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I was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2013. To learn about my treatment history read my About page. I had a recurrence in my right supraclavicular lymph node that I found in January of 2015.
I initially received different opinions from my medical and radiation oncologists who were at Georgetown and Sibley respectively. One suggested I have the lymph node removed and keep my fingers crossed that it hadn’t spread elsewhere. The other suggested I go on chemo even though it was unlikely to work. What I really needed was a more targeted treatment but I didn’t qualify for most medical trials because the lymph node was too small (it needs to be 1 cm on the shortest axis and mine was .5 cm) and because I have Graves disease, an auto-immune disease which disqualifies me from most trials for immunotherapies. I ended up getting opinions from oncologists at the following institutions: MD Anderson, Mayo, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Johns Hopkins, Dana Farber, Mass Gen, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina, Cleveland Clinic in addition to my hometown hospitals Georgetown and Sibley.
The consensus was that my cancer was likely chemo- and radiation-resistant so neither of those would be helpful treatments. Surgery was not recommended as it was believed that the cancer had already spread and that surgery would not successfully resolve the issue. It was also believed that my best bet was a clinical trial so I should wait for the tumor to grow large enough or to move into my internal organs to qualify me for a trial. I didn’t accept this as my only options so I found an integrative oncologist and several naturopaths who offered me some treatment options.
My current treatment includes recommendations made by naturopaths and my integrative oncologist. My treatment is also monitored by a local medical oncologist. I have PET scans every 3 months and will likely be on this course of treatment, assuming it goes well, for several years.
The philosophy behind this treatment is different from most cancer treatments which usually follow the clinical-trial model of one or two treatments at a time. Instead this course of treatment tries to target all of the pathways (metabolic, genetic, angiogensis, and immune system) that cancer uses to grow all at once. We don’t know what treatment ends up working but by combining many at once the hope is that combined they will end up working. All of the treatments are proven and backed up by evidence from clinical trials and the side effects are generally much less harsh than traditional chemotherapy.
|Drug/Supplement||Total Amount||Per dose||Doses||Brand|
|Xeloda||500 mg||1 pill||1x/day||Rx|
|Low-dose Naltrexone||3.5 mg||1 capsule||1x/day||Rx|
|Metformin||500 mg||1 pill||2x/day||Rx|
|Proleukin||2 mg||1 injection||1x/month||Rx|
|Calcium D-Glucarate||3 g||2 capsules||2x/day||Integrative|
|Fish Oil||EPA-650 mg, DHA 450 mg||1 capsule||3x/day||Ultimate Omega Nordic Naturals|
|Melatonin||20 mg||2 pills||1x/day||Now|
|Probiotics||1 capsule||1x/day||Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic|
|PSP Cloud Mushroom Extract||1500 mg||4 capsules||3x/day||Meridian|
|Valerian Root||90 mg||1 capsule||1x/day||Vitamin Shoppe|
|Vitamin B12||1000 mcg||1 full drop||1x/day||Thorne|
|Vitamin C||2,000 mg||2 capsules||2x/day||Solaray|
|Vitamin D3||10,000 IU||1 capsule||1x/day||Thorne|
|Vitamin K2||40 mg||20 drops||2x/day||Thorne|
|Escozine||4 ml||1 ml drops||4x/day||Medolife|
If you have questions about any of these treatments please feel free to contact me by going to my Contact page.
I started this treatment slowly between February and March 2015. Here are my results thus far:
Original PET scan- January 15, 2015:Lymph node tumor measures 12 mm x 7 mm with SUV 10.8. Other lymph nodes light up including one in my mediastinum that measures 5 mm and one in my right auxiliary that measured 5 mm.
PET scan- April 10, 2015: Right supraclavicular lymph node measures 13 mm x 7 mm with SUV 6.4. Lymph nodes in auxiliary and mediastinum no longer light up. Additional areas in my pectoral muscle and my right auxiliary light up but they are likely post-surgical.
PET scan- July 17, 2015: Right supraclavicular lymph node measures 10 mm with SUV 3.2. No other areas of concern.
Last updated: 07/30/2015
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