Roscoe Douglas wrote:Roscoe Douglas,
I was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer at age 67. The treatment offered was Chemo only. The Liver mets were supposed to kill me in 6 months without chemo. I refused Chemo and started on the Budwig diet.
When I first learned about proton therapy in Nov 2015, I called most of the Proton centers on the east coast, and they would not treat liver metastasis. Dr Yang at Loma Linda accepted me as a patient, and in Dec 2015 after 3 days of treatment on each tumor, the liver tumors were gone.
My colon tumor was removed robotically by Dr Conforti in Jan 2016 in Macon Ga,
In Feb 2016, a tumor around the aorta was treated with Proton therapy.
Proton treatment on 7 tumors began on August 15th and continued until Sept 28th 2016. One aorta tumor and 6 lung tumors.
In Nov 2016 Dr Yang found 20 more lung tumors and told me that I should get my affairs in order, that he felt that I had less than 6 months to live. He scheduled a follow up visit for Mar 2017 if I was able to fly.
I felt fine, and on Feb 18 2017, I had a Poppy 69 + Lola 1 = 70 birthday party. Lola is my youngest granddaughter who was born on my birthday Feb19th, 2016. I organized a walk run, and completed my 140th marathon that day.
Feb and March 2017, I returned to Loma Linda and Dr Yang treated 5 more lung tumors.
Returned to Loma Linda Aug 1st, and Dr Yang is treating 9 more lung tumors with Proton therapy. He grouped the tumors into groups of 5, 2 and 2. He is doing treatments for 10 minutes per day for 3 days on each group. I have at least 2 more lung tumors that he will treat in Feb 2018, may be more if others have grown by then.
I continue to do the Budwig diet, and take several vitamins and drink Pomegranate juice each day.
I believe that friends and family praying for me has been a big factor in my survival so far. I lot of people have asked me how I can have a positive attitude with terminal cancer. The answer is that I am not afraid to die. I know Jesus, and as a Christian, death is just a Change Of Address.
chrissyrice wrote:What would be the process I should do in order to be referred from Emory in Atlanta to MD Anderson for proton therapy?
Emory Winship will not have their new machine in operation until late 2018.
I have been dx with another recurrence to my para aortic verge involves 50% of the iliac artery again.
Also mri shows that I have concerning brain lesions.
Emory is not wanting to operate as in 2015...they can only offer Xeloda and radiation therapy 5 days a week for 25 to 30 treatments.
I am not comfortable with the plan and I know that proton therapy would be a much better outcome.
My QOL has been good and I am MSS and Wild Type KRAS, NRAS,and BRAF too.
I am able to travel and your post has given me back hope...otherwise I am game over.
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