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  • lsmith has replied to a post on the message board

    It is always a choice, the more informed the better. Different strokes for different folks. Cancer is big business. Sure there are those who are in it simply and kindly to help people but the business itself, it's about money.  There are plenty of people who have had the Gliadel wafers and are no longer with us just as many of the people who had the same treatment as my husband (atleast the ones we have met...

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      I can tell you that we were told that by one Doctor (who I will not name) that their vegetarian & vegan patients or those who switched to a very healthy version of the diet did better than their other patients.  This is not something most doctors advertise... for multiple reasons. I would recommend watching "Forks Over Knives," "Food Matters" and "Hungry for Change" for starters.  Try reading "The Chin...

      Yesterday at 12:19 PM view post
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        Glad to hear you are finding the staff at DUke understanding and helpful.  We always felt the same.  We actually looked forward to visiting them. Please look into diet and lifestyle changes.  You might be amazed at what a different that can make.

        Wednesday at 8:35 PM view post
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          May I ask what you were diagnosed with?  Just curious.  GBM? L

          Wednesday at 6:37 PM view post
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            I agree.  Friedman is a world renowned brain surgeon and we had a good experience with him. He was matter of fact and a bit dry but we liked him.  We trusted him.  He was our third opinion.  Our first two both said my husband was inoperable. He disagreed and my hsuabnd had no side effects falling the surgery. I wish you the best. Lauren

            Wednesday at 6:35 PM view post
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              I feel compelled to comment on this.  My first experience with Henry Friedman was on a holiday weekend in the evening when he took the time to call my husband back regarding potential treatment.  Oh following experiences with him were nothing but warm and helpful.  I met many others that would say the same.  I really think he cares... Or certainly did then. Ultimately, 11+ years later with a canc...

              July 17 at 1:23 PM view post
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                We are vegan.  We are typically mostly raw (do not cook food above 118 degrees) We have been 100% raw in the past for as long as 2 years.  Honestly, I think you need to be at least 75% to see it make a difference.  In my opinion. We juice (Carrot & green juice usually which is mostly organic celery & cucumber and some kale or spinach and lemon).  He is really good about green smoothies. &...

                April 17 at 12:15 PM view post
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                  My husband will hit the 11 year mark in may.  He had a glioblastoma that was supposedly not operable too.  Although Allan did do the surgery.  As far as I know Ted Kennedy had the same protocol my husband did.  He lasted 18 months.   My husband has been cancer free since December 2003 per the doctors at Duke and later the former doctor at Duke that we followed when he went to CT.  We ac...

                  April 15 at 3:47 PM view post
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                    He used 3 different chemo drugs... CPT11, temodar & another. He was supposed to do another year of something else (typical protocol) but opted out because by that time he (we) were convinced it was about building up your immune system with diet & lifestyle & not about destroying it with chemo drugs & radiation. Quite frankly, there were/are plenty of people who followed the drug protocol and didn't make it past 2 y...

                    December 21 at 1:49 PM view post
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                      I felt compelled to respond to this conversation even though I noticed it started back in 2011. My husband & my experiences with Duke & Drs. Henry & Allan Friedman were nothing but positive & I must admit anything negative actually surprised me & I felt I should share.    Our experience started in May of 2003 when my husband was life flighted to Toledo St. Vincent Hospital following th...

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                      About lsmith

                      Caregiver
                      Brain Cancer
                      Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Chemotherapy, Diet, Radiation, Side Effects, Spiritual Support, Alternative Treatments

                      My husband was diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma in May of 2003. He is an 11+ year survivor. He went to Duke. While we love the caring wonderful doctors & nurses there & looked forward to our check up visits (until we followed our doctor to CT) we know that it was our change in diet that has kept him here. We have watched multiple brain tumor patients die over the past 11 years and the one thing none of them were willing to do... diet and lifestyle. We are convinced that it is our diet and lifestyle that has kept my husband cancer free, illness free and healthy for the past 11+ years. It is all about what you put in your body. Be your own health advocate!

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