Has anyone tried holistic or alternative medicine for cancer treatment? Can you describe the experience?
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I was never sent to an oncologist. My primary doctor sent me to an ENT surgeon to discuss surgery options after my biopsy results came back. He told me that surgery should be scheduled for a total thyroidectomy within 2-3 weeks, and referred me to an endocronologist for the post-surgery information. I visisted with the endocronologist, she went over everything with me, sent me along my way with a 30 day supply of pills to take after my surgery and told me to schedule an appointment to see her for a week after surgery. She did have me go in for a neck ultrasound to check all the lymph nodes in my neck to make sure there were no swollen lymph nodes or any other masses other than the original one. I do need to call the office as I was hoping they would have measured the mass to see if it had grown or shrunk at all since the initial ultrasounds and biopsy 6 months ago, but the results paperwork I received last week just said no other masses or swollen lymph nodes.
I know cancer just doesn't go away overnight, regardless of what you do for it, so I knew that i would need to change my lifestyle and work on things for at least 6 months to a year before I would know if it was working at all. My surgeon and endocronologist are of the opinion that surgery is the only option. When I met with the endocronologist, she was happy to hear of my changes in diet and lifestyle, but did not seem to think that would have any overall effect on my thyroid or the cancer. I had a differing opinion than her when she said that "if its not genetic, people just get cancer, we don't know why or how" and there is no way to reverse it once you have it. If I ultimately have to have the thyroidectomy, then so be it, but I don't feel like jumping the gun and scheduling surgery and guarenteeing myself a lifetime of medication, examinations, etc. is the way to go, especially after there has been research that shows that the cancer I have, after a 10 years study of people who opted to have surgery versus those that did not have surgery, there was less than a 1% overall difference in survival rate. Also, saying that its "the easy cancer" is just not true, its not always a one and done surgery to remove the thyroid, do radioactive iodine therapy and then be done. I have researched and been on plenty of message boards that show there are plenty of people who end up having reoccurances of thyroid cancer in other areas of their body from the cells migrating, or becoming iodine resistant and having even more problems after surgery. I would rather start with the reason I feel I got the thyroid cancer in the first place, a very inferior traditional American diet and a lot of stress and hormonal inbalance that threw my body and cells off. The budwig center guide has a great explanation of how cells can mutate. You can also google thyroid and Mt. dew, which has been my drink of choice for about 20 years, along wtih iodine definciencies because of flouride consumption and also the standard american diet that is high in carbohydrates and sugar.
I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in April of this year. I decided to not go with the standard protocal of the full thyroidectomy and thyroid medication forever. I have been working with a health coach. I have also been doing the Budwig protocal, www.budwigcenter.com. There is a yahoo group called flaxseedoil2 which has been wonderfully supportive and helpful. I have completely overhauled my diet to go to mostly all natural, organic foods, boosting my immunity and making sure my body is alkaline and ph balanced because cancer cells thrive off of acidity and sugar laden bodies, and I get regular chiropractic adjustments that aid in keeping my spine and nervous system healthy to let my body heal itself. I think the two biggest things that have helped me have been removing my mercury fillings in my teeth and detoxing my body as well as the flaxseed oil smoothies along with lots of healthy sunlight for my vitamin D levels. I had been run down for several years, which I mostly attributed to having 2 children in 4 years, moving across country and an emotionally taxing marriage. Since being diagnosed and making all the changes I have made, I have felt better than I have in several years and am very happy with the changes I have made in my life. It was definitely the wake up call I needed.