Recently, I read a question on my Quora Digest feed entitled ‘Why do many cancer patients deteriorate after being informed about their diagnosis’? For those of you who may be unfamiliar with it, Quora is a question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited and organised by its community of users. I really enjoy Quora’s daily drops into my in-box and sometimes answer questions directly or make comments on answers given by others if I have a mind to do so. Of course, I’m particularly interested in anything related to cancer and this question moved me to write this particular blog post.
While the person who wrote and answered the question, Dr. , MD from UCLA, Stanford Oncology Fellowship, said that a third of his patients decline rapidly because by the time they get diagnosed, the cancer is already at an advanced stage and so too late for any kind of effective treatment, I believe it’s much deeper than that and lies in the patient’s mindset. Stage IV patients (i.e. cancer spread to multiple locations distant from the original tumour) and those diagnosed as terminal need to recognise that oncologists don’t have the last word on life expectancy and must believe instead that they still have a chance of a healthy life. Let’s look first at how oncologists can’t accurately predict the prognosis of advanced level cancer patients.
Firstly, cancer is an extremely complex disease and the human body also responds to treatment differently, leading some doctors to seriously miscalculate how long their patients might have to live. An article entitled ‘How Long Have I Got? Why Many Cancer Patients Don’t Have Answers‘ in Kaiser Health News refers to a study of 468 terminally ill cancer patients in which only 20% of hospice doctors accurately predicted how long patients would survive, with most of them estimating that they would live five times longer than they actually did. On the other hand, in the same article, Dr. Robert Gramling, the Chair in Palliative Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine states that doctors are often more pessimistic of survival times. Not only are oncologists often inaccurate when estimating life expectancy, but when they do tell their patients how long they have to live, they often do so really badly. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2008 entitled What Are Terminally Ill Cancer Patients Told About Their Expected Deaths? A Study Of Cancer Physicians’ Self-Reports Of Prognosis Disclosure, revealed that 73% of the 729 physicians in the sample either had inadequate or zero education on how to communicate prognosis during their medical training, but that 96% felt that it should be a part of it.
Let’s look at patients now. Whether the advanced cancer sufferer gets the optimistic or pessimistic oncologist and whether that person delivers ‘the news’ with a sledgehammer or a velvet glove, the patient still has the power to take their health and their life back into their own hands. As human beings, we’re conditioned to accept authority and none more so than when an oncologist in a white coat with all those letters after his or her name tells us “you’ve got 6 months.” For some people who’ve given their power to something outside of themselves, it can be a self-fulfilling prophecy and they do actually die around that time. However, for those of us who say to ourselves of our oncologist “hang on a minute, you don’t know everything, my body isn’t the same as another person’s, the typical cancer staging system you’re using is based upon conventional approaches to treatment and so may not apply to me if I try something alternative and natural”, THAT is the start of reclaiming your power. Your next step is to research as much as you can on natural therapies including organic plant-based diets, juicing, health supplements like wheatgrass and turmeric, alkalising your body tissues by raising them to pH8 etc., as well as alternative protocols like the Gerson Therapy, cesium chloride, bicarbonate of soda etc. However, perhaps the most important thing to do first in order to get your mind in the right space to believe that it’s possible to heal yourself, is watch videos of advanced cancer patients who’ve been diagnosed as either Stage IV or terminal and basically been told “there’s nothing more we can do for you”, but tried alternative and natural treatments, and are healthy and alive today. There are so many survivor stories which you’ll find on https://chrisbeatcancer.com and https://thetruthaboutcancer.com as well as general searches on you tube that provide so much hope for advanced cancer patients.
After a quick search on you tube, I came across the story of Denille Chrissluis who was diagnosed with Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer in July 2016. After a partial lumpectomy in the September to remove it, she then discovered in January 2017 that the lump had returned and her breast cancer had developed into Stage IV. She then underwent two rounds of punishing chemotherapy, yet always felt “there was another way.” After basically being given a death sentence by her oncologist, Denille engaged in some serious internet research and came across Ty Bollinger’s ‘The Truth About Cancer 9-Part Docu-Series‘. That was the catalyst for her decision to go to a clinic in Mexico for a 3-week series of alternative therapies which focused on a holistic approach to treatment. After two weeks, her lump disintegrated and she’s cancer-free today. Watch her video story in the side bar.
Chris Wark features yet another survivor story, but this time one of terminal Multiple Myeloma. Mona was diagnosed with the disease in 2002 and, once again, was told by her doctors that there was nothing that they could do for her. Luckily for Mona, she had a good friend who recommended Dr. Richard Schulze’s highly-regarded 30-day ‘Incurables’ detox program and supported her through it all. Mona tells how she completed the program with colon, kidney and liver cleanses, juicing, teas, broths, tinctures, raw vegan diet and more, and then, over the next two years, continued to put the practices into action entirely on her own. Sixteen years later, she remains cancer free. Watch her video story in the side bar.