I have spent two months reading these posts and the posts of many other cancer forums.
I have spent two months researching diets, alternative remedies, new chemo intervention etc.
Two months and 11 days ago CANCER was just something other peoples families were dealing with, chemo always saved the day, and I really didn't think I knew anyone who had it.
On November 13th 2006 my dad was having a procedure (ERCP) to remove some gallstones that were causing a blockage and making him jaundice and rather ill feeling. My mother and sat in the waiting room holding hands and waiting for the Dr. to come out and tell us everything went well and we could see my dad very soon.
He did eventually come out but what he said to us changed our lives forever.
In a very COLD and IMPERSONAL way we were told that my dad had a rare cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma-Klatskin tumor. stage 3bf 4 and that he had about 12 months to live. I remember him saying "here, let me draw you a diagram"
I remember my mom having to tell him and i remember his face.
My big strong daddy 6'4 230lbs was now 180lbs very jaudice and scared to death.
Two more Drs came in to explain how chemo and radiation were relatively ineffective with this type of cancer and that he would slowly deteriorate and then one day he just wouldn't get out of bed.
My mother, myself and my boyfriend decided we were not going to let this desease just take him so off to chaoters we went and then endless hours online researching and learning all about this Klatskins!
We met with a wonderful oncologist who actually had personality and displayed compassion (very impressive) and he told us that there has been some success with GFLIP. My mother and I were very opposed to him having chemo as we have read so many horror stories however, we knew that this was a descision that was his and his alone.
My dad agreed to go along with our crazy diets and foreign tea's and even our endless chatter about miracle cures we had read about online. (what a trooper)
Chinese Drs. homopathic drs, we dragged him to them all
No meat no dairy no sweets nothing processed and 2 litres of Pau d'arco tea everyday. Then vitamins and vegan shakes and then we double his pau d'arco intake by adding capsules.
YESTERDAY WAS THE HAPPIEST DAY WE'VE HAD SINCE THIS WHOLE ORDEAL BEGAN.
My dad was scheduled to have a portacath inserted Wednesday Jan.24th however his oncologist has CANCELLED HIS CHEMO!!!!
The radiologist couldn't see his tumor. he could clearly see the metal stents but nothing else. Also his blood work was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My dads tumor measured 3.5 cm and now it can't be seen.
The oncologist was shocked and wants to see him in three months.
We're confused and want an MRI to make sure what he said was true.
Over all though yesterday was shocking. His oncologist was suprised he was still alive never mind that he seems to be healing himself!
The Oncologist said what ever we are doing we are doing it right!!!
Oh and my dads diabetes is gone his last blood reading was 5.1
DIET AND NUTRITION REALLY CAN HELP
God I hope these results continue to improve I can't imagine life for our family with out him HE IS THE BEST!
BTW, ever notice that once cancer is in your life you find out its always been there, it's all around you and that people you know, have just suffered silently. I hate cancer!