Jul 16, 2013 - 3:22 pm
Post the completion of my chemo and internal radiation therapy i had an appointment with my naturopath with extended oncology training. I thought i would share the information she provided along with the testing she has done and treatment we are starting
little background - diagnosed 11/2012 with Uterine Cancer. 12/12/12 had total hysterectomy. I was originallydiagnosed as Stage 1A MMT by local hospital/cancer center in Hartford Ct. Second opininon was optained from Dana Farber in Boston Mass. They redid the pathology twice as they had a change in diagnois and disagreed that it was MMT. They came to the conclusion it was just a carcinoma, grade 3. Given the difference in opinions we went to Memorial Sloan for a third opinion.tie breaker. They didn't know the difference and agreed with Dana Farber. So the diagnosis was changed from MMT to grade 3 Carcinoma. I was told by my oncologist that MMT is very difficult to diagnose as it is an opinion in the reading of stained slides. Morale of this second and sometimes third opinions count
Similar to others i had 6 rounds of chemo - Carbo/Taxol. and 3 internal brachterapy treatments
From meetings with my naturopath during treatment we agreed that the first course of testing will be to review my immune system and see the state of mine personally and see what might have broken down and what we need to work on. This is what we tested (i am reading the titles form the blood test results as i can't read the writing on the order for blood work):
Natural Killer Cells
Natural Killer Cells: Lymphocytes, Absolute
Natural Killer Cells CD3-CD16+CD56+ (ABS)
Natural Killer Cells CD3-/CD16+CD56
UREA Nitrogen (BUN)
Lymphocyte subset Panel 4
%CD4 (helper cells)
Absolute CD4+ Cells
% CD8 (suppressor T cells
Absolute CD8+ cells
Vascular Endothelial growth factor (BEGF)
Inerleukin 2 (IL-2)
Interleukin 6, Highly sensitie, Elisa
other misc tests for just normal nutrients, ie sodium, potassium
Basically the above testing is to identify what my killer/helper cell levela and ratios are. Mine were low, which could be from the chemo. Good news as the ratio was good even though low. The goal is to work on getting them into the normal range.
The other testing VEGF testing is ment to test the bodies work on creating blood vessels. If this is high or increases over time according to my naturopath this is a great very early marker that the body is starting to feed a tumor somewhere's. She said we will watch this on the same time frame as oncology visits (ie 3 mnth intervals to 6 mnth intervals, etc..) if we see a change we will immediately bring this to the oncologist for further testing. very intersting test. I did ask why the medical profession didn't do this and she had no answer. Myabe others have their oncologist do this testing
Vitamin D was low which others have found as well.
What she gave me for now:
· Vitamin D3 6,000 IU daily (1 Tabliet)
· Vital Nutrients Minimal and Essential multi vitamin – 1 daily
· Allergy ResearchGroup – Bone Marrow Beef/Natural Glandular - has Bone Marrow (Bovine, Lyophilized 500 mg ) – 1 daily (this is due to my white blood counts still low after the last chemo)
· Metagenics – ImmuCore, contains vitamin C 333mg, Vitamin D 333IU Niacin 26mg, Zinc 5mg, Selenium 67 mcg, Oleanolic Acit 60mg, proprietary 10:1 water extract of Reishi, Shitake, Fu-Ling, Turkey tail mushroom, oyster mushroom, Maitake – 217 mg. The Naturopath said she has had great results witth this
· 1 dropper full (equals 30 drops) daily of liquid Panax, ginseng, tumeric, for the immune and they have seed great results on this
As far as foods and diets. At all my meetings with the Naturopath this is what she has shared:
"everyone has an opinion on what diet is magical and many are out there to find the magical cure" what is important is to be mindful of what you eat and be smart. This is a summary of smart:
in summary treat your body as well as you would treat your car
Exercise - get as much as practical as it helps with the immune system/strength. be active as it helps with stress as well.
Positive attitude is very important as our bodies and immune system takes cues from this.
I have a follow up appointment 8/9 and can let you know what is next.
let me know if this is helpful and if there is anything i can squeeze in as a question at this follow up appt