As Predicted, Jessica Ainscough Has Died Of Her Untreated Cancer

February 27th, 2015
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I take no pleasure in saying this.  However, it has come to my attention that Jessica Ainscough, the woman who I predicted would die of untreated cancer has passed away.

She was 30 years.  She spent seven of those years with a slowly progressing cancer that would ultimately kill her.

It was 2012 when I predicted this outcome, noting that the slow moving cancer would likely take a few more years to kill her.  It took about three.   To be perfectly honest, that’s roughly what I had expected, based on what doctors had told me and some research on the progression of the condition.

It is surely a sad day for her friends and family.  It’s terrible to lose a life at such an age, especially when it could have been prevented.  However, I believe this needs to be publicized and used as an example of how deadly cancer quackery can be.  She spent much of her life encouraging others to go down the path of fake treatments and quackery.  The ultimate result should be proof to any others who face the difficult decision of how to treat their cancer.

More info can be found here.


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    Shafe Says:

            Ted said:

    From the article linked in the original post:

    “epithelioid sarcoma is a rare sarcoma, with an incidence on the order of 0.1 to 0.4 per million. It’s primarily a tumor of young adults, and it nearly always appears on the upper extremities, and wide surgical excision is the only known effective treatment. It also tends to be indolent as well. Its ten year survival overall is on the order of 61% …”

    Excuse me while I post the remainder of the paragraph that you excerpted above, with emphasis added:

    …, and for patients between 17 and 30 years (i.e., patients like Jessica Ainscough), it’s approximately 72%. Of course, that is with treatment with surgery; without surgery, five year survival is 35% and ten year survival is 33%. Sadly, Jess Ainscough’s survival of seven years with her disease in essence untreated is thus within the expected range of survival time based on her disease that I discussed the last time I discussed her. -Orac

            Ted said:

    Let’s see:
    1. she did have surgery and chemo but the cancer recurred
    2. Her death after 7 years is in no way an outlier given the quoted 10 year survival.

            Ted said:

    How about the title of his post?
    As Predicted, Jessica Ainscough Has Died Of Her UNTREATED Cancer

    That sure says to me that he is convinced that the lack of treatment killed her when the statistics I quoted in no way to support that assertion.

    Read that again: “…wide surgical excision is the only known effective treatment.” The “wide surgical excision” would likely have been a forequarter amputation leaving her with no left arm or shoulder. Ainscough underwent some experimental chemotherapy with disappointing results, then refused the amputation, shunned medical treatment altogether, and opted instead for Gerson Therapy. She died predictably after she let the cancer go untreated.

    So no, her death was not an outlier. She died just as the statistics state that most untreated patients would.


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    Ted Says:

    Shafe says

    She died predictably after she let the cancer go untreated.

    So no, her death was not an outlier. She died just as the statistics state that most untreated patients would.

    Unfortunately, most TREATED patients die prematurely from the cancer. The cancer occurs in young people who should survive much longer than 10 years yet the survival rate for TREATED cancers is only 61%. That means 39% die from the cancer. Ms. Ainscough’s death after 7 years is indeed not an outlier whether she was treated or not. Your statement and the OP’s that her death is evidence that her treatment, or lack thereof in your opinion, killed her is not supported by the statistics.


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    jmdesp Says:

    @Ted : Read properly, for young patient the age of Jessica, survival rate is 72%, this means only 28% do not survive 10 years. However this is a global statistic mixing all case. Given the lack of solution to treat this cancer once it has propagated too much, the matter actually is “was the amputation done early enough that no cancer cell propagated out of the arm ?”. If no, you’re dead, if yes, you’re saved. The fact she survived 7 years without treatment, when most untreated patient are dead after 5 is a hint she probably had been diagnosed very early. So would have had very good chance of survival if the amputation had been done at the start when recommended.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

    Apparently she underwent radiation therapy during the last 6 weeks of her life. I guess it dawned on her that putting lots of coffee into her anus was getting her nowhere. She said she wanted to share this with her followers, but of course, she didn’t.

    Apparently the radiation did shrink the tumor, while the alternative medicine didn’t.

    But it wasn’t enough. Six weeks of radiation just couldn’t save her life. It’s really not surprising. For one thing, radiation does not work especially well on this type of cancer, because it tends to be slow-diving and radiation therapy works best on fast-dividing cancer cells. But more than that, it was simply too late. By the time she finally realized that she needed real medicine, the cancer was very far along and not much could be done.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3022642/Wellness-blogger-Jessica-Ainscough-s-fiance-writes-tribute-reveals-radiation-treatment.html


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    Depleted Cranium » Blog Archive » Natural Cancer Cure Guru Lied About Having Cancer Says:

    […] long ago, Jessica Ainscough died from lack of treatment for her cancer.  For the past few years, she had been promoting various ‘alternative’ cancer […]


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    Ted Says:

    Steve Packard says:

    “Six weeks of radiation just couldn’t save her life. “

    The sad truth is that there are no effective treatments for many types of cancer, including the one that killed Ms. Ainscough. The therapies for big killers like lung and pancreatic cancer extend life at most a few months at the price of horrific side effects and life threatening and disfiguring surgeries.

    You have adopted cargo cult science as your religion but repeating false statements does not make them correct. The facts do not support your assertion that Ms. Ainscough died prematurely because she did not do everything some medico said she should. Her 7 year survival is not statistically unusual whether she did the radical surgery and radiation treatment or not.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Ted said:

    The sad truth is that there are no effective treatments for many types of cancer, including the one that killed Ms. Ainscough. The therapies for big killers like lung and pancreatic cancer extend life at most a few months at the price of horrific side effects and life threatening and disfiguring surgeries.

    That is pure and utter rubbish of the worse kind. Do you assume that we are all fools here and will accept a statement like that without support? A vast part of the problem is that there are people like you out there that are steeped in both their own ignorance and inability to think rationally, yet are arrogant enough to think they can pronounce on matters far outside their knowledge.

    Post proof of your assertions, or piss-off and then tell us why we should accept your opinions and not that of of the overwhelming number of experts that do know what they are talking about.


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    Ted Says:

            DV82XL said:

    That is pure and utter rubbish of the worse kind. Do you assume that we are all fools here and will accept a statement like that without support? A vast part of the problem is that there are people like you out there that are steeped in both their own ignorance and inability to think rationally, yet are arrogant enough to think they can pronounce on matters far outside their knowledge.

    Post proof of your assertions, or piss-off and then tell us why we should accept your opinions and not that of of the overwhelming number of experts that do know what they are talking about.

    I should not waste my time arguing with an octogenarian Canadian but here goes. Here is a link you ignorant d0rk:
    http://cancergrace.org/topic/stage-4-nsclc-what-is-average-life-expectancy-after-diagnosis

    The median survival, which is the time at which half of patients in a group have died, is about 8-10 months from the start of first treatment. Among those who go on to second line chemotherapy, the median survival is about 6-7 months, and for third line treatment, it’s about 4 months.

    There isn’t evidence that treating beyond the first couple of lines of treatment prolongs survival, and if a person is too debilitated, there’s a very real chance that more treatment may shorten rather than prolong survival.


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    DV82XL Says:

    I should not waste my time arguing with an octogenarian Canadian but here goes.

    First Ainscough rejected surgery in the form of an amputation, so why you are arguing about chemo at all is not clear as it doesn’t apply to her situation.

    Secondly your link is referencing non-small cell lung cancer while Ainscough died of epithelioid sarcoma a completely different malignancy. Again it isn’t relevant to her case.

    Thirdly indeed don’t waste your time or mine if this is the quality of the arguments you are tabling. you may not be able to read for comprehension – don’t assume the rest of us here struggle under that handicap.


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    Ted Says:

    Ted said

    The sad truth is that there are no effective treatments for many types of cancer, including the one that killed Ms. Ainscough. The therapies for [b]big killers like lung[/b] and pancreatic cancer extend life at most a few months at the price of horrific side effects and life threatening and disfiguring surgeries.

    DV82XL said

            Ted said:

    That is pure and utter rubbish of the worse kind.

    Ted said

    Here is a link you ignorant d0rk:
    http://cancergrace.org/topic/stage-4-nsclc-what-is-average-life-expectancy-after-diagnosis

    The median survival, which is the time at which half of patients in a group have died, is about 8-10 months from the start of first treatment. Among those who go on to second line chemotherapy, the median survival is about 6-7 months, and for third line treatment, it’s about 4 months.

    There isn’t evidence that treating beyond the first couple of lines of treatment prolongs survival, and if a person is too debilitated, there’s a very real chance that more treatment may shorten rather than prolong survival.

    DV82XL said

    Secondly your link is referencing non-small cell lung cancer … you may not be able to read for comprehension

    Ted says
    Learn to read


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    DV82XL Says:

    You are not making any argument germaine to the issue at hand. That there are not effective cures for all types of cancer does not imply that there are no effective treatments for any type of cancer and in the case of Ainscough’s type of cancer, amputation has proven effective if done before it has a chance to spread. Would it have guaranteed her survival? No, nothing is guaranteed, but it would have increased her chances far beyond that provided by the fake treatments and quackery she tried. The fact remains that she died, and might have lived, and indeed wanted to live. She believed the nonsense she was practicing would help, and it did not. This is the bottom line here, and any other conclusion is unsupportable by the facts at hand. It is this choice we dispute here and nothing else.


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