I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2/94. I underwent VAD and Cytoxan induction therapy and an auto stem cell transplant in ’95. These toxic chemotherapies did little to manage my cancer yet led to short, long-term and late stage negative side effects. Where is it written that chemotherapy must be toxic to be cytotoxic multiple myeloma?
Based on my negative experience with toxic “standard of care” chemotherapy regimens I am constantly on the lookout for therapies that hold promise for both overall survival as well as quality of life. While it it is too soon to make a decision about therapies from the studies linked below discussing Arsenic Trioxide, intravenous vitamin C and curcumin, it is clear that there is potential in keeping an eye on these therapies especially if you have a blood cancer that has relapsed.
I found a non-conventional therapy that put me into complete remission from my Multiple Myeloma. I encourage you to think outside the conventional therapy box if you have been diagnosed with a blood cancer.
For more information on both conventional and non-conventional cancer therapies, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
“Arsenic trioxide inhibits growth and promotes apoptosis in many different cancer cell lines. The National Cancer Institute is working cooperatively with research centers across the U.S. to evaluate its clinical activity in hematologic malignancies, such as acute promyelocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, and multiple myeloma. It is also supporting research in solid tumors, such as advanced hormone-refractory prostate cancer and renal cell cancer and in cervical cancer and refractory transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. The safety and pharmacokinetics of arsenic trioxide are also being evaluated in pediatric patients with refractory leukemia and lymphoma.
“At concentrations above 1000 μmol/L, vitamin C is toxic to some cancer cells but not to normal cells in vitro. We found 3 well-documented cases of advanced cancers, confirmed by histopathologic review, where patients had unexpectedly long survival times after receiving high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy. ”
“While arsenic has had its greatest success in APL, it is also being tested in a variety of other cancers. There are 17 ongoing clinical trials in the United States testing arsenic trioxide to treat various forms of leukemia and cancers of the central nervous system and brain, according to the National Institutes of Health Web site http://www.clinicaltrials.gov…
If you have something that will take away the potential toxicity and the potential real harm of high doses of anthracycline [chemotherapy] why not do it?”
The Most BioAvailable Curcumin Formulas
“Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin (CU) products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism”
A search of the Pubmed database for the word curcumin yields 601 studies spaning health topics from multiple myeloma and colorectal cancer, to chemotherapies that synergizes with CU, to Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis and more. Based on years of reading studies and personal accounts, I think it is safe to say that CU supplementation is safe and relatively inexpensive.
I have read about myeloma patients taking daily doses of CU from 400 milligrams to 8 grams (1000 milligrams = 1 gram). By almost any measure, CU is a safe, inexpensive wonder drug.
The only challenge is that CU is famously difficult to absorb in the body. In other words, a person has to mix curcumin with some sort of fat (coconut oil, chocolate, etc.) or take a brand of curcumin capsule that is already formulated to be more “bioavailable” in order to derive the full benefit of CU.
The study linked and exerpted below reviews different formulations of CU. The study itself lists the three most bioavailable formulation/brand of CU and I’ve added an excerpt from a further review from Consumerlab.com that lists four additional bioavailable brands of CU.
“CU is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring.“
“Curcumin is a widely studied natural compound which has shown tremendous in vitro therapeutic potential. Despite that, the clinical efficacy of the native CU is weak due to its low bioavailability and high metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract. During the last decade, researchers have come up with different formulations with a focus on improving the bioavailability of curcumin. As a result, a significant number of bioavailable curcumin-based formulations were introduced with the varying range of enhanced bioavailability.
The purpose of this review is to collate the published clinical studies of CU products with improved bioavailability over conventional (unformulated) CU. Based on the literature search, 11 curcumin formulations with available human bioavailability and pharmacokinetics data were included in this review. Further, the data on clinical study design, analytical method, pharmacokinetic parameters and other relevant details of each formulation were extracted.
Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism. The review hopes to provide a quick reference guide for anyone looking information on these bioavailable curcumin formulations.
Based on the published reports,
exhibited over 100-fold higher bioavailability relative to reference unformulated CU. Suggested mechanisms accounting for improved bioavailability of the formulations and details on the bioanalysis methods are also discussed.”
According to Consumerlab.com:
“Novasol has the highest bioavailability (185 x compared to unforumulated CU), followed by Curcuwin (136 x), Longvida (100 x), Meriva (48 x), BCM-95 (27 x), Curcumin C3 Complex + Bioperene (20 x), and then Theracumin (16 x).”