These were primarily case studies, but there was no information about how the patient managed to survive their cancer (myeloma)…
One of the most important things for multiple myeloma survivors to understand is that there are LOTS of end-stage cancer patients who are alive and well, in complete remission and my be cured of their cancer.
The most important thing for myeloma patients and survivors to remember is that a MM survivor can achieve a radical multiple myeloma remission and can live with MM for more than 25 years. I have anyway.
After four years of aggressive conventional multiple myeloma therapy, remission, relapse, remission, relapse, I was told I was end-stage. Back in September of 1997. I went from end-stage myeloma to complete remission in 17 months. That is what I consider a radical multiple myeloma remission.
I consider myself to be in complete remission. I’m afraid to tell people that I am cured…
The book Radical Remissions... by Dr. Kelly Turner documents many, many more general stage 4 cancer remissions. For the record, multiple myeloma staging only goes up to III (three), not to IV (four). I was end-stage when I reached MM stage III.
Chugging away on an elliptical machine one morning at my health club I happened to see an episode of The Dr. Oz Show when Dr. Oz interviewed a conventional oncologist about a subject that I had wondered about for years.
“Spontaneous remission” is the term that is usually applied to a cancer patient who defies the conventional oncological survival statistics by a wide margin. The term is usually used in a dismissive fashion as if to imply that there is always a one in a million chance that a cancer patient’s body may eliminate his/her cancer.
Dr. Kelly Turner researched and wrote a book called Radical Remissions that studies the issue. I have excerpted an interview with Dr. Turner about her book below.
Earlier this month I blogged about Spirituality and religion for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers- as one of the one of the 9 factors common to most of the patients who experience radical remissions. Since reaching complete remission from my MM in early 1999, I too have become more spiritual.
Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incredibly complicated blood cancer. Conventional oncology has gotten pretty good at putting the newly diagnosed MMers into remission. Unfortunately, all MMers relapse eventually and face MDR aka multi-drug resistence. If a MMer follows only conventional therapies, your future will not be bright.
I encourage you to read about “Radical Remissions” and then learn about both conventional (FDA) MM therapies as well as evidence-based, non-conventional MM therapies.
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“These individuals, sometimes called exceptional patients, have begun to attract the attention of researchers who are interested in what, if anything, they are doing to heal themselves of incurable diseases or to improve their chances of being cured…
In the course of her research, Dr. Turner identified more than 75 different healing factors that patients used to help heal themselves. Of these, 9 stood out and were used by almost all of the survivors. These key healing factors involved body, mind, and spirit interventions…
She came across her first case of radical remission about 10 years ago when she was working as a counselor at a major cancer center. Intrigued, she conducted a quick search of the medical literature and was surprised to find there were more 1000 cases reported in medical journals. “I wondered why none of the physicians I worked with had ever mentioned these,” she said.
These were primarily case studies, but there was no information about how the patient managed to survive, she noted. “No one had asked the patients what they had done to heal,” Dr. Turner explained…
Dr. Turner studied 3 categories of cancer patients:
- those who healed from their disease without the use of any standard/conventional medicine;
- those who were treated with standard therapy and, when it failed to work, tried other treatments that did help;
those who used conventional and alternative medicine at the same time to overcome a very serious prognosis (i.e., any cancer that has a 5-year survival rate below 25%, such as advanced lung or pancreatic cancer).
The nine radical remission factors:
Although the cancer patients she analyzed used a number of strategies, there were 9 factors common to most of the patients…
- The patients radically changed their diets,
- took control of their health,
- followed their intuition,
- used herbs and supplements,
- released suppressed emotions,
- increased positive emotions,
- embraced social support,
- deepened their spiritual connection,
- and had strong reasons for living.
Dr. Turner went to great lengths to clarify the difference between giving “false hope” by studying radical remissions versus offering information about therapies beyond the scope of conventional oncology. Simply because conventional oncology considers your cancer beyond hope, it doesn’t mean that there is no hope for you.
“Knowing your cancer will likely not be cured, but rather managed, is a challenging concept for many patients to grasp. A new program is designed to help patients with advanced disease address profound existential and spiritual challenges they may experience.”
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