Cancer victim hopes treatment will let him see his sons grow up
A father of three who is battling cancer in his bones and lungs has set up a fundraiser to pay for experimental treatment.
George Scott-Smith, 56, said that he had been fighting prostate cancer since 2019, and discovered in January that it had metastasised throughout his body.
Now, he hopes to raise $35,000 to try treatment in Turkey that could save his life.
Mr Scott-Smith, a Bermudian living in the US, said: “Whatever I can do to beat it, I’ll do. I’m at stage 4 right now and I am at the severe stage where you can’t just sit around and watch it consume you.
“I would like to hang around and see my children grow up.”
Mr Scott-Smith, who grew up in Bermuda but moved to Georgia in 2004, was speaking after his GoFundMe page raised $3,455 in about a month.
He planned to travel to the ChemoThermia Oncology Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, where he could receive metabolically-supported chemotherapy, which combines radiation treatment with dietary changes to weaken the tumours’ metabolic rates.
Mr Scott-Smith said that the treatment expenses would cost upwards of $30,000.
He added that, although the treatment was experimental, he was optimistic about its effectiveness.
Mr Scott-Smith said he had been told the cancer would have been “a death sentence” ten years ago - but now, thanks to experimental treatments, he had a fighting chance.
He added: “I had opted to do [metabolically-supported chemotherapy] because I saw the testimonials of people who had been treated there.
“I had spoken with the doctors – we had consultations with the doctors through FaceTime calls – and they said they could definitely help me out.”
Stacey Burt, Mr Smith’s sister, who runs his GoFundMe, said that she had helped raise $9,800 when her brother was first diagnosed with cancer.
But she added it had all been used by the time the cancer metastasised and forced her to extend the goal to $45,000.
Ms Burt said that, although she was unsure if they would meet their goal, “I just try to stay positive”.
She said: “He’s actually in a lot of pain right now where he’ll do anything to get rid of it.
“Even through his pain he’s still positive.
“He strongly feels that, if he can go to there [ChemoThermia], he’ll be fine.”
Mr Scott-Smith said that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, 2019, but added that, because of his Seventh-Day Adventist faith, he tried to stay away from “traditional” medicine in favour of “holistic” options to treat the disease.
Mr Scott-Smith added that he initially turned to surgery and chemo therapy, but delayed the treatments so that he could better manage his Type I diabetes.
He explained: “My doctor said that my diabetes had to be under control before she could even be allowed to do surgery.
“After I found out I had the cancer I had to wait five weeks before surgery.”
Mr Scott-Smith added: “A month after I found out I had it, I opted out of surgery and decided to just stick with holistic treatments.
“Holistic treatments were basically just herbal remedies and juicing and drinking greens every day.”
Mr Scott-Smith said that he learnt in January that his cancer had spread from his prostate and into his bladder, lungs, bones and spine.
He added that he had also been diagnosed with shingles in September, and suffered tremendous pain from the spinal tumours and viral disease.
Asked if he thought the holistic treatments worked, Mr Scott-Smith said: “Let me put it this way – there are a lot of very powerful herbal remedies that they have available, but I didn’t have the funding to get those herbs.
“If you’re going to go holistic, you’ve got to hit it hard and you can’t slack off.”
Aside from the chemotherapy, Mr Scott-Smith said that he was seeking alternating electric field therapy in West Palm Beach in Florida to keep the cancer at bay.
Mr Scott-Smith said that his biggest priority was living long enough to be there for his 13-year-old son, Christian, as well as his twin boys, Joshua and Jonathan, aged six, and his wife, Lorraine.
He added: “Right now I'm just doing everything I possibly can to keep it at bay and just keep fighting.”