge was impressed enough to give the group a little help.
“He is going to connect us with several national awareness groups that his company works with,” said Neidig. “He is a very gracious man. He’s come to know millions of people in his work and support in that circle can really make a difference.”
Neidig has been traveling the country as part of the Kanzius “Spread the Wave” campaign. Groups around the country are organizing activities to spread the word on cancer awareness and the Kansius Foundation’s fight against the disease.
“College campuses are getting behind us,” said Neidig. “Seton Hall is going to have an event soon where they will be doing luminaries to represent loved ones. We’ve just been very blessed to have so many people contact us to help out or do a fundraiser.”
He says the future looks bright for the radio wave machine.
“The small device trials are nearly complete and we’re just about to complete a human sized device,” said Neidig. “We know the small device works. Once the machine is completed we will have to validate the same thing with it as we have the small machine. The great news is that we know what we’re looking for now. If all goes well, we could be looking at human trials by 2013.
“The really encouraging thing is that we haven’t really hit any road blocks so far. Usually you’ve hit at least one or two stumbling blocks at this point in research, but so far it’s been smooth sailing.”