Naturopath now or no

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Naturopath now or no

Postby TerryC » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:10 pm

Hi CR guy,

My cancer is pretty advanced, many mets to liver and lungs. Beyond diet, is there a reason for me to sign on with a naturopath? I'm conflicted. I can see doing so, if by grace I'm healed, otherwise ... well I know it won't heal me.


4/17 Diagnosed CRC Stage IV with met. to liver 30+ tumors
4/17 - 3/18 Folfox-Avastin 23 rounds, every other week
4/17 -2/18 CEA 123 to 446 down to 5 for many months climbing slowly beginning in December to 57 ~ 2/18
3/18 Folfiri-Avastin
3/18 - 6/18 CEA dropped to 12 started climbing to now, 42.7

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Re: Naturopath now or no

Postby CRguy » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:55 pm

Hoping others will also weigh in here.

JMO I would want an integrative medical professional working as part of a team
i.e. not either / or
these can be hard to find but as long as your team can work together
in YOUR best interest, I would say consider it.

BTW I moved your post here to give you your own current topic. The topic you found and posted into was quite old,
out of date and shall I say ....."feisty" :shock:

You will get a better discussion here, than there.

Best wishes on the Journey
Caregiver x 4
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
12 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

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Re: Naturopath now or no

Postby Beccaschocked » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:20 pm

I work with an integrative oncologist and have found her to be an incredible resource and member of my medical team. She worked hard to mitigate side effects and help efficacy while I was on chemo. My doctors were all floored with how well I responded to and endured chemo.

I did have a recurrence (or rather a lung nodule that hadn’t grown for 2 years began to grow) while taking a “supplement vacation”. This could have been a coincidence, but I have a feeling the cocktail she has me on helped prevent the cancer from progressing (I was completely off chemo for 1.5 years at the time the nodule began to grow).

Currently, we are working on keeping cancer away with research based diet, supplement, and lifestyle. All of these things are catered to me personally based on comprehensive blood tests.

My naturopathic/integrative oncologist has never promised to cure me (she hasn’t said it’s impossible either), she does however have an excellent record with extending lives by years, and adding to the quality of life during treatment.

While investing in her expertise is expensive, and following the protocols grueling at times, I couldn’t imagine my fight without her guidance. Money and time well spent from my perspective.
Dx @ 32, mom to 6 week old and 2 year old (now 3 & 5)
3/2015 stage IV colon cancer Mets to liver. CEA > 8,000.
4/2015- June 15; 3 infusions folfoxiri +avastin, 4 infusions folfox
7/2015 colon & liver resection followed by 6 infusions of folfiri
1/2016-5/2017 NED (5mm lung nodule stable)
10/2017- growing lung nodule 12mm from 5mm-Confirmed recurrence - CEA 2.5
11/2017- lobectomy- no chemo
1/2018- CT & PET back to NED. CEA 1.3; 1.4; 1.2; 1.2.; 1.0; 1.1; 1.1
7/2018 & 1/2019 Clear scan NED

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