I wouldn't give up on EPO that easily. Lance started on it when he was fighting for his life against testicular cancer, which cost him half of his reproductive equipment. But he won a battle far more important than any bike race.
I'm not saying he could not have done it without EPO. But when doing life-or-death, why try?
My mother was on EPO for her vasculitis, and it was part of her chemotherapy too. I would not hesitate if a doctor ever prescribed it to me. It might be part of the answer to restenosis!
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
Patients sans/without patience