What is the Best Support for Ovarian Cancer Sufferers? A combined approach?

Looking at support for ovarian cancer sufferers, this page is about the choices you make in helping and supporting your friend or loved one in the choices she makes in dealing with her ovarian cancer.

So, assuming you accept the research about metabolic therapy:

A. do you sit passively by watching the damage that everyone knows chemotherapy causes, hoping against hope that somehow she will get better because you’re afraid to interfere? or

B. do you charge in (as I wanted to) with videos explaining why the doctors are wrong?

Option A is too painful, so Option B seems the answer, doesn’t it?

Not necessarily! Part of our management of health issues is psychological. A positive attitude helps healing and a depressive attitude slows healing (if not actually reducing physical wellbeing). So you have to think carefully before leaping in with your ‘cancer support’.

’Mum’, at 76, is of the generation brought up to trust just about everything that the doctors say. Her trust in the oncologist gives her strength to go on. If your ‘loved one’ is similar in that, then to destroy that trust risks:

*your loved one losing her faith in anybody and any cure with perhaps inevitable consequences; and

*destroying any hope of her believing in what you have to say about the benefits of metabolic therapy.

Along with that risk, there is the problem that many people with cancer simply don’t want to hear more ‘news’, not realising that there is actually good news to be heard. So how do you give the support for ovarian cancer that you want to?

Our Approach

You can do what we did - we think it is no coincidence that after following much of the recommended metabolic therapy, whilst undergoing chemotherapy, 'Mum' had a pre-Christmas scan (4 months after diagnosis) that gave her an 'all clear' and blood test without an abnormal level of the biomarker ca125.

With our family support 'Mum' took up:

*juicing fresh vegetables and some fruit twice a day (^ see comment below)

*cutting out alcohol, tea and coffee from her diet and replacing them with herbal teas (including rooibos (red bush tea) which I find a great alternative to regular tea) and increased water intake

*cutting down on the amount of refined sugars taken

*switching from standard refined table salt to Himalayan salt or sea salt which contain a wider mineral content and where research suggests that the main salt (sodium chloride) element is structured so as not to be harmful (in the right quantities) unlike refined table salt

*taking a liquid mineral and vitamin supplement (a colloidal preparation that means its valuable contents are better absorbed than in tablet form)

*taking a high strength, broad range probiotic capsule (to help the gut absorb the nutrients needed) (probiotic yoghurt drinks tend to have added refined sugars and be limited in the range of probiotic strains included)

*dramatically increasing the amount of vitamin b17 taken through nitrilosidic foods (the easiest to take and most concentrated of which are apricot kernals)

*supporting the vitamin b-17 intake with additional pancreatic type enzymes to work with it (again the easiest of which is in taking lots of fresh pineapple)

*taking good quality, broad range and high ORAC value antioxidant supplements

*taking natural anti-tumourals (such as Noni juice and certain mushrooms (by extracts in capsule form or in the diet))

*Replacing the whole range of household and personal cleaning products, cosmetics, body and hair care products for ones that do not contain potentially harmful chemicals (you have to look at the contents in detail!)


Conclusions

WOW! That's a lot - and I've probably missed a thing or two! I never said that metabolic therapy was easy and for you or your 'friend' changing lifestyle like this takes effort and will power. Sadly it also costs because neither medical insurers nor, in the UK, the NHS pay for the health benefits of boosting and supplementing your diet (even if it could shorten the treatment cycles that they do pay for). Fortunately 'Mum' can afford it and we helped by getting everything ordered and delivered to her.

To stick to such a lifestyle change you have to present good reasons for the changes. ^We have 'Mum's' local cancer support charity to thank for some help - they provided a juicer (costing £200-300) and recommended using it) (a great help having that trustworthy, independent advice coinciding with our push).

My lead page on B17 Metabolic Therapy with its detailed sub-pages will explain why each element comes together to make the therapy effective (as attested to by the clinics that use it and other research). If there isn't a link to my B17 Metabolic Therapy page on my Home Page it's probably because I am still writing it - in that case please contact me to find out more.

There is a 'side-effect' of applying this form of support for ovarian cancer - 'Mum's' oncology team were consistently surprised at the limited range of and generally milder than expected adverse side-effects from her chemo. When her 'clear scan' was re-evaluated after Christmas (by the original team treating her) and a hysterectomy and a further round of chemo were recommended her oncologist remarked that he felt she was stronger and fitter than before they started.

Disadvantages of the combined therapy?

As against chemo on its own - I can see none for the 'patient'. The only problem that I have seen is that the oncologists don't question why their chemo is more successful with less severe side-effects. This makes it harder to keep your friend on the lifestyle changes that are so important to becoming an ovarian cancer survivor because the trusted doctor will point out how well the chemo is doing.

I cannot say that the chemo hasn't contributed to tumour reduction, but if the doctors don't question what else has been going on, how can they learn to benefit other patients?

The right support for ovarian cancer?

As a 'friend' it is not your choice as to how your friend deals with her ovarian cancer, but hopefully I have given an idea of how to help and give support? Please read on in my pages for the information to understand the disease and control processes. You will have to decide how much or little to say to get the best message across. I wish you the best of success in a difficult time.


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