diagnosed with colon cancer in July 1997, when I had an emergency operation to
remove the tumour.
I later found out that I had secondary tumours
on my liver. After months of tests at St James Hospital in Leeds, I was told
tumours on my liver could not be cut
So in October 97 I started on 5FU chemotherapy,
this did the trick, and in March 98 I finished the chemo and my tumours had
shrunk down. I had a good summer 98 holidaying in the Canary
September 98 I went into the Royal Liverpool
University Hospital, where I underwent a pioneering operation to freeze my
tumours using liquid nitrogen (cryogenic surgery). Unfortunately when I
woke up I was told that they could not do the surgery as my tumours had started
to grow again!
November 98 I started another course of 5FU
chemotherapy, using a constant feed pump -Hickman Line. In addition to this I
had done a lot of research into the anti cancer benefits of sharks cartilage. So
I started taking sharks cartilage powder ,mixed with orange juice.
Feb 99 BAD NEWS my tumours were still
growing, the 5FU chemo was having no effect this time. Also the sharks cartilage
had been a waste of money, after spending £500 on sharks
March99 started on new chemotherapy- irinotecan
Camptosar. Intravenous injection over 2hours every 3 weeks, side effects some
sickness and diarrhoea, lost ALL my hair from everywhere! After 3 doses I had a
scanGOOD NEWS the tumours had reduced in size between 30 and 50%! I have
now had 6 shots of this chemo and feel great, about to have another
Sharks cartilage a waste of money. I know that
the cancer will not stay dormant forever and could eventually develop an
immunity to any more chemo.
WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR is any ideas ,therapies,
tips on alternative therapies, treatments, diets, that I can start now, while my
tumours are temporarily defeated, to continue the battle against them, while I
am off chemo.
I have already visited a natural healer,
reflexologist and this looks promising.