8 Feb 2010 – Bilateral mastectomy with 4 lymph nodes removed
Mar 2010 – she was prescribed radiation,4 rounds of AC and 6 months infusion of Herceptin and 5 years of Tamoxifen. Nanay, refused conventional treatment.
Why? Look at the chart below from cancermath.net
The life expectancy of a normal woman is 84 years old. With Nanay’s cancer staging, her life expectancy is reduced by 8.6 years, meaning she is expected to live only up to 75.4 years (that is 15 years from now).
Without chemo & Tamoxifen
By Year 15, she will have 16% chance of dying from non-cancer causes, 29% of dying from cancer and 41% chance of still being alive.
With chemo & Tamoxifen
She will still have 55% chance of still being alive at Year 15. That is about 14% improvement only.
So, what is the benefit of taking chemo + Tamoxifen?
This combo will only extend her life for another 3.2 years, meaning she will live until she is 78.6 years old.
Is it worth to take the risk of dying from chemo & Tamoxifen side effects? Based on my research, Cancer treatments can last for up to 5 years. Is it worth it to lose your quality of life in the next 5 years in exchange for an extra 3.2 years?
Nanay believes that quality of life is much better than an extra 3.2 years. She have a very strong will to live for the next 15 years and she is not going to take this sitting down.
Mar 2010 – 42 day fast (patterned from Gerson Therapy and Breuss Protocol with Vegetable Juice, Fresh Tumeric Juice and Coffee Enema) with guidelines from Danny Meneses of http://www.PBCN.org She also followed a modified version of the Kelley/Gonzalez Enzyme therapy, on her own.
note: there are no clinical studies that proves the efficacy of Gerson Therapy, Breuss Protocol and Kelley/Gonzalez Enzyme Therapy, but there are clinical studies on turmeric/curcumin conducted at MD Anderson Cancer Center) that proved curcumuin having therapeutic effects to advanced stage pancreatic cancer patients. There are also studies being conducted on hCG (a pregnancy hormone) as well as enzymes that digest proteins that Cancer feeds on to, which supports Kelley’s theory.
Food/Diet is not the cure-all but it is a very important factor in any cancer battle plan according to Dr. John Lee.
April 2010 till today – Hormone Balance Formula (with I3C/DIM)
Please refer to the following for more information
Refer to Diagnosis first before reading this treatment plan.
Targeted Theraphy for Overexpression of Her2+++ diagnosis
Please refer to diagram below, how cells because abnormal, how it multiply/grow, and invade tissues– to become a tumuor and the factors that correlates to each stage of the cancer. Curcumin was tested to inhibit all these factors across all stages.. not just Her2 overexpression.
Refer to this online discussion regarding Curcumin and First-line Herceptin Monotheraphy, click Part 1 here
and Part 2 here
Endocrine Theraphy for ER+ diagnosis
2OH is the estrogen metabolites that is considered protective estrogen metabolite (good)
16OH is the bad estrogen metabolite that is considered carcinogenic
the role of DIM is for her to metabolise her excess estrogen towards the friendly metabolite which is 2OH
Refer to an online discussion regarding bad estrogen and good estrogen, click here
There are now clinical trials being conducted to prove the efficacy of natural treatments, thanks to the advocacy of many grassroots organization such as BCA, however, these clinical trials are not attracting attention from the media or any of the doctors as it is lost in the sea of confused misconceptions and assumptions about Breast Cancer.
I am still skeptical about Herceptin and 100% sure that Chemo is not the right treatment for my mother. However, I am still open to influence about Herceptin as is all the clinical studies being conducted regarding genestein, emodin, and hcG as an accepted natural treatment for Cancer, following the succes of Dr. Aggrawal of MD Anderson in getting clinical approval to use natural curcumin as a treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Nanay’s other treatment decisions are quite hard to describe, but I tried hard to document it here:
Disclaimer: I am not a health practitioner so take everything I say as opinion and not fact. Consult your health professional for medical advice. If there is something you picked from this site, do your own research before starting a conversation with your doctor. I still believe that patients, conventional doctors and alternative/complimentary medicine practitioners can still find a common ground to start talking about real cure and be true to the Hippocratic oath , despite the myriad of things that we have to fix and tag as urgent.