Glenn hosted a benefit in his Manhattan office last night and a big reason for that was his excitement over a new possible treatment that doctors believe could possibly be a major breaktrough. How did an idea starting with pie tins and hotdogs possibly lead to symptom free cancer treatment?
"Last night I finished the TV show and then I went to my daughter's concert. She's in college. So I had to go to her concert. Then I went to a fundraiser that we were also doing last night for MD Anderson in Texas because we found, we've got about five, five or six people that have cancer either in their family right now or on the staff, and Mercury has been really impacted by cancer here in the last few and it's funny because I met Jon Huntsman at the Huntsman Cancer Center maybe six years ago and I didn't know anybody that ‑‑ personally that had cancer and he said, you know, cancer hits everybody and, you know, and you should care and everything else. And I said Tania and I have been big supporters of cancer research in the last few years and now our company is so impacted by it. And so we are working with everybody we can to see what the latest technology is and we have one of the people on our staff that has cancer and she can't get the right chemotherapy," Glenn explained.
"So one night Kevin Balfe who is ‑‑ runs the book division, he writes to me and he said, "Glenn, this cannot be true." And he sends me a link and it's a quick little report on this cancer research that, what they do is they put nanoparticles onto an antibody, a cancer antibody. You can train these little antibodies to go right where you want them and the nanoparticles to go into the cancer cell. And they take just a little fleck of gold and they put it into the antibody and they inject it into your system and within two minutes those nanoparticles have gone into the cancer. Whether it's a tumor or leukemia or wherever, it circulates the entire body and it finds the cancer cells. It then inserts itself into the cancer cell."
"Then they hit you with radio waves. Radio waves do nothing to you, but if you're metal, it heats metal. And so the nanoparticles are inside of the cancer cell, they hit your body with the radio waves, and it kills the cancer. It literally burns the cancer cell up."
"They have done animal testing now," Glenn said. "And what they do, they've injected them and within, I think it's a week and just a few sessions, zero cancer. Zero."
"So last night we did a fundraiser here. I invited all my rich friends and just squeezed their wallets so hard, just took them and just went, put them in a vice, squeeze the money out of them," he joked.
Glenn said that they are still waiting for FDA approval for human testing but that it was hopefully right around the corner.
"One of the interesting parts of the story was the guy who came up with this was not some high‑end surgeon or some expert on cancer. He was a radio engineer," Stu said. "It didn't even come from the place you'd think it came from."