rp1954 wrote:Two other common cancer markers, AFP ("for liver cancer") and CA199 ("for pancreatic cancer"), have been elevated, or a rising series of values, for a large percentage of advanced CRC patients, as published in other countries; CA125 is not common. We have had these markers' series of measurements stay low, rise and fall separately to varied degree with CEA, which to me suggests changing biology, and treatment effects, are at work while on immunochemo. Also LDH has been useful as a rough indicator of cancer favorable conditions or metabolism, when increasing above 180 (!), for those with previous CRC diagnoses, that we thump on with chemo and IV vitamin C.
Whatever my wife's liver objects were (no biopsy), they shrank on a daily diet of oral 5FU, celecoxib and/or cimetidine, massive vitamin D3, K2, Q10, astralagus, various high strength flavonoids, beta glucans and supplements. Also after some years, an AFP trend increased 40x, then was stopped and reduced 4 fold with (re)increased IV vitamin C, D3 and K2, along with chemo and goodies. Potentially something for in between other treatments.
I am meeting with a new oncologist next week at Duke Hospital. I have been registered for a Phase II trial of a new treatment from AbbVie (ABT-165). It's a blind study, so there's a chance I'll end up in the control group taking FOLFIRI + Avastin. Even so, I responded extremely well to FOLFOX + Avastin. Made liver resection possible. So, at worse, I won't have to deal with the side effects of Oxaliplatin. Not a horrible trade-off. Would rather deal with managing "the runs" as opposed to cold sensitivity and neuropathy.
That said, I will be pushing for an integrative treatment approach. Many friends want me to avoid chemo and go with natural treatments. That's just not something I'm willing to do. Too much at stake not to throw the kitchen sink at this.
I've already began implementing dietary changes to include cancer-fighting foods. I've started a consistent habit of drinking 40-60oz of green tea each day. Now, I'd like to speak with my oncologist about introducing supplements as additional adjunct therapy.
I noticed you didn't list Curcumin in your list. I've read quite a bit about it's cancer-fighting potential. Did your wife take it at some point?