I’ve met with my oncologist about 10 times and each time I do, it gets easier to walk my own path, with her there at my side. In the beginning I was very afraid that the cancer on my spine would lead to a life of much loss and pain and underwent 10 days of targeted radiation therapy. I even took their bone cement medicine for one month. That was before I woke up and realised it was for people she had convinced that there was no hope of healing their bones.
My courage developed over time and so has my healing power and energy. My hope is that one day the ideas of conventional oncology will align more with my own ideas about healing. When I read these two news stories recently I began to think that they are looking in the right direction.
Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo
Doctors hail world first as woman’s advanced breast cancer is eradicated
What conventional treatments I have agreed to continue for now?
I am 47 and I was still menstruating at the time of my secondary breast cancer diagnosis. My estrogen receptor signalling status was checked and found to be very high on the cancer cells they had biopsied. This told us that my secondary breast cancer was very easily able to access my estrogen hormone in order to grow. The majority of estrogen is produced by the ovaries and Zolodex, is used to prevent estrogen production by the ovaries.
I found the Zolodex and overnight menopause challenging at first. After a few months things improved for me and I think my meditation. Qi gong, ketogenic diet, curcumin supplements, vitamin C all helped with this part of the journey.
My oncologist originally suggested I do chemotherapy and I told her I did not want to. Nine months ago she wrote me a script for another hormone treatment Letrozole and I have not taken it. I told her that ‘as long as the cancer appears stable , (which it still was when we last checked), or even better ..’in remission’ or ‘no longer seen on the scans’ (which I foresee) then I’m not going to take any more conventional drugs or treatments’ they offer me.
Integrative Oncology is the term to describe the therapies, diets and supplements that will support you in avoiding the sickening effects of conventional cancer treatments such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy and radiation.
The latest and very well researched book to support you on this leg of the journey is this one:
Outside the Box Cancer Therapies
All the recommendations in this book are well referenced so you can show your GP or oncologist what you are considering adding to your treatment. It’s available on Kindle and paperback.
At the time of my targeted radiation therapy to my spine, I took and still take:
- high dose vitamin C in the form of IV and liposomal vitamin C
- I did coffee enemas,
- ate/drank loads of Chorella,
- drank Herb Robert tea.
- And I really dug deep with my meditation and self awareness practices that related to pain and fear of pain.
Radiation treatment did cause me to experience pain and I was very conscious at the time of the treatment that the pain felt like another wake up call. Waking me up to do my integrative and alternative therapies, mediation movements and mind-body practices every day.
The wonderful integrative oncology book I mentioned above was not released at the time so I was doing my own research online.