These signs are international. SO, I know your local Cancer Society has these listed. I will have to look around here to see if I can find an international number that could be used.
my mother just had a malignant tumor removed from the right kidney (multilocular or multicystic). They were able to save 1/2 of the kidney and they feel they got all the CA. Frozen section showed clear margins. Since surgery she has had an increased systolic B/P, 160-170. Preop her pressures were in the range of 100 - 130/70-80. Is the change in pressure related to the surgery? She has also had 3 nose bleeds postop, one severe, where she bled for over 45 minutes. ENT packed the nose for 3 days. She is to followup with them in 7 days. I assume all of this is somehow related, but I'm not sure how. What's your opinion? Thanks.
We have a member of our family who was just diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. He is 50 years old, not a teen and extreemely muscular, naturally.
We are seeking help with diet and alternative methods to be used in conjunction with chemotherapy that he will begin to receive today. Thankyou So Much, LC
In Reply to: kidney cancer and increased systolic B/P posted by Diane McLellan on May 12, 1998 at 19:36:59:
First, it is almost a certainty that the surgery caused the increased BP. It probably is due to their having to tie off some arteries to the kidney to get the tumor. This is a classical cause of hypertension and all of her docs know it.
Fortunately, the body frequently accomodates to this, after a few months (or years) and the BP goes back to where it was before. The people who made so much money doing the surgery are responsible for taking the time to explain it to her (& you). You can see how much time it took here. They don't tell you only because time is money--
not because they do not know.
By the way, the way to stop a nosebleed is, as soon as the first sign of blood is present, to hold that nostril closed with a finger & lean forward. That makes any bleeding be trapped at the site of the bleeding & the clot stops the blood just like it does everywhere else in the body where you might have a cut. This ususlly takes less than 10minutes, there is no mess, no panic (which just puts the pressure up more), no trips to the doc, and no swallowing blood to make an upset stomach.
After the 10 minutes, the person should just gently let go the finger holding that nostril closed and sit back up. If there is any more blood, just close the nostril again for 10 minutes more & lean forward. One does not EVER have to place the head below the waist. The idea is just to get the nose pointed down so the blood will stay in the nose instead of running down the throat.
In 30 years of knowing how to do this, I have seen less than one in a hundred that had to do this more than the 10 minutes.
WHY don't all docs tell their patients this????
In Reply to: lymphoblastic lymphoma posted by L Campbell on May 13, 1998 at 11:05:09:
If he is a "self-starter" on this subject, I would suggest he read anything he can find at the library about improving immunity. An especially good one to help him see stuff that has been known for 15 years would be "Psychoimmunity & the Healing Process" edited by Jason Serinus and published by Celestial Arts in 1986. Of course lots more is known now but that would get him a start.
THEN, if he thinks that makes sense, have HIM write with more questions right here on this BB.
If he is NOT a self-starter, his best bet would be to call the only netwwork in the USA that combines alternatives with conventional medicine: "Cancer Treatment Centers of America" (800) 515-1221. To learn about other effective options, call the Cancer Control Society at (213) 663-7801.
The sooner he gets started, the better these alternatives will work.
My son had lukemia 9 years ago and went into remission a year and half later. Now he has just been diagnosed with it again. They say they don't think it is the same strand, but a new one that has developed. Any info on this occurrence would be helpful. They say it shouldn't have come back after so long a period of time.
In Reply to: Re: lukemia posted by diane on May 29, 1998 at 17:36:29:
They are right so far as they go. So what if this is a different "strand"? Having leukemia once is proof that the immune system has been broken. Having it come back is more proof and having an entirely "new" strand is the greatest proof of them all.
This child desperately needs to apply himself to "wellness" as a serious hobby. One can only hope that it is not too late. How old is he now?
This was known by responsible health practitioners years ago. It is too bad that you were not exposed to them then.
In response to your interest in beta glucan I have discovered that it can be found in small amounts in oats,barley and maitake mushrooms, but it's the beta 1,3-d glucan extracted from the cell wall of bakers yeast that has been clinically shown to modulate a specific receptor site on the macrophage immune cell. I also discovered that a number of companies are promoting beta glucan and all it's health benifits when they actually have as little as 2 1/2mg in a 100mg capsule. This is like trying to put out a house fire with a cup of water. Further research led me to another company with 100 and 500mg capules of 94.3% pure beta glucan and the analysis of the product is performed by the University of Georgia's Center for Complex Carbohydrate Research in Athens,Ga.
Myself and several members of my family have been taking this product for several months with great results. I will be glad to pass on any information I have concerning beta glucan and it's ability to help our immune system.
want info on Beta-1-3-Glucan does it help AML Leukemia
my uncle only has 2-4 weeks left to live!
or any other Alternitive info
In Reply to: Re: Beta-Glucan,Muco-Poly-Saccharide and immune system posted by Michael Cone on May 09, 1998 at 17:44:07:
Good stuff! I appreciate your sharing this information with us.
In Reply to: Re: request diagonosis posted by Walt Stoll on May 14, 1998 at 12:23:03:
My Grandmother has a type of Lukemia I don't know the name of it but it is said to be rare and hereditary. All though it has never been diagnosed in my family before her. Her body is no longer able to make red blood cells. She has to go and get blood transfusion about every two weeks. She was told there is no medication to take for it and nothing she can do but take vitamin b12 and it will help slow the effects. My grandmother has always taken b12 and the doctor said that if she hadn't been taking the vitamin most of her life she might have not lived so long; and maybe they would have diagnosed her with it earlier. If you can please tell me what kind of lukemia it is and give me some information about it I would greatly appreciate it.
In Reply to: Re: request diagonosis posted by sabby on May 14, 1998 at 19:01:13:
I am not an expert on types of leukemia. However, I DO know that ALL types respond best to the individual improving their immune systems. Since the type is determined by the genetic propensity of that individual (and not the causes or what to do about them) why waste your time on the description of the type?
You could go to your local library & ask the reference librarian to find you the decsription of this type. OR, if you have a medical school in your area, you could do it there. All lay people have the same access to the medical school library as any of the staff or students---non professionals just cannot check things out.
Three weeks ago I first noticed a trace of red blood in my semen. No other symptons. Doctor felt nothing unusual. Urinalysis showed slight infection. Prescribed 10 days of tetracycline. Prior to finishing treatment and for a couple of days, now, after - semen has been significantly brown. Have also suddenly had difficulty sitting for any length of time - as if my testicles were raw or irritated. Again, there is no appearance or feel of anything unusual. Prior to last ejaculation left me with an ache in my tesicle which exteded into my lower abdomen and a slight soreness in my lower back. However, subsequent ejaculation did not. Sometimes there is soreness, sometimes there is not. I'd like you comments on all of this and when I can expect the "brown" to go away. FYI - I am 41 - 5'8" - 145#. I sit on the job all day.
In Reply to: Brown Semen posted by Steve M on May 16, 1998 at 16:50:50:
You have chronic prostatosis with beginning prostatitis. You should also have a PSA test since these conditions predispose you to cancer of the prostate and you should know you have that--if you do. The brown is blood (if you did not already know that). You could test for blood with "Hemastix" at home even when your semen looks normal. Ask your pharmacist to order you a bottle of the strips.
Go to the link: Prostate Problems Then, if THAT makes sense to you, a copy of my book would go far toward your understanding what to DO about it (link on this page).
THEN, if you still have questions, write again.
Dr. Walt, this is the greatest spot on the Internet by far! I keep wondering who pays you for spending all this time answering people's questions and offering your very valuable advice. If I could make a living lobbying for alternative medicine, I'd do it in a minute. At this rate, the pharmaceutical companies will rule the world. It's unfortunate that greed is the driving force behind our health care because opportunities that are not as profitable are overlooked and even scoffed at. Both sides should be working together, rather than against each other. Perhaps the medical doctors see this as a "move over here we come" or rather a "move OUT, here we come" situation. It shouldn't have to be either or, but both, whatever works. The message needs to be, "move ASIDE, you're not the only game in town." I knew this years ago when I started using chiropractic so that I didn't have to make a lifetime investment in Ibuprofen or Prilosec.
My cousin was recently diagnosed with two brain tumors (glioblaste forme that sends out feelers and regenrates itself at alarming rates!) The only symptoms she had was a loss of smell sometime during the past 5 years. Other than that, she seemed pretty healthy, eating healthy foods, taking supplements, exercising. Our uncle had a similar tumor and we suspect it runs in the family. It's been a shock to all of us.
Surgery last month removed about 95% of the large tumor in the frontal lobe (the smaller one lodged behind the ear is in a sensitive area and has been left untouched). She was accepted into the Duke Brain Center and they immediately started an agressive chemotherapy hoping to reduce the tumors so they could zap what was left with radiation. But the chemo had no effect so they just started this week with 200 rads of radiation daily for 6 weeks -whole brain radiation which is what they were trying to avoid.
A combination of steroids (to keep the swelling down)and radiation for the past 4 days has shown positive results. Her alertness and cognitive abilities are swiftly coming back however we realize this may only be a temporary situation. What are the chances of getting her immune system back up so that she can begin to fight the cancer herself. Is this a situation where conventional and alternative treatments can work together?
In Reply to: Radiation is shrinking the tumors, now what? posted by rose on May 20, 1998 at 14:44:40:
Thanks for your kind words. THAT is my pay!
I have never been interested in money & I am sure that is why I have none. I have always been interested in "those treasures more precious than gold".
Fortunately for me, my wife is an RN & we can live off her salary. We both prefer the simple life. Some kind people do donate money to the cause & that is put to good use. 100% goes to expenses of this service.
Were I in this situation, I would call 2 places: 1. Cancer Control Society in Los Angeles, (213) 663-7801, and; 2. Cancer Treatment Centers of America, (800) 641-6333.
Personally, I would start a strict Macrobiotic Diet while I was learning of my other options. Any library would have many simple introduction books about that. Before even considering trying it, make sure the individual with the problem KNOWS what it entails. If they would sooner die than do it, please don't bother. It would just add stress to the person.
HOWEVER, since this problem is SO critical, I would not even try to do it myself. I would find the closest Certified Macrobiotics Instructor and have her/him get everything started quickly & accurately. No one yet knows why this works so well so one must do it perfectly to be sure that it will. Call the Kushi Institute at (413) 623-5741 for information.
Hello Dr- Our married daughter aged 38 went for routine check up--and blood was found in her specimen==after taking a round of antibiotices--another test and still this trace of blood showed up==naturally we are concerned--she goes for the IVP test tomorrow--we are naturally concerned!!- She has scoloisis(SP)---but was able to carry and deliver two very healthy children---could if be that this problem with her spine--might be pushing her kidneys---we hope this IVP is not invasive to her body!!! and is a test that needs to be done!!! we ALWAYS respect your thoughts!!!
In Reply to: INTRAVENOUS PYELOGRAM -- "IVP" posted by Sue on May 26, 1998 at 16:13:50:
The IVP needs to be done. She may even need to have a Retrograde Pyelogram if the IVP doesn't show the problem. A cystoscopy has to be done with the rertrograde and may need to be done even without it.
Asymptomatic (since you did not mention pain, I am assuming that it is asymptomatic) Hematuria is a dangerous symptom. Unfortunately, the most common cause (at her age & sex) is a cancer of the bladder. The cause of this MUST be determined.
Let me know what the final diagnosis is since I may have some alternatives for her.