Top 10 questions you MUST ask your oncologist

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RE: Top 10 questions you MUST ask your oncologist

by ToddlerFather on Wed Dec 12, 2018 01:36 AM

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On 5 - Not all chemotherapies damage DNA. Most new targeted therapies and immunotherapy don't. 

Still on 5 - Even for those that do, replacing them with new cells by standard body recovery capacity works. When it doesn't, go to question 8. 

7 - The studies only show roots in diet and lifestyle. There are no studies showing diet and lifestyle as effective to treat cancer. 

9 - Cancer stem cells are thought to be one cause of distant metastasis. There is no evidence disavowing the other options like non-stem cancer cells transportation. It could vary by cancer type, perhaps. And while chemoterapy indeed doesn't target cancer stem cells, saying that it could stimulate them to grow and spread sounds unconfirmed. 

Please don't take me wrong; I'm supportive of the overall tone balancing conventional and alternative cancer treatment, since the only treatment working for me at this point(LDN) is from the alternative side for the time being. But alienating one's conventional oncologist also may lead to a sub-par treatment, when that conventional medication is a good fit for a patient. 

Patients have to take their own side, not the ones of specific doctrines. 



RE: Top 10 questions you MUST ask your oncologist

by Swifty on Sun Mar 10, 2019 08:49 PM

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What type of cancer are you treating with the LDN? I was on it for a few years for Hashimoto's and went off at Doctor's suggestion. Now it appears I likely have thyroid cancer. I wonder if I should go back on before all the testing and Dr. appointments or wait.

RE: Top 10 questions you MUST ask your oncologist

by drthomas123 on Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:46 PM

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On Mar 10, 2019 8:49 PM Swifty wrote:

What type of cancer are you treating with the LDN? I was on it for a few years for Hashimoto's and went off at Doctor's suggestion. Now it appears I likely have thyroid cancer. I wonder if I should go back on before all the testing and Dr. appointments or wait.

Unless a patient is on opiates for pain, I use low-dose naltrexone (LDN) on almost all of my cancer patients. Without the benefit of knowing your complete medical history, physical findings, lab work, etc., I cannot advise in your particular situation.

RE: Top 10 questions you MUST ask your oncologist

by Swifty on Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:06 PM

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Thank you. I understand your limitations. I will ask the primary Doc if I should start again. Another Doc, who originally prescribed it said I should be on it for life due to autoimmune issues. Maybe I should never have stopped. :( I suppose I will never know if it would have prevented this, so forward I go.

RE: Top 10 questions you MUST ask your oncologist

by ToddlerFather on Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:24 AM

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On Mar 10, 2019 8:49 PM Swifty wrote:

What type of cancer are you treating with the LDN? I was on it for a few years for Hashimoto's and went off at Doctor's suggestion. Now it appears I likely have thyroid cancer. I wonder if I should go back on before all the testing and Dr. appointments or wait.

Just for the sake of completeness for other readers of this topic, it was Thyroid ancer, FV-PTC (Follicular Variant Papillary ThyCa). 

RE: Top 10 questions you MUST ask your oncologist

by ToddlerFather on Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:32 AM

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While there are statements that once LDN is started for cancer treatment, it's better not to remove it (see

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6142095

, I don't think there are studies looking into stopping LDN for autoimmune treatment making the road easier for cancer. 

More similar cases would be required to get to that understanding, if it's really true. It could have been just a random development... to the point that unless it would be medically justifiable for all human beings to take LDN to prevent cancer, I don't see why you should be doing it. 

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