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    Free download:  https://books.apple.com/us/book/my-gastric-cancer-adventure/id1459748410 A 70-page, quick read, sharing my story of navigating the worlds of alternative and conventional treaments to develop a logical, integrated treatment approach. I'll never know for sure what aspects were most successful, but I think there are important lessons for every cancer patient in my story. Enjoy, and please use ...

    May 11 at 11:35 PM view discussion
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      Checking out those sites, they don't meet my ideal for unbiased scientific research.  I see lots of annecdotal cases where patients using it along with other treatments have had remarkable success. Perhaps it works for many.  Perhaps the other treatments would work with or without the LDN. Best of luck to you in your treatment.

      April 05 at 2:35 AM view post
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        Thanks, TF. A quick search revealed this research on Alpha Lipoic Acid on the NCBI database: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3542233/ Based on what I just read, I would rank it as potentially helpful, though not one of the most promising alternative treaments out there.  It's definitely something to consider if my cancer makes a comeback. I couldn't find anything reputable supporting LDN. &nbs...

        April 05 at 1:07 AM view post
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          I had a PET scan on Monday, and according to my oncologist: "the cancer had great response to chemo to the point that scans can not detect active cancer growth currently" This is, of course, a dramatic improvement from what she told me 4 months ago: 1. There is no cure for gastric cancer at this stage. 2. Eventually the disease will develop resistance to all available chemotherapy treatments. 3. ...

          April 04 at 11:25 PM view discussion
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            Thanks, Time2live. I've been reading up on Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3496019/ My take is that chemo is good for beating down tumors but not good at killing off the CSCs, which are responsible for metastacis and regrowth of tumors. It's a newer area of research and so far the best ways to attack them are with certain fruits and vegetables and supplements. I'm hoping th...

            February 13 at 1:17 AM view post
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              I've been taking an artemisinin supplement during the latter half of my chemo cycles.  You can easily buy it on Amazon. 11 weeks into treatment for Stage IV gastric cancer, my CT scan yielded some very positive results, with lymph nodes normalized, stomach thickening significantly reduced and no sign of spread within my liver or to other organs. Can't know for sure whether the artemisinin is helping or it's ju...

              February 12 at 11:22 PM view discussion
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                I just got my first CT Scan to check on progress, 9 weeks into chemo, in my 5th cycle. Some comments from my oncologist: "The cancer has responded to the treatment. Your response is very good ....normalized lymph nodes suggest cancer regression at least at the near term Impression1. Interval significantly improved thickening of the proximal gastric wall with mild residual wall thickening consistent with improvin...

                February 09 at 2:11 PM view discussion
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                  Thanks a million, John. The Dr. Darren Schmidt videos I've seen so far are great, and I'll keep watching more. As I wait another week for my chemo to start, I'm trying to deny the cancer cells the sugar they need to do their thing.  I lost about 18 pounds from the cancer and loss of appetite, and I got to the point where my low weight could soon be a health concern.  I turned that around by forcing mysel...

                  November 29 at 2:54 PM view post
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                    I've recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 GEJ cancer.  The 5-year survival rate is supposedly about 4%.  Median survival is closer to one year. Friends and family are expressing great sympathy and concern.  For me, this is actually a very interesting and exciting time.  I have no fear of my likely impending death.  I'm intrigued by the science of this disease and potential treatments. &nbs...

                    November 28 at 5:18 AM view discussion
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                      I've been diagnosed with Stage 4 GEJ cancer.  The PET scan showed a huge glowing mass in my stomach and esophagus and two unmistakable glowing spots in my liver.  I start FOLFOX+Hereceptin chemotherapy in 10 days.  The Hereceptin is supposed to improve median life expectancy from about 11 months to 13 months according to research noted at hereceptin.com. While moving slowly through my HMO's staging te...

                      November 28 at 4:45 AM view post
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