risto wrote: , the CT scan showed significant disease progression, and metastasis into new areas. It also showed pleural effusion and ascites. She had thoracentesis, where they drained 1.5L of fluid from her chest, and at least that has helped with her shortness of breath... However her AST/ALT are too high (~700/1000) for them to do it just yet. They thought this might be caused by tumor partially blocking a blood vessel in the liver ...ruled out by ultrasound testing. If it had been that, at least they could have put in a stent to open the blood flow and prevent further liver injury. Instead, they initiated a course of acetylcysteine, but I wonder if this is just a shot in the dark or whether it will do anything...
In natural medicine, a number of nutrients have been used to recover liver function, such as N-acetylcysteine, alpha lipoic acid, silymarin, menatetrenone (human K2), ascorbates (C), coQ10, selenium methylcysteine, carnitines, zinc carnosine. The online discussions of Burton Berkson PhD-MD were most useful to me.
IV vitamin C has (pre)cautions for its use with edma and ascites, potential for contraindications, but IV vitamin C has
been used to clear edma and ascites cases. IV vitamin C has been used to improve both 5FU and gemacitabine cancer treatment results. I would consult the Riordan Clinic, initially free Q&As on their 800 conference calls on IV vitamin C.
A significant portion of these nutraceuticals have reported cancer inhibiting properties or uses in the right dose and combinations. We've used them all in the earlier years, from pre-op preparation alone, to in combination with oral chemo, cimetidine and celecoxib. Some combinations have various degrees of Kras fighting ability.