Nov 07, 2009 - 10:19 am
Next week I am due for my first MRI after treatment for stage 2 Nasopharyngeal cancer (T2-N0-M0). I had 30 IMRT sessions followed by 3 Cyberknife sessions with concurrent Cisplatin (3 doses) which ended on July 1 2009. I didn't receive any adjuvant chemo. Recently, I have started becoming anxious that cancer has returned to my body. I have not been able to put on much weight since treatment ended (I was 155 lbs b4 treatment, came out with 135 lbs after treatment and have been around 140 lbs for the last 4 months). I have been eating alright, appetite is good but still lack energy and feel cold when nobody around me does. Recently, I began to feel congested at night, especially in my right nostril where the original tumor had been. I also feel like getting a rush of mucous after meals, especially if I eat something sweet (even fruit, which I rarely do nowadays) or eat a a big meal. The mucous is yellowish in the morning. These are the symptoms that bother me and make me feel that I still have the beast in me. Would like to know if any of you have experienced similar symptoms.
Aside from the above, I have started thinking about alternative treatments. I have found several leads on the web that indicate that curcumin, an ingredient found in turmeric, may have anti-cancer properties. One article even mentions its positive effects on SSC cells. Turmeric is a yellow colored spice used commonly in curry in South Asian cuisine. On the web you can find many ways / doses for taking curcumin. I am not sure what's the right dose. Turmeric is rather cheap (you can find plenty of it in Indian/Pakistani stores) and easy to swallow, I don't wanna buy expensive capsules being promoted by their makers when the natural thing can do the trick. Also, I don't know if large doses of it may have any adverse effects. Anyway, my plan for now is to take some (?) amount of turmeric dissolved in water everyday, stay away from sweets (even fruit) and foods with simple sugars that quickly raise your blood sugar, try not to eat big meals ;) and hope for the best. Please find some links on curcumin below: