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Not eligible for clinical trials, looking for other options - conventional or alternative

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serenity101
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Have done:

FOLFOX + Avastin (until Allergic reaction)

5FU + Avastin (until CEA made a big jump)

FOLFOX + Avastin with desensitization (until platelets wouldn't come back up after holding treatments for a while and tumors started growing)

Irinotecan @ reduced dose due to gilbert's syndrome + Erbitux (until new metastasis showed up)

Stivarga - 75% dose (until I became jaundiced)

FOLFOX + Avastin with desensitization (retried, but had significant tumor growth and platelets dropped again)

 

Dr. is suggesting trying Vectibux + capecitabine next, with the possibiliy of embolization or removal of spleen when that quits working to hopefully improve my platelets enough to qualify for trials (could do spleen now, but at the moment he thinks we should try Vectibux + capecitabine first)

Resection of liver metastases is not an option due to the number and location of tumors in both lobes of liver.

 

Anyone have thoughts of what else might be helpful? Dr. is ok with continuing to provide care if I choose other options, including alternative care.  

 

Thanks,

Serenity

 

 

 

 

janderson1964
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I am in a similar boat. Have done all the standard therapies except stivarga over the past 8 1/2 years. I just completed 5 rounds od vectibix irinotecan and xeloda and did a scan. Results next week to see how that works. Then possibly y90 and or cyberknife to the larger tumors. Has your doctor looked into all trials. There are a lot out there.

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serenity101
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My doctor wanted me to try and get into a pd-l1 trial even though they weren't having them at my clinic, but my platelets and bilirubin were off so I didn't qualify.

I may look more into radiation based therapies now that my other options are dwindling.

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serenity101
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I hope your scans show good things happening. I don't know how everyone can stand waiting for their scan results. I usually get my results from the doctor the same day, so I only have to stress from when they schedule my scan until when they do it. Waiting for the results too would be excrutiating.

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The only thing I can think of is a chemo sensitivity test where there take some of the cancer cells and they try single or combination chemo directly on the cells. I was gonna do it myself, but did not need it. The company is called: naturaltherapeutics.com

Wish you luck,

Laz

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serenity101
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When I searched for Natural Therapeutics I came up with a massage place. Rational Therapeutics looks like it offers what you are talking about. It seems like a logical concept. Thanks for the information. I wonder if the doctor could get a tumor sample when they work on my spleen or if I would need an additional surgery.

 

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You could ask. The oncologist at that lab is very famous and incredibly nice. They will send you a kit for biopsy. The test is not cheap, but insurance may cover some of it.

Laz

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I admire your strength to continue onward. I know that I would probably give it one, maybe two more shots and then let nature takes its course. 

I will keep you (and Jeff) in my prayers as always. 

May you soon find something that can control these beasts. 

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serenity101
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Actually, I'm kind of a wimp. I've just been very lucky not to have had too many terrible "quality of life" reducing side effects compared to so many here.

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There are a number of trials going on right now that might be of use to you (just my uneducated opinion).  So I'm wondering why your doc thinks trials are out.

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All of the clinical trials I have seen require a platelet count of at least 100,000, and right now my platelets are only 51,000. They have mostly been under 100,000 since shortly after I started chemo.

AN
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Try papaya leaves.  Over here in the east, we use them to treat low platelets due to dengue (Caused by mosquito Bites).  It is effective. The other thing that people here use is porcupine dates which is also good for low platelets, dont think you can get it in US?  

northa914
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I used Rocheway Papaya Leaf Extract (purchased on Amazon, they also have other brands) and one tablespoon twice per day of organic cold pressed sesame seed oil for low platelets caused by FOLFIRINOX treatments.  In my case, my platelets returned to normal in one week.  The only place I've been able to find the sesame oil is Whole Foods, and the brand is Napa Valley Naturals.  If you look on Amazon you can find other brands of this particular type of cold pressed oil.  The grocery store has expeller pressed and toasted sesame oil, but my naturopath specifically recommended the organic cold pressed.  If you don't like the taste of the oil, you can add it to your diet by using it in dressings or to cook food.  I was okay with the taste, but had a juice chaser close by get rid of the oily feel left in my mouth.  Papaya leaf extract is claimed to also help your immune system and boost killer T-cells according to information I read from the manufacturers.  I don't know if these claims are true, but I do know that using the two (extract and oil) did help my platelet count.

Hope this helps!

 

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serenity101
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I will look into these. I hadn't heard of them before. If I could get my platelets to go up without surgery I would be very happy!

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I sent you a PM about what Im going to try out. Best of luck,

Carrie

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serenity101
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Hi Carrie,

There are no messages in my inbox, so it would be great if you tried sending it again.

Serenity

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called ashgawhanda, to get my white blood cell count to improve.  This was on the advice of my naturopath.  There are some studies that suggest it might be good for platelets as well (and my counts did go up rapidly, although maybe not because of the herb, hard to say).  It's an herb from the Ayurvedic/Indian tradition.

It might be worth visiting a reputable naturopath to talk to them about possible natural approaches to the problem.

There are some trials out there that are looking pretty good, so I hope you can get to the point of being able to try one!

(and if you do, I would suggest contacting Maia at the Colon Club...she's an amazing source of info on clinical trials and seems to always be very willing to help people find some possible matches).

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I will check out ashgawhanda. Do you have any suggestions on how to find a reputable naturopath?

If I get to the point of probably being eligible for trials, I will look up Maia.

Thanks,

Serenity

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and see what she suggests. We are lucky in Seattle to have a major naturopathic university that produces doctors like mine...she has a BS and a 4 year naturopathic doctor degree, so eight years of pretty hardcore education under her belt. Do you mind sharing what state you're in? That might help her to make a better suggestion for you.

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I live near the center of the border between Minnesota and Iowa.

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Btw, I always love to see your flower avatar.  So pretty!

gfpiv
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I have heard that some use Mitomycin-C with 5-FU or Xeloda for treating CRC.  You may want to Google that combo.  I'm not  sure the results would be expected to be dramatic, and not sure if your onc or insurance would deny it, but I hear M-C is relatively well-tolerated and not "overly" expensive.

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This is not a drug my doctor has discussed with me, so I will bring it up at my next appointment. Thanks

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annalexandria
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for someone on the following website:

www.oncanp.org

 

If you have questions after you look at that, let me know and I'll see if I can get them answered for you.  She's a prof at the naturopathic university in this area, and also head of alt med at the Seattle Public Health dept., so I think her info is pretty good.

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My favorite oral chemo tegafur-uracil isn't available in North Am; more so in Europe, So Am and Asia.  Most people here at CSN have to use xeloda for oral chemo.

Some have made progress with off label oral adjuncts like celecoxib, cimetidine, metformin, aspirin or PSK/proteo betaglucans and many other natural extracts like Life Extension Foundation, added to xeloda, earlier in the CRC journey.   IV vitamin C + oral vitamin C + vitamin K as menaquinone-4 or else K3 has also been used with chemo.   Hovever, documented experience with these oral regimes, for patients heavily pretreated with std chemo,  is thin.   

Support is typically between CAM oriented MD/DOs and naturopathic doctors.

 

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I have a friend Shanon whom had great results at New Hope unlimited in Scottsdale.  http://www.newhopemedicalcenter.com/

 

This is not an ad from me.  I knew her husband in High School. (We all grew up in Simi Valley, California.) Shannon was given a poor diagnosis for the future.  Many helped raise the funds to help her get help.  She has a vidieo about her cancer journey on their web site.

 

Worst case New Hope has a lot of FREE nutrition information. They will also answer questions.  I have asked several and have always received a positive response. I have not used them yet other then for information. I do not use New Hope, nor do I get anything for recomending them. 

 

Best Always,  mike

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