Watch Dr. Neil Spector’s “Focus on Lyme” video now
Neil Spector, MD, knows a lot about cancer. He’s one of the country’s top oncologists and is a cancer researcher at Duke University School of Medicine. He knows a lot about Lyme disease, too—from personal experience.
Dr. Spector suffered from misdiagnosed Lyme disease for many years, and during that time, his heart was battered and beaten up by the unrecognized illness. Although he was eventually diagnosed and treated for Lyme, by then his heart was severely damaged.
At one point, he was near death and only a heart transplant could save his life. He chronicled the experience in his riveting memoir, Gone in A Heartbeat: A Physician’s Search for True Healing.
Since then, Dr. Spector has become a unique advocate for Lyme patients. He thoroughly understands the patient’s viewpoint, including what it’s like to know that something is seriously wrong with your body and yet have doctors dismiss your symptoms.
At the same time, he is a man of science and understands that we need a new way of looking at Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment. (Same-old, same-old diagnostics and treatment with 60-year-old antibiotics? Lyme patients deserve better, he says.)
As a cancer researcher, he knows what great strides have been made in terms of “personalized medicine” for cancer treatment—and that a similar approach to Lyme disease offers great promise.
Earlier this year, Dr. Spector spoke at the Focus on Lyme conference in Scottsdale, AZ. He and conference organizers graciously allowed LymeDisease.org to videotape his presentation and share it with you here. Take a listen to his remarkable story.
- August 23, 2017 at 8:38 pm
I wish I could have heard Dr, Spector speaking at his Lyme Conference. The problem we are having is physician’s accepting a diagnosis of Lyme Disease and how it affects every aspect of a patient’s body. Most physicians refuse to think outside of the box, hence so much misdiagnosis of Lyme. We are at an EPIDEMIC in the U.S. And it doesn’t help that the CDC is teaching physicians to test with ELISA!
- August 24, 2017 at 6:32 am
hope!!! That is what I felt when I ordered dr. Neil Spector’s book. Hope is what I felt after I read it. Hope is what I felt when I emailed him out of desperation and hope is what I felt when he unbelievably,immediately replied. Hope is what I felt when I became a Patient of one of his collegues. Hope is what I have felt as one by one my oldest son, my middle son and recently, my husband were all finally properly diagnosed after a decade of my mothers intuition being belittled. I can’t thank these 2 men enough for their dedication to their work and principles. My definition of hope includes you Dr. Spector!
- August 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm
Everyone should hear this talk – amazing!
- September 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm
Dr. Spector you are truly an angel given to us by God. Thank you.
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