When God has told us to stop, we can stop.
But that doesn’t mean he can stop cancer.
So a cancer surgeon is asking us to do what we must: stop.
Dr Paul Rizzo is one of several doctors working in Australia who say they are fighting the cancer of faith.
“When God says, ‘stop’, I can’t tell you what to do,” he says.
“I’m not a doctor.
I’m a doctor of medicine.”
The Royal Australian College of Surgeons’ (RASC) clinical trials arm has issued a statement saying it is “not responsible for any patient or caregiver’s actions”.
“In these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for RASC to comment on specific patient-related decisions,” the statement said.
“As a group, we recognise the potential for patient safety and wellbeing, and that patients may wish to withdraw from the trial.”
Dr Rizzol says his patients have been informed of the risks of being part of the trial, but that they still need to be told how the trial is run and to give them a reason to participate.
“They can have their own reasons to withdraw, but there’s no obligation on the part of RASC, and no obligation to provide that information,” he said.’
God has told me to stop’Dr Rizol has been working at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Cancer Research for over a decade, and has seen hundreds of patients in his practice.
He says he is now in his seventh cancer surgery, and says he feels like he has been given a second chance.
“The people that I have treated, they have told me the exact same thing: ‘God has given me a second shot at life,'” he said, “And I’ve had no other option than to say, ‘OK, OK, God, stop’.”
Dr Riazo says the trial was never designed to see how effective the drug would be.
“What it’s really designed to do is to give the patient the option of not participating and just keep trying, and then they might come back,” he explained.
“That’s what we’re hoping to see, is a patient who’s had a relapse and then who has a relapse that’s actually helped to make the patient want to try again.”
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