I believe I am still doing well. I am feeling great. Bone scan and markers happening next month so when I have results I will share. Meanwhile this worksheet project and a couple of these groups have been something I have contributed to over the past few years and I wanted to make sure these resources are here for anyone with breast cancer now reading this.
The Breast Cancer Pathways worksheet project began in early 2019 as a collaboration between myself and,Maria Wessling Bachteal.With help from members of our Facebook group, we have dedicated countless hours searching for and organizing breast-cancer-specific laboratory and clinical research that is accessible in the public domain.
It is basically a systematic framework for breast cancer survivors and their clinicians to help organize their current protocol of off-label drugs and supplements based on a summary of available evidence.
The worksheet is meant to be informational and is meant to enhance, not replace, standard-of-care (SOC) and or integrative oncology protocols.
Please support the development of the worksheet project by sharing your own research finds in the Breast Cancer Pathways study group with hashtags/post topics that match the worksheet segments/pages.
HER2+ Breast Cancer – Integrative Protocolsfacebook groupwith Maria is not a typical HER2+ support group, but a HER2+ INFORMATION SHARE group. “We have a base understanding of integrative cancer care from many helpful books and online resources—and understand the role we can play in steering our own HER2+ cancer navigation ship”. In order to join this private HER2+ group you will need to send Maria a friend request and a private message telling her that you or your loved one has a HER2+ breast cancer diagnosis.
The healing cancer study support group‘s A-Z directory is helpful in that it takes existing group members directly to a thread of information on the same topic within the Facebook group. Existing conversation threads are the best place to read and ask your questions regarding the worksheet.
Join and participate in these online communities to learn all you can. Please be sure to search the group for keywords that could answer your questions. Take your time and take notes before posting your questions. Many questions have already been asked and answered to some degree. Start with a search before a new post.
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Nov 2020 1st CTCResults: 10 ml of blood 3.3 CTC/ml incl 1 cluster. Specimen contained single CTC (n= 16), and one cluster of CTC-like cells with 17 nuclei (n=17), total CTC (n=33), suggesting some residual disease activity. The background shows mild to moderate numbers of immune cells and occasional fungal elements. The CTC count is consistent with a mild to moderate increased risk of tumour progression or relapse.
I am thinking this is not too bad. Still room for improvement (especially re. fungal elements) but really great news worth celebrating. I will continue to pause the Zoladex for now and keep up with immune system and anti-inflammatory focus while pulsing the pathways inhibitors.
March 2022 note: I did end up stopping the Zolodex all together – did not go back to it and have continued with Melatonin which is now 60mg a night and every now and then I will pause it for 5 days and then re-start. My tumor markers remain the lowest of all time and all labs are looking really good. White blood cells were terribly low for years but have come back up to the normal range in past few months. I am living a very active pain-free life, practicing Qi Gong and working as a mental health outreach support worker. Having bone scans once a year and next one due in early May 2022.
Many women who read this blog have a similar diagnosis to me and write to ask me about what I take each day in regards to my bones mets . Here’s my bone healing list of supplements and studies. None are strictly ‘bone only’ and all have multiple anti-cancer targets. In early 2023 for ease when updating I have moved my bone met healing research notes to the new parent site: My Healing Community.
You can now find my bone met healing research notes here.
Great news NO evidence of active disease on my latest PET. I’m into the 8th month now of my break from the Zoladex. My next test will be a circulating tumor cell (CTC) test. Still taking all my breast cancer pathway inhibitors each day. Spending more time away from the breast cancer research and never ending spreadsheets. I am enjoying spending time each day supporting others with their healing thoughts and emotions and looking after the now 10k member strong healing cancer study support group.
I’ve been taking many of the same things I was taking back in June. The dosages have got a bit smaller perhaps on some of the herbs and tincture and lately I have increased my Omega-3 and Olive Leaf Extract. Here’s a list of what I’ve taking the past few months (and the olive leaf extract, Vit B3 and a Methylated B mix is missing from the list-sorry): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pz2JmB7eT3Tm5H5TZ-a_R2tkLSRI0OLJ/view?usp=sharing
I had a super long yarn with the very lovely Trish Waipouri about my breast cancer journey last week. Trish has been interviewing women with breast cancer as a part of breast cancer awareness month. It’s now up on YouTube. Sorry, it is such long conversation. If you are interested, perhaps bookmark it and listen to it over 3 nights of doing the dishes or something 🙂 I am looking forward to watching more of Trish’s interviews and Trish’s own story about her healing journey.
I played this back today and heard myself say that I was taking 2 x 500g liposomal curcumin capsules 3 times each day however that was not correct. I took 2 x 500mg 3 times a day yes, mg not grams!
for regulation of WNT signalling, which induces bone metastases in breast cancer, I take
Aspirin: as mentioned previously. Dipyridamole:as mentioned previously. Vitamin D3: 5000IU at breakfast taken with 90mcg Vit-K2 Tocotrienols: Delta fraction 250mg with breakfast as previously mentioned
for Interleukins which are linked to progression in breast cancer I am already taking
Aspirin: as mentioned previously
for PPAR I am taking
whichdoesn’t contribute to early stages of Breast Cancer but does contribute to fatty acid oxidation used by cancer in later stages to spread to other organs.
Citrus Bergamot: as mentioned previously Berberine: as mentioned previously Omega-3: In daily diet of chia seeds, walnuts, mackerel, and the cod liver oil mentioned below. Vit -A: 600mg quality refridgerated Cod Liver oil with lunch. Vit-D3: as mentioned previously. Omega -7: 450mg Sea Buckthorn Oil with lunch daily.
Pro-biotic: weekly Sauerkraut: tablespoon each day with meal Raw cacao powder: tablespoon in my breakfast each day.
Milk Thistle: as mentioned previously. Sunflower Lecithin Liposomal Vitamin C each day as mentioned previously. Food: Fresh Lemon Juice, Green Apple and Spirulina with Chia with Ginger Powder for my first breakfast.
Valaciclovir or Valtrex: Was on 500mg x 1 with lunch, then moved down to 200mg a day..Now on 200mg or 500mg a lot less often.
A whole day’s meds and supps: Current as of June 23rd 2019
1 x capsule Milk Thistle available online at i-herb.com
There appears to be many studies on Pubmed suggesting that silymarin from Milk Thistle may exert a strong anticarcinogenic effect against many types of cancer, including breast cancer. It also and anti-oxidant and protects the liver and kidneys. Anticarcinogenic effect of a flavonoid antioxidant, silymarin, in human breast cancer cells MDA-MB 468: induction of G1 arrest through an increase in Cip1/p21 concomitant with a decrease in kinase activity of cyclin-dependent kinases and associated cycli… | Clinical Cancer Research
The mechanisms of anti-cancer activity of tocopherols 1) inhibition of ER (2) increasing peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ (PPARγ) expression and activity, (3) induction of Nrf2, (4) antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities, and (5) induction of apoptosis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257724/
6 x Curcumin 500mg (2 at beginning of each main meal)
being Curcumin Phytosome with Meriva 500mg I swallow with Tulsi tea for Ursolic Acid Brand: Jarrow Formulas available online at i-herb.com I swallow my curcumin capsules with Tulsi tea in which I’ve dissolved my Hu Zang for the ursolic acid / resv / curc combo effect. Metabolic Pathway inhibitor: Glutamine/Glutaminolysis
A combination of ursolic acid and resveratrol or ursolic acid and curcumin prevents glutamine uptake by the cancer cell.
Ursolic Acid (1- 2 cups at beginning & end of lunc and dinner)
being in Tulsi Tea (aka Holy Basil Tea) available online at i-herb.com I swallow my Curcumin capsules (see above) with 150ml of the strong Tulsi tea Brand: I buy organic loose tea leaves in bulk online and drink with each meal. I will mix my other herbs and ginger in it too.
Brand: I buy organic green tea teabags online at i-herb.com Jane’s book says: “EGCG reduces angiogenesis and inhibitors of glutamate dehydrogenase (GHD), a precursor of glutamine (an amino acid), the other key nutrient cancer uses with glucose to fuel its growth. (so…it’s in my map under Glutamine/Glutaminolysis)” Mclelland, Jane. How to Starve Cancer …without starving yourself: The Discovery of a Metabolic Cocktail That Could Transform the Lives of Millions . Conscious Dreams Publishing. Kindle Edition. More on this.. https://www.nature.com/articles/18793
5g x Polygonum Cuspidatum Powder Extract in tulsi tea with dinner.
Not a completely safe option for homrone driven cancers:
A better coice to look into for inhibiting PP pathway is D-Mannose
being whole of Japanese Knotweed AKA Chinese herb Hu Zang powder 500mg dissolved in water and drunk. Metabolic Pathway inhibitors: Pentose Phosphate (P P Pathway) and likely more too. *Warning: not a safe supplement for “everyone” with breast cancer.. until you read this and your doctor agrees that it is not going to cause you harm in regards to estrogen do NOT take it:
Walking a Tightrope: A Perspective of Resveratrol Effects on Brea…: Ingenta Connect
A minimum of 6g of Ascorbic Acid from 35ml Liposomal Vitamin C
(around 4pm and again after dinner or even more often during the day if there are sick people about..e.g like this time of year in Australia) Australian made pure liposomal Vitamin C without alcohol or soy. I not only take this but I have been making it to order for others living in Australia since 2017. www.highdosevitaminc.com.au
LipoNaturals make another very good Liposomal Vitain C that is free from nasties and it is available online at i-herb.com.
1/2 teaspoon x Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng) mixed in evening tulsi tea.
being Ashwagandha powder from online herb supplier austral herbs, mixed into my herbal tea one time each day. Ashwgandha is aloso available online at i-herb.com.
120 -180mg of ( super high dose pure) Melatonin about an hour or so before bed.
I worked my way up to this high dose at 10mg at a time usng the now foods 10mg from iherb only after working my way up to 10mg with the smaller dose capsules. My 60mg pure Melatonin capsules are bought online from perfect vitamin however I wish to start buying the powder form pure bulk and making my own capsules to save money.
Watch this great presentation by Dr. Frank Shallenberger, the president of the American Ozone Therapy Association. Learn how pure Melatonin is being used in high doses with stage 4 cancer patients alongside inulin potentiated chemo therpay and ozone therapy here.
Zolodex Implant 1 x monthly I am also in a state of chemically induced menopause from a GnRH Analogue called Goserlin
brand name: Zolodex (3.6mg implant)
Prescribed by my oncologist and given to me by my GP’s nurse once a month. This drug inhibits my ovaries from creating hormones.
To save you time, I have placed many or all the items listed above that are available online at iherb.com in an iherb.com shopping basket. You can change the currency from my currency to yours at the top of the iherb page and you can then delete items you already own and have at home from this complete basket. This is the link to the view of the shopping basket : iherb basket
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Jan 2019 Celebrating: learning, co-operation, support & flow My (Australian) GP approved my use of Dipyridamole yesterday. The chemist will be able to fulfill prescription next week. I will start with 100mg each day for a week and build up to 200mg each day of a slow release tablet.
I have been researching the power of Dipyridamole to inhibit the spread of cancer since I first learnt about it in Jane McLelland’s, How to Starve Cancer book. Along with Glucosamine Sulphate, Mebendazole & Aspirin, this Dipyridamole will seal the deal when it comes to stopping the release of growth factors/enzymes (VEGF’s & MMP’s) that break down the extracellular matrix and could allow my cancer to spread and grow.
I will just need to keep an eye on my blood pressure levels and make sure it does not get too low. The out of pocket cost is very low, but I will report back when I pick up the script next week.
I can’t recommend Jane McLelland’s book highly enough. “How to starve cancer without starving yourself”. I’ve heard the paper version is out of stock currently but I highly recommend the Kindle version for easy note taking, high-lighting cross-referencing and further online researching. https://www.amazon.com.au/Starve-Cancer-without-starving-yourself-ebook/dp/B07B2XMLT9
I recently started utilizing the information in the book titled
“How to Starve Cancer without Starving Yourself” by Jane McLelland
and the “McLelland Metro Map” which is explained within the book.
My hope is that this year’s blog entries will provide information to the people that are supporting me, in understanding exactly what it is I’m doing in an attempt to heal myself.
I also hope that the order and accessibility of the information on this site supports anyone walking alongside me on their own healing journeys.
Nothing written here on this site should be perceived as medical advice.
To learn more about my private online healing cancer study support group and resources website. Please visit my healing community’s home base and resources page: www.myhealingcommunity.com/resources
Feb 2019 Celebrating: learning, integration & vitality
I feel as if I’m now fully embarking on a new leg of my cancer healing journey. I am currently still diagnosed with ‘stable’ stage 4 breast cancer ( which spread to bones in 2017).
I believe that living with cancer stem cells in my bones, even in a state of stability or non-progression, is NOT the future that I want for myself, or anyone else. We can do better!
“The ultimate life hack” is the how one of my friends with breast cancer describes the book by Jane McLelland that explains how to target cancer stem cells with affordable re-purposed medications and herbs.
Book Title: How to Starve cancer without Starving Yourself by Jane McLelland
There is a mountain of valuable information in the book that I have had to extract and personalize in order to present it to the people who are supporting me, such as my doctors, my friends and my family. I also imagine that many other people who are currently taking this approach or about to take on this approach might be interested in reading these notes too.
If this is your journey as much as it is mine, I encourage you to follow this blog and keep up to date with my progress and any changes I make along the way…and buy the book.
Once you have the book please join my private Facebook “Healing Cancer Study Support Group” . The group will help you to join in conversations with others who are figuring all this out alongside me. You can invite your friends to the group too via the ‘invite’ window on the group’s page. Update
p.s..This approach is actually designed for everyone with cancer. We are all in this together…breast, lung, colon..you name it. There will be something helpful for everyone with cancer in Jane’s book.
So this is What I’m Doing…in February 2019
Using the book.
Buy the electronic version of the book. Read the book thoroughly. Make, a strictly personal-use only, copy of the McLelland Metro Map. I had the electronic version of the book open on my i-pad and took a screen-shot of the screen. This screen-shot gets automatically saved as an image in my ‘all photos’ photo album on my i-pad.
NOTE: The McLelland Metro Map is only available (for personal use) to people who purchase the book:
Step 2) I opened the i-pad’s photo application and found the photograph of the map where I had saved it in my private photo album and then used a pen tool in the photo ‘edit’ program to ‘edit’ the screen shot image I took of the map.
Editing it involved choosing a pen tool from the tool pallet and running a green colored line under the names of drugs/medications/herbs I was able to access. And yes, of course, I could have also made a copy of the map on to paper and underlined it in pen, but for personal reasons chose to do this step on my screen.
More on purchasing the book; I highly recommend anyone interested in killing cancer stem cells buy the electronic version of the book, as it the ongoing researching, is ‘super’ easy compared to using a paperback copy. e.g when reading an electronic version of the book you can right click on any word and choose to “Search Google” for more info, or right click and choose to “search book”…wow..You can then read everything Jane wrote on that drug or topic. It saves a lot of time when you are piecing together the puzzle. You can also quickly highlight large areas and they are automatically saved to your Kindle or e-reader notes.
So this simple 2 step process above is where I started engaging with the metabolic pathways and what I could do to block them.
1) read book, copy map (for personal use only) 2) underline medications accessible to me in green.
The medications accessible to me in Australia without prescription were the first to be underlined.
These were. BERBbeing Berberine LowGIbeing the diet I was/am already on EGCG being Green Tea URS being Tulsi tea CURC being Curcumin HYDROXY being Garcinia RES being Resveratrol
Many people who I have engaged with, in the “How to Starve Cancer…” Facebook groups are taking this same, new and advanced metabolic approach to starving and killing caner stem cells, but with the help of an international oncology clinic.
Many of my fellow Facebook “How to Starve Cancer…” private group members from all over the world, are on, and/or at least considering ‘going to go on’ the Care Oncology Clinic (COC) complimentary off-label medicine protocol. The COC is based in the U.K and U.S.A and consult with patients and thier GP’s from all over the world via Skype.
As I understand it, the COC doctors will communicate with their patient’s local GP (or at least a GP in the patient’s country, about getting on board and supporting the patient with a simple yet powerful complimentary approach to their current treatment.
The COC doctors provide the patient’s GP or oncologist with the understanding and confidence required to prescribe the complimentary off-label, FDA approved medications shown below.
I believe that Care Oncology Clinic (COC) are currently (as of Jan, 2019) conducting self-funded research into this 4 drug metabolic approach to killing cancer stem cells ( all types of cancer) and are only prescribing these 4 complimentary medications (listed above) to each and every patient. I’m not doing this protocol. I may in the future.
Out of interest, I created a second personal copy of the McLelland Metro Map onto which I underlined in green just the COC prescribed medications. I compared the two maps.
I noticed right away that COC prescribed Mebendazole (MBZ) and it is not on the McLelland Metro map and so I did some more research. I discovered that it would be useful to anyone with any type of cancer, and that I could but it from the local chemist. I added it to my shopping list right away. ( I took fro 6 weeks and then stopped taking it, not because of any side effects, but thought I’d keep things simple and this one up my sleeve in case of progression)
When comparing the two maps, I did observe that the COC protocol was blocking many metro Map pathways with just a few medications. My first map showing the non-COC approach meant buying a larger quantity of meds/herbs and still there were gaps.
My personal leaning was towards the more natural herbal supps map I made first. I decided I would try to fill the map with the most natural over the counter medicines first and attempt to incorporate the COC drugs selectively if I ever needed to. That’s just who I am.
I connected with some of the people who were signed up to the COC protocol via my participation in the “How to Starve Cancer…” Facebook groups and soon discovered that many of them were taking a cocktail of cancer stem cell (CSC) metabolic pathway blockers including herbs and supplements ‘on top of’ the four main COC medications.
This led me to begin asking myself; “How many Metro Map pathways do I need to block?”
After giving this question some consideration I came to the conclusion that I would attempt to block them all and see how this felt.
This decision to BLOCK THEM ALL was based on the following:
My stage 2 diagnosis was made 5 years ago and after a mastectomy, and spell of ignorance my stage 4 diagnosis was made mid 2017 (almost 2 years ago). At this point in time I have no knowledge as to which metabolic pathways, if any, are currently up-regulated and/or which are likely to be up-regulated next. My breast cancer was last reported (Dec , 2018) to be stable, in my bones, (nowhere else) and I’m not willing to, or perhaps even able to, biopsy these bone lesions to obtain further information regarding their preferred energy sources etc..
I am sure I will in time, but for now I have no idea exactly what metabolic pathways my cancer stem cells prefer right now. So after reading the book I learnt that stage 4’s are really better off to be covering all of the pathways at once to reduce the risk of pushing the cancer to a more aggressive state. I will do that; Block them all ( or as many as I can)
The ER+ & PR+ ER- hormone receptor status of my breast cancer was reported via breast tissue biopsy when I was first diagnosed stage 2 in 2014. I had a really crap alternative GP back in 2014. It’s almost impossible to believe now, but this really crap local GP advised me, , (me being someone who got a 95% ER+ via biopsy) against taking any hormone therapy. In fact she advised me against seeing an oncologist full stop. OMG, it’s frightening to think she’s still in practice. Anyway, I am very grateful now that I have both a great integrative GP and a great oncologist. As far as my own personal hormone situation goes, I was still pre-menopausal, at the time of my secondary diagnosis (2017) and immediately awoke from my spell of ignorance placed on me by the 1st GP and went to and oncologist that started me on a monthly Goserlin (Zoladex) implant which stops my ovaries producing hormones, ( Plus I dove straight in with consistent use of high dose Vitamin C, the ketogenic diet for cancer -for at least 6 months, plus loads of ginger powder & curcumin with each meal. Please read www.healingbreastcancer.info for that leg of my journey. I didn’t know it at the time but the curcumin and high doses of vitamin C and the Zolodex were already blocking some of my cancer’s metabolic pathways. O.K, so where am I …as of February 2019?