a waking giant
SURVIVING TERMINAL CANCER
A PATIENT ADVOCACY FILM
This film charts the remarkable story of Ben Williams, professor emeritus of experimental psychology at University of California, San Diego. Diagnosed in 1995 with the most lethal cancer known to medicine, a primary brain tumour called glioblastoma multiforme, he was given just a few months to live. But a natural born maverick, and rigorous scientist, Ben decided he woud not go down without a fight. Nineteen years later his story is an inspiration to patients the world over, whilst his case is dismissed by the medical community as just one of a handful of statistical outliers.
This documentary presents compelling evidence, from doctors, regulators, and other patients, that raise concern over the validity and ethical grounding of oncology research, and the resulting limitations to clinical practice. Is it possible that as a society we could make dramatic progress against cancer if we reconsidered our strategy, as opposed to blindly following a system that has failed to deliver meaningful results in most deadly cancers for over four decades? With such a delicate and complex subject, we have tried to maintain objectivity whilst asking questions which are long over due in the public domain.
This film has been funded privately, following the death of a young family member to glioblastoma multiforme. We have decided to make the film available for free so that all cancer patients, whatever their economic background, can access what we feel is critical information for everyone to know upon diagnosis.
If you appreciate the free availability of this film please recognise our efforts by contributing your opinion as a patient, carer, medical professional, researcher, or regulator, to the patient orientated research platfrom we have created to try and bring about more collaboration between professionals and patients to deliver better treatments for all cancer patients:
The film has been translated into Russian, Italian, Polish, Hebrew, French and Brazilian Portuguese. If you would like to volunteer to translate the film into other languages please contact us, note that a command of subtle medical terminology is pre-requisite and reasonable computer literacy so we can guide you how to convert your translation into the software able to output SRT files.