Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in early 1994. Like all newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients, I was told that my blood cancer was incurable. I “failed” several years and countless conventional therapies reaching end-stage multiple myeloma (terminal diagnosis) in September of 1997.
My point in explaining all of the above, is that conventional oncology can get it wrong. Let me explain what I mean when I say that oncologists can “get it wrong.” I understand, I think, why conventional oncologists tell MM patients what they do. MM patients ask, and oncologists reply to questions like “how long to I have?” And organizations like the American Cancer Society publish lots of statistics about cancer in general as well as about MM. Statistics like average five year survival is useful for us patients.
The problem is that in my case and in Brittany Maynard’s case, conventional oncology got in very wrong. To tell me that I had 3-5 years and that I had failed all therapies and that “there is nothing more that we can do for you,” tells the cancer patient things that may not be true. And may lead to decisions that may be a problem if we live beyond, say, 3-5 years in my case.
Let me say that I believe that all cancer patients who want to end their own lives have the right to do so. Second, let me say that a “terminal” diagnosis is almost unbearable for the patient and his/her caregivers.
Yes, brain cancer can be both aggressive and painful. But the main reason why a terminal cancer diagnosis is difficult for a person like Brittany Maynard is that she believes that she has little alternative but to take her own life. A terminal diagnosis gives a patient no hope.
To explain to you how I’m still alive, writing blog posts on PeopleBeatingCancer, I underwent a controversial, non-toxic, non-conventional therapy called Antineoplaston Therapy (ANP) from 11/97-4/99. I went from end stage multiple myeloma to complete remission where I have remained ever since.
Conventional oncology leads cancer patients to believe that they offer curative therapies for most diagnoses. Brittany and I both learned that this is simply not true.
Personal experience and years of research have taught me that there is a lot more therapy available to MM patients that what conventional oncology offers. I’m not saying that nutrition, supplementation and/or lifestyle therapies will cure MM patients.
What I am saying is that evidence-based, non-conventional therapies such as nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies can add years to “average five year survival” statistics. MM patients owe it to themselves to learn about the spectrum of evidence-based therapies available to them.
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Brittany Maynard, who moved to Oregon when diagnosed with terminal brain cancer so she could take advantage of the state’s physician-assisted suicide law, and whose eloquence in describing her decision to do so made her the new face of the right-to-die movement, died Saturday. She was 29 years old, and her death was confirmed by People on Sunday night.”
“…Often, a patient is considered terminally ill when their estimated life expectancy is six months or less, under the assumption that the disease will run its normal course. The six-month standard is arbitrary, and best available estimates of longevity may be incorrect. Consequently, though a given patient may properly be considered terminal, this is not a guarantee that the patient will die within six months….”