This is my own personal plan, worked out with the help of a number of doctors and natural health practitioners. It is here to provide an idea of what a simple complementary treatment plan might look like. All patients are different, and anyone wanting to adopt a complementary treatment plan for cancer or any other illness should consult a suitably qualified practitioner. Please read our disclaimer.
My personal background to this plan is a good wholefood vegetarian diet, high in vegetables, together with daily exercise, and a largely stress-free lifestyle. I drink decaffeinated green or regular tea throughout the day, sometimes with lemongrass, as my usual drink.
The plan has gone through various modifications, and what follows is the status in April 2012. For a few months after surgery and at the start of chemotherapy, I took 1/2 bottle (8 fl oz) of CellQuest in the mid-afternoon, with added honey to make it more palatable. Ideally, the dose is 1 bottle per day, but I found it too unpalatable to take twice a day. They say that some people like the flavor, so try it for yourself. I stopped taking the CellQuest in January 2006. I found it too distasteful. I don’t know whether it was beneficial or not. For about nine months after surgery, I also took FruitForce and Salvestrol Gold from Nature’s Defence.
Since June 2006, in response to a slight rise above normal of a blood antigen marker (CEA), which may have indicated cancer cell activity despite a negative colonoscopy and negative PET and CT scans, I have eliminated dairy products almost entirely, and have reduced sugar intake – already low, and omitting all refined sugar and carbohydrates – to a minimum. For three months following the increased CEA levels, I took Carctol and PawPaw Cell Reg, followed by two months on ImuPlus.
In case it is of interest to anyone, my CEA level rose from 1.8 the day after surgery (August 2005) to 3.1 at the end of chemotherapy six months later (February 2006). It then rose to 4.2 in May, and 5.6 in June. After that, it oscillated between 4.3 and 5.1 until August, then fell to around 4.0 by October, finally falling to 2.85 in November. A gastroenterologist told me that in his experience, the CEA level often rises after the end of chemotherapy, and there’s nothing to worry about. The half-life clearance period of CEA from the blood is a matter of days, so the highest that the CEA could have been before surgery is around 4.0. Hardly above normal (levels can rise to 100 or more when produced by a tumor). Since not all colon cancers produce CEA, I suspect that mine is one that does not, and that my oncologist is just being ultra-cautious. These days (September 2012), it hovers at around 1.8.
5 mls of an extract of a blend of Trametes Versicolor, shiitake, maitake, cordyceps, and reishi mushrooms, in equal proportions. 1 ml of this extract is derived from 1 gm of dried extract. Some research indicates that the useful polysaccharides in the mushrooms are better absorbed when followed about ½ hour later by vitamin C. I, therefore, try to remember to take the extract about ½ hour before a meal (which includes a vitamin C supplement), but usually, forget! Since the mushroom extracts are preserved in organic vodka, I prepare the mushroom extract first thing in the morning by putting the required dose for the day into 175 mls of warm water. I leave this in a warm place for some time, so that the alcohol can evaporate off, and then drink a third of the mix ½ hour before each of my three meals. Having followed this regime for a year, I now alternate between the above five-mushroom mix for one month, followed by a pure maitake mix for a month.
A juice consisting of about ½ liter of organic carrot and apple juice (5:1) with juiced ginger root (about 1½ inches), flaxseed oil (a good dollop), a cold-pressed oil high in omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids (a good dollop), 1 rounded teaspoon of wheatgrass powder, and 1 rounded teaspoon of spirulina. Sometimes, I add a dollop of Aloe vera juice (from Higher Nature). Note that since chemotherapy can cause loose bowels, you may want to omit this.
I also add a heavy sprinkle of ground black pepper (5 to 15 mg) to the juice, to aid absorption of the beta-carotene and other vitamins. I also add the flaxseed and omega oils, the spirulina and the wheatgrass powder. I usually end up with one glass of carrot and apple juice, and another with all the other things added.
Before changing to a concentrated turmeric extract, I …