Ladies, I've periodically posted information regarding integrative treatments and maintaining NED with diet, supplements, and lifestyle. My story wasn't very earth shattering, it seemed, because I didn't start posting until I was NED. But my prognosis was very poor, my surgery was suboptimal, and my doctor gave me less than a year. I incorporated integrative therapies during treatment and was NED in March of 2010. I work with a naturopath who put me on a Paleo style diet, prescribed various supplements, and told me I have to exercise and keep my stress level low. I've done those things and this week my CA-125 (a good indicator for me) is 1.
I've discussed my experience in many places in addition to this board. There is a quiet revolution going on on the Inspire - Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Discussion board. Many women are actually going to see naturopaths. The one I work with, who is a 20 year stage IV ovarian cancer survivor, is now booked out into February. She only sees cancer patients. She is seeing women who are NED and keeping them that way. She is seeing women who's CA-125 has not dropped during their most recent chemotherapies, and she is getting it down with Iscador (a mistletoe extract that is widely used in Germany for cancer patients), she is seeing women who were literally on their last legs and now they are having responses to their chemotherapies and are actually feeling pretty good. Although this approach is not widely accepted by the medical community, it is based on science and it is accepted by a few doctors who realize that the conventional approach is just not effective at keeping patients cancer free. Your body was compromised in the first place. Despite what some will say, THAT is why you got cancer. Those who say it is genetic or fate, just don't understand how the human body works. The study of Epigenetics has taught us that gene expression can be managed through diet and lifestyle. My naturopath is living testament that if you get your body healthy, cancer can't grow. She declined surgery and chemo 20 years ago, yet she beat back the cancer with alternatives. She still has a tumor on her liver, but it stays quiet and inactive because her body is healthy. Okay, I'm done preaching now. I am just saddened when I see how some of you suffer and worry about recurrance. There absolutely are proven things you can do to get and stay healthy.