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very interesting how marijuana is not yet legal in all states, but we have all of this research about how it can help with so many diseases. Really makes you think about the governments priorities...
Living with Lung Cancer / Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
« Last post by itsrealthistime on December 12, 2019, 11:05:44 am »
My uncle saw the oncologist today. He has to make an appointment in 6 weeks where they will take scans, x-rays and blood work. The oncologist said the surgeon got the cancer out of his lung during surgery so he may not have to do any followup treatments. Fingers crossed!!!!!!
So no supplements, but what about trying to get probiotics through yogurt/other foods? Is this just for ppl with advanced melanoma, or other cancers too?
Living with Lung Cancer / Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
« Last post by potisgood? on December 11, 2019, 08:18:30 am »
This is going to take some time to sort through so do your best to help your uncle be patient. He's got to let his first surgery heal so he is healthy enough to fight the cancer.
Living with Lung Cancer / Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
« Last post by itsrealthistime on December 10, 2019, 04:33:46 pm »
Thanks for the speedy reply. and content links.

Yes, focused on his heart surgey recovery for now. Hopefully soon can start talking about the cancer treatment options. I'll check back in when have more news.
Living with Lung Cancer / Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
« Last post by iana5252 on December 10, 2019, 04:25:33 pm »
So sorry to hear about your uncle. Hopefully the heart attack helped discover the lung cancer early which increase his chances of beating it as often lung cancer isn't discovered until late in the process.

And yes, your uncle is likely to be referred to an oncologist once he is healthy enough to travel.

Here's a couple of places to start to get yourself up to speed on what he is going to go through.

Newly Diagnosed? Start Here

Lung Cancer 101

Best wishes to you and your uncle and please keep us updated on his progress.
Living with Lung Cancer / favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
« Last post by itsrealthistime on December 10, 2019, 04:02:14 pm »
Hi All.

New here. Figured I'd join to see what I can learn to help my uncle. He had a heart attack last week and while they were running tests discovered a suspicious nodule on his lung. He has since undergone successfully triple bypass surgery. While doing the surgery, they took a biopsy of his lung. Doctor said it looked to be cancer. Doctor also said he thought it would not require surgey but chemo would be needed.

I've had a lot of bad experiences with one type of doctor trying to explain options for a another type of problem or disease so I took it all with a grain of salt.

So my first question is what should my uncle do next? See an oncologist? What kind? he's in California if that matters.
Living with Brain Cancer / Re: help with cancer treatment for my wife
« Last post by cancerhusband on December 10, 2019, 02:45:29 pm »
Hi Chris, I'm happy to say that although my wife went through some intense side effects, she is currently in remission and doing well so far. The main side effects she struggled with were extreme fatigue and nausea. To stop hair loss we actually used one of the scalp cooling caps we learned about in this article! https://www.cancerhealth.com/article/spare-hair-chemo She was able to keep most of her hair which made the rest of the side effects less upsetting for her. The oncologist also told us to be prepared for easy bruising/bleeding due to a low platelet count, but that wasn't too much of an issue, because my wife was almost always too tired to do much physical activity. I hope this helps.
A special report from Cancer Health.

A cancer diagnosis often means extreme financial stress—and fights with insurance providers.

When Melinda Bachini’s bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) spread to her lungs three months after surgery—currently the main treatment, offering the only chance for a cure—as a mom of six, she knew she would have to find another way to beat her cancer. Her oncologist found a clinical trial, which was a potential financial godsend since it meant the experimental treatment would be free. But there was a hitch: Bachini’s insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of standard medical care that went along with the trial. “I didn’t even know that was a possibility,” she says. “I just had no idea. I felt like the rug was pulled out from under my feet. I wasn’t willing to put my family in financial distress over the clinical trial, so we didn’t do it.” She and other cancer patients successfully lobbied her home state of Montana to change the law, but it was too late for Bachini to join that particular trial and benefit from her advocacy. (She eventually qualified for a different federally funded clinical trial that paid all her expenses.)

The financial toxicity of cancer—the high price of care,  along with the anxiety and suffering those financial burdens  often cause—is well known. Last spring, a study that analyzed 42 clinical trials of cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration between 2006 and 2015 found that drug costs ranged from $5,454 to $45,004 per month. The average monthly cost more than doubled in that decade, from $7,103 in 2006 to $15,535 in 2015. Prices have continued to rise, and new drugs are prescribed in combination, further increasing costs. With rising co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles for private insurance, patients have to bear more of the costs of treatment. In one study of 9.5 million people diagnosed with cancer, 42.4 percent said they exhausted their entire savings and all their assets within two years of their diagnosis.

Cancer Research News & Studies / Cancer Metabolism
« Last post by danialthomas on December 08, 2019, 02:57:49 pm »
Metabolism is the process of converting food into energy. Cancer needs a lot of energy to enable its unabated growth and spread. Cancer cell metabolism differs from normal cells from which they are derived, conferring cancer with metabolic advantages (but also affording opportunities for therapeutic intervention). Cancer cells alter their metabolism to support rapid proliferation, continuous growth, survival in harsh conditions, invasion, metastasis, avoidance of immune attack, and resistance to chemotherapy and radiation.

Normal cells derive most of their energy from a process called oxidative phosphorylation—also known as respiration—which takes place in the mitochondria. Studies in the late 1920s conducted by German scientist Dr. Otto Warburg found that, even in the presence of oxygen, most cancer cells choose to metabolize glucose outside of the mitochondria by aerobic glycolysis—also known as fermentation. This is termed the Warburg Effect, and even though it is less efficient than oxidative phosphorylation, aerobic glycolysis produces needed energy quicker, helps generate nucleotides (building blocks needed for tumor cell proliferation), and inhibits immune attack by decreasing the expression of major histocompatibility complex-1 (MHC-1) and tumor-associated antigens (TAAs).

If faced with insufficient glucose, to ensure their survival, cancer cells can turn to “Plan B” and shift their metabolism to derive energy from the amino acid glutamine and/or fatty acids. Glucose, glutamine, and fatty acids are the primary fuels that drive all cancers. To weaken cancer, we are pioneering the use of diet, meal timing, natural compounds, and repurposed medicines to starve the cancer of the glucose, glutamine, and fatty acids it needs to grow and spread.

When backed into a corner from dietary glucose, glutamine, and fatty-acid deprivation, cancer cells can turn to “Plan C” and use protective autophagy as a last resort to ensure their survival. Also known as the Reverse Warburg Effect, this is a process where adjacent stromal (connective tissue) cells—also known as cancer-associated fibroblasts or CAFs—are autophagocytized (self-digested) to create energy-rich compounds, such as lactate and ketones, to feed hungry cancer cells. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the Reverse Warburg Effect may be the chief mechanism driving cancer cell metabolism. If this is the case, there are natural compounds and repurposed medicines that can “uncouple” cancer cells from their associated fibroblasts, block protective autophagy, and inhibit the Reverse Warburg Effect.

Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS
Mount Dora, Florida

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