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  • RoseyR
    RoseyR Member Posts: 471
    JoAnnDK said:

    grapefruit with....
    just supplements would be okay, I would think.

    But if you get an infection and need antibiotics ask your pharmacist. My last antibiotic label said "No grapefruit and eat yogurt". I forget which drug it was.

    JOANN

    Agree--Grapefruit OK except with MEDICATIONS

    From everything I've read it seems that grapefuit is fine except with several medications.

    Even the steroids we take before chemo warn us not to take grapefruit juice within a day of taking them.

    So I agree with JoAnn--grapefruit is great but be wary when taking meds of any kind.

    Rosey
  • RoseyR
    RoseyR Member Posts: 471
    JILL, THIS IS FABULOUS!


    Thanks so much for gathering all this useful information that has been posted over the past year or two.

    It helps so MUCH to have it all in one message thread rather than having to backtrack through hundreds of subject headings to find it.

    As for the viability of studies done five or even ten years ago:

    While I agree that the more recent, the more persuasive, I'd also remind us that stellar findings, brilliant intimations, and accurate theories--that never gained adequate follow-up study, often stymied by professional rivalries, jealousies, or lack of financial profit--should not be dismissed as possible CLUES to a CURE.

    Yes, ladies, let's not be victims of "presentism"--bias against older research and theory.

    For example: I find the speculation that some forms of cancer may be merely a form of fungus worth our further investigation. I believe it was the well-informed Carolenk who said that the subject deserved its own thread.

    Appreciatively,
    Rosey
  • RoseyR
    RoseyR Member Posts: 471
    carolenk said:

    Perhaps Tethys took my
    Perhaps Tethys took my comments that were anti-man made vitamins & miscontrued that I am anti-supplement. On the contrary! I take lots of digestive aides, herbs, alpha lipoic acid, resveratrol, ginkgo, etc. I WISH I could get into remission but the best I can do is keep my tumors "quiescent" or dormant. I see the malignant cells that reside in my belly as "confused" and needing to be re-educated rather than the enemy.

    I did take B6 when I was going thru chemo but saw it more as drug therapy rather than vitamin therapy. The IV ascorbic acid that I take is so far removed from the natural vitamin C that I see that as more of a drug than a real vitamin. If the ascorbic acid really WAS vitamin C, I don't think I would bruise so easily.

    The ONLY thing that I am 100% sure of is that I have been able to mitigate many of the negative long-term effects of carboplatin by taking supplements. I think there are some other women were spared from having residual neuropathy, joint pain or whatever & they didn't even take supplements. But I have a "touchy liver" & needed all the help I could get.

    Do I take curcumin? You bet! My gall bladder was removed so I don't have to worry about biliary stasis. I think it would benefit every cancer survivor if oncologists were more open to those integrative therapies that have been shown to have merit. Perhaps that is the way of the future.

    WHY alpha-lipoic acid?

    Carolenk,

    Have read that ALA is very effective against neuropathy, but wonder if THAT is the reason you're taking it. In a Kansas U research study, many women who survived ovarian cancer longer than predicted had taken ALA.

    Thanks,
    Rosey
  • Sunnysmiles
    Sunnysmiles Member Posts: 1
    Rewriter said:

    Diet
    I am moving this thread up because a few new people on this board have asked questions about an anti-cancer diet.


    Jill

    Hello Jill,
    I have been

    Hello Jill,
    I have been following the Cancer Survivors Network for over a year now, but I confess only silently. I feel I am ready to 'join in' as even though no one here knows me I feel this close relationship to all these wonderful people that have so much to share.
    I have a question on the diet and am not sure to ask it here or to start it new.... I was advised by my oncologist and doctors that uterine papillary serous carcinoma likes estrogen and to avoid foods high in plant estrogen and phyto estrogen. (ie flax, sweet potatoe, soy) and to limit foods containing estrogens. I have researched and have found very limited info. Can anyone share any info they may have? Thanks so much!
    Tami
  • soromer
    soromer Member Posts: 130

    Hello Jill,
    I have been

    Hello Jill,
    I have been following the Cancer Survivors Network for over a year now, but I confess only silently. I feel I am ready to 'join in' as even though no one here knows me I feel this close relationship to all these wonderful people that have so much to share.
    I have a question on the diet and am not sure to ask it here or to start it new.... I was advised by my oncologist and doctors that uterine papillary serous carcinoma likes estrogen and to avoid foods high in plant estrogen and phyto estrogen. (ie flax, sweet potatoe, soy) and to limit foods containing estrogens. I have researched and have found very limited info. Can anyone share any info they may have? Thanks so much!
    Tami

    I don't have specifics about this question
    But this thread is so long, it's probably worth raising the question yourself, from scratch.
  • Fayard
    Fayard Member Posts: 438
    Rewriter said:

    Video on anti-cancer diet posted by a former board member
    This was posted a while ago, but it is a good introduction to the diet. Also, I would suggest using the search option to find more information on the anti-cancer diet. Good luck!
    I'm not sure who posted this originally, but it is pertinent to this thread:


    Incredible lecture given by Servan-Schreiber at UCSF. Discusses the studies and perspectives of why oncologists say what they say, dismissively, about diet and exercise. His arguments backed by science. A must-see!

    Natural Defenses in Preventing and Treating Cancer - UCtelevision


    (28:20 in) “…For the last 40 years, all of oncology has been focused on destroying cancer cells….We spent between 150 and 200 billion dollars on cancer research in the last 40 years and we’ve improved the median survival of metastatic cancer, which is really the only one that kills you, by 3 months….So maybe we’re not pursuing quite the right roadmap. And what [I and others are] saying…is that yes it’s great to kill cancer cells but obviously it doesn’t seem to be enough. It is important, at the same time, to strengthen the body’s ability to resist cancer by creating an inhospitable terrain to cancer growth. And you can do both at the same time. This is not about alternative medicine.”

    Gracias!
    I have almost forgotten this video. I am glad you posted the link.
  • Rewriter
    Rewriter Member Posts: 493

    Hello Jill,
    I have been

    Hello Jill,
    I have been following the Cancer Survivors Network for over a year now, but I confess only silently. I feel I am ready to 'join in' as even though no one here knows me I feel this close relationship to all these wonderful people that have so much to share.
    I have a question on the diet and am not sure to ask it here or to start it new.... I was advised by my oncologist and doctors that uterine papillary serous carcinoma likes estrogen and to avoid foods high in plant estrogen and phyto estrogen. (ie flax, sweet potatoe, soy) and to limit foods containing estrogens. I have researched and have found very limited info. Can anyone share any info they may have? Thanks so much!
    Tami

    Is UPSC affected by foods high in plant and phyto estrogen?
    Hi, Tami

    I'm so glad that you feel comfortable enough to join the discussion. These boards provide so much excellent information and are probably the best source on the web of all kinds of data on uterine papillary serous carcinoma (UPSC).

    My understanding is that UPSC is not generally affected by estrogen, although "regular" endomentrial cancer is. I am going to let other UPSC sisters chime in here, though.

    I look forward to hearing some of the details of your diagnosis and treatment. Welcome.

    Jill
  • Hilajoan
    Hilajoan Member Posts: 21
    Rewriter said:

    Anticancer Foods/Alkaline-Acid Food Charts
    There is an enormous amount of information on this board about the anticancer diet, which can be found by doing a search. Here, I have included only a portion of what is available:


    POSTED BY JILL

    Anti-Cancer Diet/Acid/Alkaline Food Charts

    Elsewhere on this board, there is plenty of information on following an anti-cancer diet. A book with that title was written by Dr. Servan-Schreiber and can be found at your local bookstore. Other books have been recommended by some of the women here and can be generally be found in threads indicating that nutrition is the topic.

    I'n not sure whether or not I have shared this link (need to cut and paste into browser), but here is a list of foods ranked according to their acidity/alkalinity. Following a diet that is mostly alkaline can reduce inflammation, which has been associated with the development of cancer and other diseases.


    http://acidalkalinediet.com/listofalkalinefoods.pdf

    Jill
    USPC, Stage 1a, diagnosed following slight post-menopausal bleeding
    Surgery May 2008, 6 rounds carboplatin/taxol, 5 brachytherapy treatments
    Treatment completed early December 2008, NED since

    POSTED BY CLAUDIA: DR. SERVAN-SCHREIBER ON YOUTUBE:



    MD Anderson is running trials using his approaches to tackling cancer. His book is Anti Cancer a new Way of Life. Your library most likely has it or it's available on amazon

    As i said, i combine infor from this and the Foods That Fight Cancer for a good overall idea of what to do.

    FROM CLAUDIA

    http://www.essense-of-life.com/moreinfo/foodcharts.htm

    Here's what i typed in google" alkaline acid chart and I picked one of the sites that showed up.

    This site had some very helpful information. Towards the bottom of the page there is some reference to whether a food is highly, moderately or slightly alkaline of acidic.

    CANCER PREFERS ACIDIC FOODS. And don't be fooled by how you think of a particular food. Lemon, after being processed by the body, becomes very alkaline, also good for your liver, which is a major detoxifyer. I don't think it menitons green tea, but while black tea is acidic, green tea tends towards alkalinity. A study, hopefully looked at green and black tea and coffe in regards to breast cancer and determined for the study that while green tea was helpful in counteracting tendency towards breast cancer, black tea drinkers tended towards more cancer and coffee drinkers were a wash. In the future I will try to always save the url with the file.

    Google is your friend.

    Of course some sites just want to sell you something. The university studies will often tell who it is that is funding their studies. Gov can sometimes have good info also.
    I'll periodically look things up and past the urls here or elswhere on the site.

    POSTED BY JAN

    A strong word of caution - SUGAR is our ENEMY. It feeds CANCER.
    Don't sabotage your future by feeding the beast. We need to starve the beast and make our bodies inhospitable (alkaline). Take heed, ladies.

    Anti-Cancer foods and book
    Thanks to Claudia and others who recommended Dr Schreiber's book - I am still reading it on my Kindle, but nearly through it. Am taking fresh Turmeric root, fresh ginger, olive oil, black pepper, green tea capsules (cannot bear the taste of it as tea) and anything and everything else recommended. I had breast cancer 11 months ago and a different endometrial cancer in November, ie. 3 months ago. A rare one, the second time, MMMT also known as Carcinosarcoma - v. little research has been done on it, so I am having NO radiation and NO chemo. Can't be a bad risk, it seems, and no worse than having the treatment with side effects. So am eating my way back to health. Thank you so much for helping. I am in London, England. Anyone who wants to contact me can on [email protected] Hope the email address doesn't disappear. In case it does, joan_edwards at btinternet.com......
  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816
    Rewriter said:

    TURMERIC/CURCUMIN
    This article was first posted by Claudia and includes her commentary. It may seem that I am including on this thread a disproportionate number of Claudia's posts; but whenever I do a search for a particular anticancer food, Claudia is the person who has posted an article about it. Thank you, Claudia!

    Again, my intention here is to include ONE thread that provides easy references to the top anticancer foods. Further information can be found by searching the board's content.

    Beginning of Claudia's comments:

    I am pasting the study here, but first i wanted to say this. Turmeric is difficult for the body to absorb true, but when taken with simple black pepper (pipperine is a component of black pepper) it's absorption rate is increased 1000 fold, or there abouts, according to some of my research. i find it absolutely astonishing that the knowledable folks at MD Anderson didn't have this information on hand prior to starting the trial. Although they are most likely better spellers than am I.

    if you take the time to read the study, you will notice that is mentions a fat capsule thingy. also during my research, it was suggested that along with the simple black pepper, a bit of olive oil would work wonders. It also mentioned heating it gently together. Wonder how long it will be for them to figure all this out.

    you remember when those studies were published years ago that said a child didn't recognize it's mother for a few months. how many of you ever believed that.

    Some times it all just gives me a headache.

    As i am reading this, i realize that they are talking about patients with PANCREATIC CANCER, one of the deadliest and quickest to kill of the cancers. not only that but they are talking about living for 2.5 years, and having the tumor shrink by 73%. This is truly astounding. And something i had not been aware of either. All this without any chemo or radiation, which is only allowed if the patient is hopelessly mostly dead.

    imagine the results they would have had had they used the black pepper and the olive oil, as has been used for thousands of years. i think they need me over there. maybe i could at least send them the book.

    Wait, i especially like the part about seeking additional funding. let's see turmeric, costs about four dollars at the grocery store and you can get it way cheaper and organic on line.

    you notice my growing frustration???????????????????????????????????????????

    When it comes to medical care me thinks we need to step back in time a bit and let the chemical companies find some other uses for their chemicals. (sorry, it just slipped out, i try to contain myself, but alas, to no avail)

    hey, if nothing else happens it seems to prevent wrinkles, i have noticed my skin looking fabby pooh of late. ; ~ )

    I'm just sayin'

    love and kisses claudia

    The results:

    Curcumin Temporarily Slows Pancreatic Cancer

    CancerWise - September 2008

    By Darcy De Leon

    Curcumin, a compound in the spice turmeric, temporarily stopped advanced pancreatic cancer growth in two patients and substantially reduced the size of a tumor in another patient, according to a small study published July 15 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

    Significance of results
    In the Phase II M. D. Anderson study of 25 patients, curcumin was given on its own without chemotherapy.

    “The effects of curcumin were encouraging,” says the study’s principal investigator, Razelle Kurzrock, M.D., chair of M. D. Anderson’s Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics (Phase I clinical trial program). “It showed activity in patients, and there were no side effects.”

    A concern before starting the study was that curcumin normally is poorly absorbed, meaning that only low levels get into the bloodstream after the capsule form has been taken by mouth.

    “Therefore, the fact that low levels of curcumin resulted in benefits in the study, even in a small number of patients, suggests that if we could find a better way to administer curcumin and get it to the tumor, we could see a greater response,” Kurzrock says.

    The fact that curcumin had any effect on patients with pancreatic cancer, which is difficult to treat successfully, is significant to Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics.

    “The results are important,” says Aggarwal, a laboratory scientist who has studied curcumin as a potential cancer-fighting agent in cancer cells and mice for nearly 20 years.

    Research methods
    Patients received 8 grams of curcumin by mouth every day for two months. Maintenance therapy was continued at the same dose and schedule until the disease progressed.

    Primary results
    Twenty-five patients were reported in the paper.

    Of those patients, curcumin resulted in:

    Prolonged stable disease: Two patients temporarily experienced no significant tumor growth; one for eight months and another patient for just over 2.5 years (an additional 12 months after the study was compiled for publication).

    Tumor regression: One patient experienced a decrease in tumor size of 73%, although the tumor grew back soon afterward.

    “Interestingly, at the time of progression, the lesions that had shrunk remained small, but other lesions grew larger,” according to the study.

    “That suggests that a resistant clone of cancer cells emerged, which is a real problem in treating cancer,” Kurzrock says.

    In addition, no side effects were observed in patients.

    Background
    Curcumin is a substance that comes from the root-bearing Curcuma longa plant, a member of the ginger family. Curcumin is an ingredient in turmeric, a spice used in foods such as curry.

    Curcumin has been studied in numerous research studies and has been found to contain potential anti-tumor abilities.

    Curcumin is used in India as a:

    Food preservative
    Coloring agent for food and textiles
    Spice (2% to 5% of turmeric is curcumin)
    Folk medicine to:
    Cleanse the body
    Heal wounds
    Prevent wrinkles
    Suppress inflammation
    Knowledge of curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties and the growing realization that cancer can result from inflammation has spurred mounting interest in the spice, Aggarwal says.

    The study was conceived and developed through a collaboration among Kurzrock, who chairs a department devoted to studies with new drugs; James Abbruzzese, M.D., chair of M. D. Anderson's Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and an expert in pancreatic cancer; and Aggarwal.

    Their work demonstrated that in laboratory and animal studies, curcumin was especially potent against pancreatic cancer.

    What’s next?
    Researchers are seeking funding for additional clinical trials using curcumin.

    “We plan to study curcumin together with other anti-cancer drugs, since combined therapy is likely to enhance results,” Kurzrock says. “In addition, we are developing a liposomal form of curcumin (curcumin packed within a fat-type capsule) that can be taken orally and travel directly through the bloodstream. Hopefully, this form will improve the ability of curcumin to reach the tumor.”

    Jill, so nice to see this thread is still finding viewers.
    Thank you so much for putting it here.

    Claudia
  • Jules13
    Jules13 Member Posts: 17
    RoseyR said:

    JILL, THIS IS FABULOUS!


    Thanks so much for gathering all this useful information that has been posted over the past year or two.

    It helps so MUCH to have it all in one message thread rather than having to backtrack through hundreds of subject headings to find it.

    As for the viability of studies done five or even ten years ago:

    While I agree that the more recent, the more persuasive, I'd also remind us that stellar findings, brilliant intimations, and accurate theories--that never gained adequate follow-up study, often stymied by professional rivalries, jealousies, or lack of financial profit--should not be dismissed as possible CLUES to a CURE.

    Yes, ladies, let's not be victims of "presentism"--bias against older research and theory.

    For example: I find the speculation that some forms of cancer may be merely a form of fungus worth our further investigation. I believe it was the well-informed Carolenk who said that the subject deserved its own thread.

    Appreciatively,
    Rosey

    Apricot Kernals
    I have been doing research for my Mom's cancer and ran across this today and felt compelled to share it. www.chrisbeatcancer.com. I though the post on apricot kernels was especially interesting. There are lots of good links and information in both the post and in the comments as well. http://chrisbeatcancer.com/b17-laetrile-alternative-cancer-treatment-suppressed-50-years/

    Best wishes and prayers of recovery and hope to you all.

    Jules
  • HellieC
    HellieC Member Posts: 524
    Jules13 said:

    Apricot Kernals
    I have been doing research for my Mom's cancer and ran across this today and felt compelled to share it. www.chrisbeatcancer.com. I though the post on apricot kernels was especially interesting. There are lots of good links and information in both the post and in the comments as well. http://chrisbeatcancer.com/b17-laetrile-alternative-cancer-treatment-suppressed-50-years/

    Best wishes and prayers of recovery and hope to you all.

    Jules

    I take B17
    Hi Jules
    I take B17 in supplement form every day (I tried the kernels but I just couldn't handle the taste at all). I researched it quite a bit and then discovered that a friend's husband, who has melanoma, was using them too. I started taking them a month after my chemo stopped (Jan 2011)gradually building up the dose. I remained on the high dose (6 x 500mg per day) for 3 months, then reduced to 4 x 500mg per day for the rest of the year. I am now taking 3 x 500mg per day. I don't believe in miracle cures for cancer. My thinking is that this supplement may help to stop cancer re-establishing itself after conventional teatments have removed all/most of the tumour burden. Time will tell - but having had two recurrences, I feel that, for me, it was a chance worth taking.
    Kindest wishes
    Helen
  • carolenk
    carolenk Member Posts: 907
    RoseyR said:

    SEVERAL THOUGHTS ON THESE RECENT POSTS

    Am back to work full time, so able to visit the boards less often.

    But am fascinated by some of these posts.

    Re fatty liver, Claudia, I know only that artichokes are supposed to be the vegetable par excellence for the liver, helping to thin bile and nourishing the organ. Even Ralph Moss's web site has an entire article about it.

    Re whether to take, or not take, supplements, I am of two minds.

    Yes, food is the BEST source of most nutrients because they occur there with phytochemicals that are synergistic. And some supplements are far purer than others; Standard Process Labs, for example, reputedly produces supplements that are not mere extracts, but substances that occur in their "whole" form. (I am impressed by the theories of Dr. Bruce West on this subject; in his newsletter "Health Alert" he claims that his mother wound up in a wheelchair from radiation to her pelvic region for uterine cancer; that this cancer soon spread to her lungs; but that she is still alive nine years later on the Mediterranean diet, Standard Process Lab supplements (including peptides that boost the performance of the thymus gland, crucial to the entire immune system).

    However, not only is much of our food supply degraded from depleted soil and other problems--so that unless we are really careful to eat primarily fresh organic foods, we are getting little sustenance-but the very digestive systems we have may well have been compromised by too much chemo and radiation, notorious for destroying the delicate tissues of the digestive tract so that, even a year or two after treatment, we do not ABSORB many nutrients.

    The latter fact is one argument, for me, that supports the use of supplements.

    Another is the fact--as reported by one of MD Anderson's key researchers, Aggarwal, that taxol is so toxic that it in itself creates an inflammatory state that causes micrometastases that show up, a few years later, and are diagnosed as evidence that our tumor has spread--rather than that taxol has HELPED it to spread. Curcumin is so suppressive of inflammation that he and other researchers recommend it be taken throughout chemotherapy to prevent this dynamic from occuring. And as Dr Jeanne Drisko (Kansas U) observes, patients who start chemo with high levels of antioxidants do better than those who are already low in antioxidants: which is why Dr. Russell Blaylock long advised HIS cancer patients to DELAY chemo and radiation for a few weeks to boster their immune systems with Vitamin E succinate, fish oil, and other supplements.

    On the subject of melatonin, Claudia and all: I have a lot of research on it that would be happy to forward. I pursued the research upon finding a few clinical studies reporting that women with UTERINE cancer, of all cancers, are at diagnosis, notoriously low in melatonin. Reading up on the subject, and with the endorsement of my integrative doctor, I took 20 mgs a night during radiation and my last three rounds of chemo. Although I rarely had had trouble sleeping, neither did I feel 'drugged" by melatonin, whose use was first sanctioned for cancer patients by the Italian researcher Lissoni (sp?) a few decades ago. (Ladies, I also hate to report that my very use of this computer at the moment may well be lowering my melatonin levels; exposure to artificial light after dark--particularly, from computer screens, fluorescent light, and so on--diminished melatonin production, as does stress, which is why meditation has recently been found to boost melatonin levels.
    Nurses who work the night shift, you may already know, suffer far higher rates of breast cancer than the female population at large--because exposure to sustained light at the very time our pineal gland should be secreting melatonin wreaks hormonal havoc. (Perhaps I'm too much the romantic, but it all makes sense: we were not MEANT to use sunscreen, which prevents Vitamin D absorption, just as we were MEANT to be asleep soon after dark--not staring into computer screens and watchig televison late into the night. (She said, while sitting in a WIFI cafe--hardly an ideal environment for a cancer patient. I saved forty dollars a month by getting rid of WIFI in my apartment because WIFI where we SLEEP is particularly hazardous. A good source on this subject is the recent book Zapped! by Ann Louise Gittleman.)

    Getting back to nutrition: I agree with Joann that we need to watch the interactions of supplements; it's true that some, such as ginger, garlic, curcumin, fish oil can have anti-clotting effects. However that effect is only dangerous if our platelets are really low (below 60), or we're about to undergo surgery, or we've already had "bleeding episodes" showing fragile platelets. One of you who is taking intravenous Vitamin C wondered why you are bruising so much: it could be the OTHER supplements you're taking, such as those I just mentioned.

    None of this is to pretend I know much about the entire elusive and underresearched field of cancer and nutrition. There will, my doctor shakes his head sadly, NEVER be adequate research in this field because the financial rewards are so few: no company will get rich on the discovery that Vitamin E succinate does enhance chemo or that fish oil does enhance our resistance to certain cancers. If he's right (and I hope he's not), we have to do the best we can to ferret out what we can.

    As I noted in an earlier post, I'm now very interested in the theory that some cancers, perhaps even many, are manifestations of a fungus. Grape-seed extract is a powerful anti-fungal; so are garlic and rosemary. Do we know of others? Can we compile a list?

    Best,
    Rosey

    Good info, Rosey. Just want
    Good info, Rosey. Just want to add a caveat about melatonin: it lowers cortisol. When someone has strong adrenal glands, the drop in morning cortisol is not noticeable. When someone has borderline or exhausted adrenals, they notice the drop in the morning cortisol. That's where the drugged feeling comes from.

    Nobody should be taking vitamin E without selenium--in food, these two are found together. Selenium is considered to be the anti-cancer & anti-oxident mineral. Taking vitamin E without selenium will deplete selenium.

    Each vitamin has a companion mineral. Vitamin C (as derived from food) contains a small amount of copper. When you take ascorbic acid, you lower copper levels because food-sourced vitamin C is a lot more than ascorbic acid--it has bioflavinoids, copper & more. Taking large amounts of ascorbic acid binds with copper & pulls it out of the body.

    I understand copper promotes angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels which may feed cancer) yet you don't want to be so low on copper that you get an aneurysm. Maybe I'm bruising from being low in copper--I don't take ginger or garlic.
  • Jules13
    Jules13 Member Posts: 17
    HellieC said:

    I take B17
    Hi Jules
    I take B17 in supplement form every day (I tried the kernels but I just couldn't handle the taste at all). I researched it quite a bit and then discovered that a friend's husband, who has melanoma, was using them too. I started taking them a month after my chemo stopped (Jan 2011)gradually building up the dose. I remained on the high dose (6 x 500mg per day) for 3 months, then reduced to 4 x 500mg per day for the rest of the year. I am now taking 3 x 500mg per day. I don't believe in miracle cures for cancer. My thinking is that this supplement may help to stop cancer re-establishing itself after conventional teatments have removed all/most of the tumour burden. Time will tell - but having had two recurrences, I feel that, for me, it was a chance worth taking.
    Kindest wishes
    Helen

    Thanks Helen, I am going to
    Thanks Helen, I am going to look into the supplement form too. Thank you for telling me how many you take too. I feel different things may work for different people, so looking into all options to try to help my Mom. Best wishes in your recovery.
    Jules
  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816

    Hello Jill,
    I have been

    Hello Jill,
    I have been following the Cancer Survivors Network for over a year now, but I confess only silently. I feel I am ready to 'join in' as even though no one here knows me I feel this close relationship to all these wonderful people that have so much to share.
    I have a question on the diet and am not sure to ask it here or to start it new.... I was advised by my oncologist and doctors that uterine papillary serous carcinoma likes estrogen and to avoid foods high in plant estrogen and phyto estrogen. (ie flax, sweet potatoe, soy) and to limit foods containing estrogens. I have researched and have found very limited info. Can anyone share any info they may have? Thanks so much!
    Tami

    Tami
    Unlike the normal uterine cancer, which is ER/PR+, and is responsive the estrogens, it is my understanding that because UPSC is mostly ER/PR-, it is not so responsive to estrogen.

    Taxol works much better on the ER + cancers.


    Claudia

    Took a quick trip to your About Me page and did notice that you have mixed histology of adeno and upsc, so your doc was most likely referring to the adeno part of your cancer.
  • NatalieCat
    NatalieCat Member Posts: 5
    Jules13 said:

    Thanks Helen, I am going to
    Thanks Helen, I am going to look into the supplement form too. Thank you for telling me how many you take too. I feel different things may work for different people, so looking into all options to try to help my Mom. Best wishes in your recovery.
    Jules

    Hoping to see more food studies - ginger and turmeric
    First, I want to express my gratitude to everyone for sharing all this nutritional information. I just joined this site and am looking for all the information I can to improve my well being and prevent recurrance of ovarian cancer as well as all cancers. I've read a lotis out ginger and turmeric and have started adding ground ginger to my diet via teas, cereals and simply adding to water with lemon. Most of the research I have found seems outdated or at least two years ago. Has anyone found any more recent studies?
  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816
    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816
    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

  • soromer
    soromer Member Posts: 130

    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

    Claudia! Great to see you posting here!

    I think I sent you a message a while ago but don't recall.

    Congratulations on your move! I'm so glad it worked out for you. Great job on your part.

    I think I'll be in N. CA this June--Pleasant Hill area as well as San Jose. I'll let you know.

    Excellent to hear that you're doing well generally. I'm doing all right myself--remission for the past six months, and planning to keep it going~!

    Peace, blessings, love and hugs,

    soromer/Kate

     

  • HellieC
    HellieC Member Posts: 524

    As someone who researched and

    As someone who researched and followed the info I found on the benefits of foods, exercise, deep breathing, etc. I have found that whether the info is newly discovered or tried and true, as someone who will be a five year survivor next month, do all that you are able to do regardless of the age of the research.

     

    Hugs and great love to you all,

     

    Claudia

     

    To all my old buds, I did finally make it to California and am living in "Hippie Heaven" in Ukiah. This people are mostly peace, love and sharing hippie souls. I haven't been this happy since I foolishly left California nine years ago. Just packed stuff in an SUV Christmas Eve and was here by New Year's Eve. Blessings on you all. Love you Jill, and Karen.

    Missed you, Claudia

    So pleased to see you touching base with the boards again.  Missed your interesting, informative posts - but absolutely delighted that you have rediscovered what you need.  Maybe with your new found happiness we'll get to see some more of your beautiful paintings?

    Kindest wishes
    Helen

  • california_artist
    california_artist Member Posts: 816
    Kate

    Will send you my email and phone contacts via private message.

     

    Kisses