Help With Cancer Treatment

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  • patio34

    Hi Lady Lee,

    I'm so sorry you have a health problem that may be serious--good luck!

    Not that you asked, but fools rush in . . . about your friend dying after refusing chemo, etc. The way I understand it is that if the cancer has metasisized, which hers seems to have done, especially to the liver, it's pretty much hopeless. Even if the chemo had started shrinking her tumor on the liver, that just buys some time. A friend of mine lived on different chemos for about 4 years. There was never any hope of curing it, just keeping it from killing her a while. Liver cancer is difficult to survive. Sorry about your friend.


  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    Thanks Pat

    I knew that the tumor shrinking was only buying her some time. She had ignored the breast cancer way too long. And as a result it has spread all through her body. The doctors did not really expect the chemo to work

    What really angered me was this crackpot selling her alcohol as some kind of cure. People took advantage of her lack of understanding (english was not her first language either).

    Granted we have the net now and can do so much more research ourselves than in the past. We can be much better informed than she was. I

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    I know I will be

    sorry double post

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    triple post

  • Francois

    Try the information at this link:

    Sounds interesting as the guy who wrote it has his disease in 1993


  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    My mate who had the cancer in his leg is a very active outdoor type, Lady Lee. He decided that he would rather be dead, than minus his leg. That is why he took the alternative. He has his leg, and his life, and his health.

    My most recent experience with a close friend cancer sufferer was a total cockup. She had terminal, untreatable cancer. When I heard about the operation she was offered to "give her another six months" my jaw hit the floor. I suggested an alternative operation that would have extended her life to give time for alternatives to work without hindering the alternative protocols. The surgeon agreed, but when they opened her up they still did their original plan. With the operation they did there was no hope for any alternative therapy to work.

    She died

    Not from cancer.

    But as a direct, and predicted by her surgeon, result of the operation they performed.

  • Sam Beli
    Sam Beli

    Sorry folks, but Black Sheep is spreading misinformation and fear here. Pat and Lady Lee stated it just about right above.

    Your father should have gotten the "truth" at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. No one has a good record in treating cancer, not even M. D. Anderson. Yet they, Sloan Kettering in New York and several others are premier cancer centers. You could ask if there are any treatment trials that your Dad could become a part of. Trials usually include drugs and treatment protocols not yet approved by the FDA for general use.

    Alternative treatments are not part of main stream medicine because they do not work. Crackpots offer them because they can make large profits off of the uninformed and fearful. They use an extremely vulnerable time to prey upon their victims.

    My advice to families is to start with a conscientious family physician, preferably one specializing in internal medicine, and let him or her guide one to other specialists and specialty centers where proper treatment can be obtained.

    Why do I feel qualified to offer such advice? I have worked in administrative capacities in the healthcare field for decades. In my role I have the opportunity to talk candidly with some of the finest physicians and surgeons in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. I know something about healthcare.

    Certainly, you are free to do as you see fit. I come from an informed position that you can take or leave.

    Beat wishes to you as you face difficult times,


  • Sam Beli
    Sam Beli

    Cancer deaths decline

    Wed Sep 3, 6:47 AM ET
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    By Tim Friend, USA TODAY

    Death rates from cancer are declining, and the number of new cases is leveling off solid progress that appears to be a result of longstanding national efforts at prevention, screening and early treatment, federal experts report Wednesday.

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    Cancer experts first began observing a turn-around in trends during the mid-1990s after watching statistics on deaths and new cases rise steadily since the mid-1970s. But the new Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2000 presents the strongest evidence yet that some battles in the war on cancer are being won.

    The driving force behind the decline in deaths and new cases has been a steady decrease in lung cancer among men, which experts believe was achieved through prevention programs, says Hannah Weir of the cancer prevention and control division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( news - web sites ).

    Trends are also improving for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer, which with lung cancer account for more than half of all new cases and cancer deaths.

    Weir says experts are especially encouraged because, for the first time, data for the new report represent 68% of the U.S. population. In previous years, the report, which is prepared by the CDC, the National Cancer Institute ( news - web sites ) (NCI) and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, was based on data from only a handful of states.

    Among key findings in the report:

    Overall cancer deaths. The rates began to level off in 1992 and decline from 1994 to 1998. Death rates continued to drop, at a slower rate, from 1998 to 2000.

    Lung cancer. The steepest decline was seen in lung cancer rates in black and white men. Women's lung cancer death rates rose throughout the 1990s, but the rate of increase has started to slow.

    Preventing lung cancer through tobacco control programs has become one of the most powerful anti-cancer weapons, says Brenda Edwards of the NCI.

    Worldwide, lung cancer is the most common tumor, with 900,000 cases a year, of which a third involve women. It is the top cause of cancer deaths.

    Breast and prostate cancer ( news - web sites ). The statistics show that new cases for both types of cancer have been increasing. But the jump is likely a result of the widespread use of mammography screening for women and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing for men rather than an actual increase in cases. Death rates for both breast and prostate cancer appear to be declining, though not as dramatically as for lung cancer.

    Prostate cancer deaths have been declining since 1993. The reason is unclear. Urologists say PSA testing leads to earlier treatment, but Weir says that is unproven. Prostate cancer deaths have declined in countries where PSA tests are rarely used, researchers say.

    Colorectal cancer. Death rates continue to drop as new diagnoses have stabilized. Detection of pre-cancerous polyps may be the reason, Edwards says.

  • Lee Elder
    Lee Elder

    If the consensus of informed medical opinion is that your father should have surgery - that is probably what he should do - even if these means that blood transfusions are necessary. It might be possible to arrange for this surgery to take place in a facility where Hemopure or Polyheme are being tested and a viable alternative for JWs since the WTS now permits the use of hemoglobin solution.

    Best regards,

    Lee Elder


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