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Hello David. I wish I had run across this site earlier, hopefully it’s still up and running. Diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in August 2019. One tumor at 4.2 cm located in inferior lobe of right lung. Four treatments with carboplatin and pemetrexed with 3 weeks between each treatment. The tumor shrunk to 3.4 cm after two treatments and to 3.2 after the second two treatments. I am scheduled to have the lobe removed this week. I only recently started using a curcumin supplement though I have been plant based and seasoning with turmeric for about 4 months. Thanks for any input you can offer.Reply
I am sorry to read of your diagnosis. Several things to consider. First and foremost, please “pre-habilitate” before your lung surgery this week. Even if you don’t have much time, eat cleanly, supplement, get exercise, sleep, etc.
Secondly, will you undergo more chemotherapy after your surgery? If so consider integrative therapies. For example, curcumin has been shown to enhance the efficacy of specific chemotherapies.
Are you considering any other therapies? What was your stage at diagnosis?
Let me know, thanks.
Thanks for reaching out, David.
Happy to hear of your success story and interested to get your thoughts. Some answers to your questions:
1) My mother was diagnosed on Sept 11 (ominous date) this year with stage 3B lung cancer
2) Initially she had an ongoing cough that several cycles of antibiotics didn’t help. Later she had traces of blood in her sputum which prompted the doctors to do scans and further testing
3) Her age is 69 and otherwise healthy. No allergies (food or otherwise), keeps reasonably active and no diabetes or heart issues. Has mild osteoporosis which I believe is common in Chinese women.
Just finished her first round of radiation therapy and chemo a few weeks ago and is in the assessment stage now. She is also set to participate in a trial for an immunotherapy treatment which will last a year. We luckily have a family friend who is very well regarded in the field of lung cancer research and was strongly recommended by her to participate in this trial.
I will be direct. Conventional oncology defines NSCLC stage 3B as having metastasized throughout your mom’s body. Therefore if you pursue conventional therapies your mom’s prognosis for 5 year survival rate is 5%. Nothing that conventional oncology offers is curative. My guess is that the antibiotics delayed a diagnosis of the cancer. Conventional oncology’s method of treatment will be a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. If you pursue these two modalities aggressively then your mom may experience a low quality of life.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that if your mom qualifies for the immunotherapy trial she should go for it. While those newer chemotherapies are expensive and do bring side effects, if she responds then her five year overall survival odds may improve.
No matter what conventional therapies your mom pursues I encourage you/her to also pursue anti-cancer antioxidant supplementation, anti-cancer nutrition, frequent, moderate exercise, in short, any and all lifestyle therapies to enhance your mom’s quality of life for as long as possible.
When I mention antioxidant nutritional supplements I am talking about those supplements that have shown through studies to be cytotoxic to cancer and or to enhance the efficacy of her chemotherapy. As a for instance, a supplement called curcumin enhances the efficacy of platinum based chemotherapies.
In short, I would throw everything you can at stage 3B NSCLC.
If you would like to know more about integrative therapies (supplementation to enhance chemo and or radiation) I will need to know what chemotherapy your mom may be taking to determine what supplements you need. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions.
hang in there,
ps- for the record, my cancer, multiple myeloma, is considered to be incurable. My onc. told me I was terminal in ’97. I tried a quack therapy and it worked…
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