Age and fragility are certainly issues for chemo and radiation therapies. The question is, are there lower impact options that can deliver good performance?
The answer is yes. This is part of why we chose nonstandardized, less onerous options, based more on specialized papers, and some extra bloodwork. Often times, a little extra blood or tissue work helps estimate particular possibilities, to see problems/opportunities, and fix them before they snowball.
What if some stage 2 or 3 patients could skip oxaliplatin or radiation with better longevity
, particularly those who were "fated" by common biomarker(s) to recur after primary adjuvant (chemo) treatment ? This was provocatively demonstrated over 15 years ago, yet only crickets answered in the US. (Japanese research did more.) We are one of the few (only?) to take advantage of this situation yet the preliminary investment and risk were some extra blood tests, a 10 cent drug on a target, and some high
potency supplements. For 6+ bonus
Anyway, our first steps are these:
1. extra initial blood tests
, these are most useful and sensitive starting near diagnosis or before
the first major treatment
2. read these articles, mostly in the first 24 hrs: Life Extension Foundation's intro to CRC
, cancer surgery
, Beyond colonscopy
, Preventing surgery induced metastasis
3. Add some mild drugs and targeted, extra potent supplements e.g. LEF
recommendations; most of our initial load 2010
You are early enough after diagnosis to get some extra chances and serious advantages if you do some reading and take a few proactive steps today and this week
. With thanks to OSM (she has several several posts
that are valuable to read).
People often get bogged down between reading, thinking, hoping, worrying, lobbing a few random pills, being derailed by social slights (e.g. dr snickers), and lack of cooperation. After enough thought (or bs), we do it. e.g. simply pick up the phone and call a blood lab ourselves; take the pills. My wife caught the most important train(s) of her life, sometimes just barely in time.