Silver destroying Cancer

Silver Kills Some Cancer Tumors Better Than Chemotherapy, Says British Researchers

 

Will colloidal silver be the next new breakthrough in the war on cancer? 

 

Back in the 1970’s and ‘80’s, Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., best-selling author of The Body Electric and renowned pioneer researcher into the healing benefits of electrically generated silver ions conducted the first ground-breaking research demonstrating the effectiveness of silver against cancer cells.

Since then, very little clinical research into silver’s use as an anti-cancer agent has been conducted.  But out of the blue over the past several years, a small handful of new clinical studies demonstrating silver’s effectiveness against cancer cells and tumors have been published.

 

And just recently, British researchers have announced another new study demonstrating the surprising effectiveness of silver against cancer tumors.  Here’s the story that’s being overlooked by the U.S. news media…   

 

 

 

 

 

   

Hi, Steve Barwick here for www.TheSilverEdge.com

 

On February 2nd, the Daily Mail – one of Britain’s most popular newspapers – ran a surprisingly positive article on a new study demonstrating the use of silver to be effective against cancer tumors.

 

The headline of the article read: 

 

Silver bullet for cancer:

Metal can kill some tumors better than chemotherapy with fewer side effects

 

And the article began like this:

“Silver can kill some cancers as effectively as chemotherapy and with potentially fewer side effects, new research claims.

 Scientists say that old wives tales about the precious metal being a ‘silver bullet’ to beat the Big C could be true.

 The metal already has a wide range of medicinal uses and is a common antiseptic, antibiotic and means of purifying water in the third world.

 

And British researchers now say that silver compounds are as effective at killing certain cancer cells as a leading chemotherapy drug, but with potentially far fewer side-effects.”

Of course, the side effects of chemotherapy drugs can be unbearably harsh.  In fact, sometimes it’s the devastatingly toxic effects of chemotherapy drugs that end up killing the cancer victim before the cancer does.

So to see medical researchers now looking into silver as an anti-cancer agent – with the understanding that its safety profile is so much better than the toxic and often debilitating chemotherapy drugs – is indeed very heartening.

 

The Daily Mail article went on to say that silver’s widespread use in consumer products has already demonstrated its safety:

 

“The [researchers] compared it to Cisplatin, currently used to treat a wide variety of cancers, but known to have harsh side effects including nausea, vomiting and even kidney damage.

 Silver is used already in everyday products such as deodorant with no known side-effects, and could make for a potentially cheaper alternative to platinum-based Cisplatin.”

As the article further explained, the researchers are using a variety of silver-based chemical compounds in their studies, but they are honing in on the silver ions released by those compounds as the agent that actually kills the cancer:

 

“Researchers from the University of Leeds conducted lab tests which exposed breast and colon cancer cells to various silver-based chemicals over a six day period.

 Results, published in journal Dalton Transactions, showed that these silver-compounds were ‘as effective as Cisplatin’ at killing cancer with potentially fewer side effects.

 

While the team are still unsure about how exactly silver battles cancer, they think its effectiveness may be caused by the structure surrounding silver atoms, known as its ligand.

 They think this may help release the silver ion into cells when it enters the body, killing any cancer.”

All told, that’s probably the most positive article on silver the mainstream news media has published in recent years!

So it’s very heartening to see this kind of information on the healing benefits of silver being published by the mainstream media –

— even if it is in the stodgy British media, and not here in the U.S. where the environmentalist’s sensationalistic and misguided campaign against silver is getting all of the attention..   

 

   

More Interesting Studies…

 

Last year, in my article Colloidal Silver and Cancer, I wrote about several more of the most recent clinical lab studies demonstrating that nanosilver and colloidal silver are effective against certain types of cancer cells and tumors.

The article also contains a number of testimonials and anecdotal accounts regarding people who had used colloidal silver effectively against their own cancers.

What’s more, on the “Clinical Studies and Reports” page of TheSilverEdge.com web site…

…I’ve provided PDF copies of the following clinical studies (and one clinical white paper) demonstrating nanosilver and colloidal silver to be effective against cancer cells in the lab:

 

 

 

 

Dr. Robert O. Becker’s Unusual Discovery…

 

Of course, it was way back in the 1970’s and ‘80’s that Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., the famous pioneering researcher into the healing benefits of electrically generated silver ions…

…first discovered that under the right circumstances silver can actually change cancerous cells back into healthy cells.

In his laboratory, Dr. Becker generated silver ions directly into a cancer cell culture, using a machine very much like a modern colloidal silver generator that produced small, positive micro-amp currents of electricity.

 

Dr. Becker was able to cause the cancer cells to dedifferentiate, meaning they reverted to healthy primitive stem cells. 

These healthy primitive stem cells could then renew themselves through mitotic cell division and re-differentiate into specialized cell types.

In other words, if new heart cells were needed, they would become heart cells. If new prostate cells were needed, they would become prostate cells. And so on.

 

As Dr. Becker stated in chapter 8 of his bestselling book, The Body Electric:

 

“…we found that we could suspend mitosis in the fibrosarcoma cells with silver ions injected by minute levels of positive current.

 During one day of exposure, the cells appeared to dedifferentiate completely, and they stopped dividing for a month without additional treatment, even though we changed the nutrient medium regularly.

 Obviously, this entire subject needs to be investigated more thoroughly.”

 

This means the cancer cells not only stopped dividing and spreading,

but they also changed to non-cancerous cells 

 

Becker also stated, in his second best-selling book, Cross Currents, that a patient of his had a full recovery from cancer using this very same treatment:

“…we did find that some human cancer cells in culture appeared to dedifferentiate when exposed to these silver ions.

 I also had a patient with a severe, chronic bone infection who had an associated cancer in the wound.

 He refused amputation, which would have been the treatment of choice, and insisted that I treat his infection with the silver technique.

 After three months, the infection was under control, and the cancer cells in the wound appeared to have changed back to normal.

 When I last heard from him, eight years after the treatment, he was still fine.

 

Dr. Becker went on to explain that the key to his success in stopping cancer cells from dividing and spreading was in generating the silver ions directly into the cancer cells using very low currents of electricity. 

 

As Dr. Becker further stated in his book Cross Currents:

 

“It is important to realize that this is not simply an electrical effect, but the result of the combined action of the electrical voltage and the electrically generated silver ions. It is an electrochemical treatment.

 While we do not have firm evidence at this time, what probably happens is that the silver ion is shaped so as to connect with some receptor group on the surface of the cancer-cell membrane.

 After that connection is made, an electrical-charge transfer sends a signal to the nucleus of the cancer cell that activates the primitive-type genes, and the cell dedifferentiates.

 In that state it awaits instructions as to what it is to become.

…in this case the dedifferentiation is caused by the unexpected action of the positive silver ions.

 This technique obviously requires more study before any clinical use can be made of its antitumor effect.

 

However, it does appear to be a promising lead in an otherwise rather grim picture.”

So, while Becker’s method of using silver to cure cancer is quite different than what current medical researchers are doing…

…in that current researchers are using silver to kill cancer cells, whereas Becker used silver to revert cancer cells back to healthy cells…

…the very idea that silver could be effective against cancer has been around for a long time, and Dr. Becker is largely responsible for it.

Unfortunately, medical science unceremoniously dropped the ball on such research for well over 30 years since Becker’s original discoveries in the 1970’s and ‘80’s.   

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come

But that’s what’s so exciting about seeing these more recent clinical studies being conducted on silver and cancer.

In spite of the fact that modern researchers seem to be a bit late to the table, the use of silver as a safe, reliable, low-side effect cancer treatment is definitely an idea whose time has come. 

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As the author of the new study written up in the Daily Mail newspaper pointed out:

“This could lead to a cheaper, less toxic alternative to current treatments for cancer.

 …As many are unfortunately aware, chemotherapy can be a very grueling experience for the patient.

 Finding effective, yet non-toxic drugs is an ongoing problem, but these preliminary results are an important step in solving it.”

It’s certainly another fascinating line of research into the long suspected anti-cancer effects of silver.

And we can only hope the researchers continue with this line of medical research, for the benefit of all mankind.

Source: http://thesilveredge.com/Silver%20Kills%20Some%20Cancer%20Tumors%20Better%20Than%20Chemotherapy.shtml#.WHfT9Rt96Uk

Fast your way to retained youth and health

 

  • Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as “remarkable”.

    Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

    Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

    It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

    The researchers say fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

    “It gives the ‘OK’ for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system,” said Prof Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California.

    “And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.

    “Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”

    Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.

    During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.

    In trials humans were asked to regularly fast for between two and four days over a six-mnonth period.

    Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to ageing and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumor growth.

    “We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system,” added Dr. Longo.

    “When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Dr Longo said.

    “What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?”

    Fasting for 72 hours also protected cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy.

    “While chemotherapy saves lives, it causes significant collateral damage to the immune system. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy,” said co-author Tanya Dorff, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital.

    “More clinical studies are needed, and any such dietary intervention should be undertaken only under the guidance of a physician.”

    “We are investigating the possibility that these effects are applicable to many different systems and organs, not just the immune system,” added Prof Longo.

    However, some British experts were sceptical of the research.

    Dr Graham Rook, emeritus professor of immunology at University College London, said the study sounded “improbable”.

    Chris Mason, Professor of Regenerative Medicine at UCL, said: “There is some interesting data here. It sees that fasting reduces the number and size of cells and then re-feeding at 72 hours saw a rebound.

    “That could be potentially useful because that is not such a long time that it would be terribly harmful to someone with cancer.

    “But I think the most sensible way forward would be to synthesize this effect with drugs. I am not sure fasting is the best idea. People are better eating on a regular basis.”

    Dr Longo added: “There is no evidence at all that fasting would be dangerous while there is strong evidence that it is beneficial.

    “I have received emails from hundreds of cancer patients who have combined chemo with fasting, many with the assistance of the oncologists.

    “Thus far the great majority have reported doing very well and only a few have reported some side effects including fainting and a temporary increase in liver markers. Clearly we need to finish the clinical trials, but it looks very promising.”

    Source: Mass Report, Alt Health Works

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Colloidal Silver Champions Yet Again!

World’s Oldest Antibiotic Also Shows

Promise as an Anti-Cancer Therapy

 

Silver

 

Colloidal silver is a powerful healer, despite irrational FDA opposition to it.

Silver has been used medicinally throughout the ages, with great success. And now some very promising research is being done on silver as a cancer treatment. Patients have previously been treated with chemotherapy drugs containing another metal, platinum. In a head-to-head comparison against a leading platinum-based chemo drug, cisplatin, a silver-based drug was found to be just as effective—and far less toxic to normal cells than platinum. Dr. Charlotte Willans, the lead researcher, calls the research an important step in the quest for effective, non-toxic cancer treatments.

Silver also happens to be the world’s oldest known antibiotic. There’s written evidence that the ancient Egyptians made use of it; the ancient Greeks and Romans stored their water, wine, and other liquids in silver vessels to prevent spoiling and contamination; ancient Chinese emperors ate with silver chopsticks, and wealthy Europeans in the Middle Ages used silver utensils to protect themselves from illness (we still call our eating utensils “silverware” despite it being made from other metals these days).

In the 1800s and early 1900s, colloidal silver compounds were widely used to fight infections, though silver fell out of favor in the 1930s with the development of the first modern antibiotics. Even so, silver is still popularly used today to treat water, purify air, and is used in medical dressings prevent infection in burn victims. Very importantly in today’s world, germs cannot develop a resistance to silver.

The big problem with antibiotic drugs, we now know, is that bacteria can become resistant to them, adapting into “superbugs” that are very difficult to treat. The problem, as we noted in January, is exacerbated by overuse of antibiotics—particularly in animals raised for food, where 80% of US antibiotics are used.

Despite the long history of successful silver usage, including its current use in wound dressings and burn salves, the FDA’s official position is that silver is “not safe or effective for treating any disease or condition.” A 1996 FDA rule declared all over-the-counter silver products to be unsafe and “misbranded.”

The government and other skeptics often claim that colloidal silver can cause argyria—a condition in which the skin turns bluish gray. However, argyria has only been found to occur in response to prolonged exposure to or ingestion of silver compounds, especially silversalts, which are not present in true colloidal silver but are found in cheap imitations.

This was demonstrated rather dramatically in 2008 by Paul Karason, the fellow whom the news media dubbed the “Blue Man.” Although the news media continually reported that he was taking colloidal silver, interviews with Mr. Karason indicated that was apparently making his own silver compounds at home and ended up making silver chloride—a silver salt—which he both consumed in excessive quantities and regularly smeared on his skin before using tanning beds! Silver salt compounds are great for making photographic paper—but not for taking internally or applying to the skin.

A study published earlier this year demonstrated that bacteria are now mutating to evade vaccines for childhood pneumonia and meningitis. So we not only have antibiotic-resistant superbugs, we have vaccine-resistant ones as well. This is just the latest indication that the “miracle drugs” and vaccines of the mid-to-late 1900s are not standing the test of time.

Contrast this with colloidal silver, which has been used as a bactericide for over a millennium—and has never produced silver-resistant bacteria! The recent research into silver as an anti-cancer agent is exactly the kind of research that today’s medical experts should be exploring—and would be, but for FDA opposition.

Why is the FDA so stubbornly opposed? Presumably because the agency does not like competition for its approved patented drugs which are derived from natural sources. People dying from resistant bugs does not seem to move the FDA—they’re only interested in new patented drugs that might quell the superbugs, even though such drugs are not being produced much, and even when they are, they often prove to be too toxic to use.

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Shocking discovery about chemotherapy

Shocking confirmation :

Study accidentally exposes chemotherapy as fraud –

tumors grow faster after chemo!

Chemotherapy-Drug-Bag

by Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) A team of researchers from Washington state had a giant “Oops!” moment recently when it accidentally uncovered the deadly truth about chemotherapy while investigating why prostate cancer cells are so difficult to eradicate using conventional treatment methods. As it turns out, chemotherapy does not actually treat or cure cancer at all, according to the study’s findings, but rather fuels the growth and spread of cancer cells, making them much harder to stamp out once chemotherapy has already been initiated.

You might call it the “smoking gun” that proves, once and for all, the complete fraud of the conventional cancer industry. Not only is chemotherapy, the standard method of cancer treatment today, a complete flop, based on the findings, but it is actually detrimental for patients with cancer. Published in the journal Nature Medicine, the shock findings which, not surprisingly, are being ignored by the mainstream scientific community, highlight in full detail how chemotherapy causes healthy cells to release a protein that actually feeds cancer cells and causes them to thrive and proliferate.

According to the study, chemotherapy induces healthy cells to release WNT16B, a protein that helps promote cancer cell survival and growth. Chemotherapy also definitively damages the DNA of healthy cells, a long-term detriment that persists long after chemotherapy treatment is stopped. This combined action of healthy cell destruction and cancer cell promotion technically makes chemotherapy more of a cancer-causing protocol than a cancer-treatment protocol, by definition, a fact that should grab the attention of anyone personally familiar with having, or knowing someone else who has cancer.

“WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumor cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy,” explained study co-author Peter Nelson from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, about the findings, which he dubbed “completely unexpected.” “Our results indicate that damage responses in benign cells … may directly contribute to enhanced tumor growth kinetics,” added the entire team about what they observed.

Avoiding chemotherapy

improves health outcomes,

suggests research

What this means, for all intents and purposes, is that the entire process of chemotherapy is completely worthless, and is actually highly detrimental for cancer patients. Anyone searching for a real cure will want to avoid chemotherapy, in other words, and pursue an alternate route. This may include investigating alternative treatments like the Gerson Therapy (http://www.naturalnews.com/Gerson.html), or evaluating anti-cancer foods and nutrients like sodium bicarbonate, turmeric, high-dose vitamin C, and vitamin D.

“Whatever manipulations we’re doing to tumors can inadvertently do something to increase the tumor numbers to become more metastatic, which is what kills patients at the end of the day,” admitted Dr. Raghu Kalluri, author of a similar study published last year in the journalCancer Cell. This particular study found that cancer drugs, which are typically pushed alongside chemotherapy, cause tumors to metastasize.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nydailynews.com

http://naturalsociety.com/chemotherapy-makes-cancer-far-worse/

Shocking chemotherapy statistics. Selenium to prevent breast cancer

Shocking chemotherapy stats.

Selenium to prevent breast cancer

A doctor gives the lowdown on chemotherapy  – the statistics, the money and more 

Please click on this link to watch the short video :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HKNaB5RNj0

This is absolutely shocking, but a hard truth people need to hear…

Cancer – Cannabis oil – success story

Cannabis oil cured my cancer

Cannabinoid concentrated oil in the final stages of evaporation

by Jeff Ditchfield

Cancer free! This is the story (in his own words) of one of our cancer suffering friends
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My name’s Dave, it’s not my real name, I’m a 39 year old married family man with an 8 year old boy and twin girls.

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2008, with a tumour the size of an apple. During 2008 and November 2009 I took many conventional therapies.

I had Chemotherapy in tablet form which was combined with Radiotherapy at the same time. As the weeks went by the side effects of the chemotherapy increased and it was hard to take the tablets knowing that they would make me feel worse. The radiotherapy burnt me so badly that my skin blackened and I could no longer walk, my skin looked like the skin on a well cooked crispy duck!

I recovered from these treatments and the tumour reduced to the size of a pea. As it had reduced I could now have a procedure called Pappillion, this was a clinical trial and involved my tumour being zapped by a device which was inserted in my rectum. I endured three sessions and it was very, very painful.

Three months later and my tumour was growing again.

I now suffered another intrusive surgery called a THAMES, this involved them again going up my rectum but this time with a laser scalpel to cut the tumour away, after this operation I was informed that I should have a colostomy operation. After this painful operation I was subjected to more bouts of chemotherapy and after the third I felt as if I was dying and at the time death would have been a welcome release.

Over time I recovered and regular CT scans showed that I was cancer free until one scan showed hotspots on my lungs, three on the left lung and two on the right, I was gutted!

I had the bottom of my left lung removed, a biopsy found that it was bowel cancer that had spread to my lungs. I started to research other treatments for my condition and started to read about Rick Simpson and his cancer curing oil.

It was round this time that I was very lucky to be put in touch with a man who could provide the oil in the UK and I arranged to meet with him, after asking me many questions he gave me a syringe full of oil. Under his guidance I took a small blob and swallowed it.

The first effects could be felt within an hour, I felt the tightness and pain leave my chest and ribs and I could breathe more deeply and easily. I then began to feel a warm sensation and started to feel very stoned.

I took the oil daily in small amounts, four times a day and slowly increased the dose up to a gram a day.

At my next meeting with my Oncologist to discuss my latest scan results he informed me that the tumours on my right lung had reduced, I was lost for words.

My wife asked him if he knew anything about cannabinoids or the endocannabinoid system and neither of us were impressed by his answer or his negative attitude.

My new Guardian Angels again supplied me with another syringe of oil and I continued with the treatment.

The oil also had a very positive effect on my anxiety and I did not feel at all anxious when I was taking it. I also managed to gain the weight I had lost from the chemotherapy, the oil gave me my appetite back and I went from 9 stone to a healthy 12.

Then came the news I’d been praying for , my wife and I attended the appointment with my Oncologist and he commented on how well and healthy I looked, he seemed particulary pleased that I had put some weight on.

After reading through my file he said “the hotspots have reduced further on both sides” we queried him and he answered “ Yes, they’re no longer showing up on the CT scan!” again we sought clarification “Yes I’m sure”.

He showed us the scans on his PC and he started to read out various test results and my wife asked him to speak in plain language, despite this request he continued with the medical jargon and again had to be told to speak plainly.

My wife finally lost patience and asked him bluntly “if there are no hotspots showing anywhere does that mean he no longer has cancer?”, after a moments contemplation he answered “at this moment in time, you are cancer free”

I thought I’d misheard, “Sorry what was that?” My wife could see my confusion and she said “You’re cancer free love” I was in a total head spin! I couldn’t believe it, I was overwhelmed by feelings and I was welling up.

Due to the shock, I just sat there, I couldn’t take it all in and it was up to my wife to ask the Oncologist “Well, what happened?”

“It’s the surgery” the Doctor said. My wife responded saying that the surgery was many months ago and that the operation was on my left lung, there was no operation on the right lung.

My wife is a very determined lady so she kept pressing, “So again, how come he’s now cancer free?, it isn’t down to any surgery”

This Doctor has been against my use of the cannabis oil since I started on it a few months ago and every time I’ve brought the subject up he’s never wanted to discuss it but I was still shocked when he said “ Well in my professional opinion it’s down to surgery”

My wife and I both knew what had got rid of the cancer and it wasn’t surgery but the doctor was making it quite clear that we were at the end of our appointment so we left, my parting words were “Cannabinoids, research them”

The oil has helped me so much, it has saved my life and if that isn’t amazing enough there have been other positive effects. I used to suffer terribly with anxiety and with the oil I am not anxious at all, it’s enabled me to be relaxed in busy public places which is something that doesn’t normally happen.

I’d also say that I feel more ‘balanced’ it’s enabled me to put on weight, I had fantastic pain relief and it solved my insomnia, it’s amazing.

Yet despite all this my Oncologist isn’t interested, I feel totally let down by him and his attitude, he wasn’t pleased or excited by my results and infact he appeared lost and out of his depth. This was also the first time I’d seen him without a Nurse present, it’s never happened before, was he deliberately keeping the Nurse away from what I had to say?

I am going to request copies of my scans and test reults and I’ll give copies to Jeff

I’ve been reading up about the new strains of cannabis that are high in CBD, I’m still learning new things everyday about cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, it’s a fascinating plant.

The oil I was given was high in THC and 60 grams of this oil cured my lung cancer, I knew the oil was mostly THC because the first few doses felt quite ‘trippy’ with some mild psychedelic moments. I’ve never actually felt a highness like that before just from cannabis, it seemed more like LSD or mushrooms but it was all very positive and I feel that it was an important part of my cure. I don’t want to sound evangelical or too over the top but the highs helped me find the real me and they really lifted my depression.

10 grams of cannabis oil

I also want to thank my wife, who is my rock. She’s seen me sit in every corner of our home crying and now she sees me with the kids, helping around the home, even cut the lawn! It’s time for her now .I would also like to thank you guys for reading and sending me positive vibes, this along with a complete diet change has been a huge factor too!

8 Questions to ask your doctor

Eight Questions to ask your doctor

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Eight Questions For Your Cancer DoctorHere are eight questions to consider when you are discussing cancer treatment options with your doctors.

1. Is it alright if I tape this conversation?
When life and death decisions are at stake, conversations with oncologists and other physicians take on enormous importance. In addition, sometimes these conversations take place when the doctor is very busy. Given the subject, the hurried bedside manner of some physicians, and the emotional intensity for the patient and family, it can be very hard to listen, understand, and ask appropriate questions. Tape recording important conversations with your doctor(s) about treatment options is an excellent way to provide a record so that you can: 1) concentrate on listening; 2) do not have to worry about taking notes; 3) can focus on your questions; 4) can replay and review the conversation in a less stressful environment such as your own home to fully comprehend what the physician communicated.

An added benefit is that recording the conversation can facilitate more time with the doctor. When the oncologist knows the conversation is taped they may actually give you a few extra minutes. Furthermore, it provides an advantage to both you and your doctors if there is ever a question later about what was or was not promised.

Do not secretly tape record anyone. In many jurisdictions this is against the law. You should always obtain permission by telling your doctor(s) that you want a tape recording of the meeting/consultation so that you can review it later or you wish to share the conversation with a family member who could not be present at the meeting. In fact, it is always a good idea to use the first few seconds of the recording to have all the parties acknowledge that the meeting is being recorded with their permission.

2. Did you send my pathology (report and slides) to another hospital for a second opinion?
The pathology of your tumor cells tells pathologists whether you actually have cancer and what kind. Having a second look/opinion by another pathologist from another hospital helps ensure that you have been properly diagnosed. There have been unfortunate situations when patients have been treated inappropriately because the wrong kind of cancer was diagnosed. In many hospitals it is standard practice to “send the slides out” for a second opinion. You may want to check to ensure this step was taken in your case and find out who rendered the second opinion and what they concluded.

3. Do you have any financial or research interest in this treatment you are recommending? For example, are you being paid by a drug company when you prescribe these drugs? Do you consult for the drug company that makes these drugs?
Some oncologists have financial arrangements with various drug makers or other financial incentives that could be construed as a conflict of interest. You should find out whether your doctor(s) has any financial or research interest in recommending a certain treatment.

4. How many patients have you treated with my exact same cancer? Same age and same cancer? Which treatments did you use? Are any of the patients still alive? Can I speak with them?
You want to get a good idea of what the oncologist’s experience is with the various treatments being recommended. You should find out how many patients (your age with the exact same cancer) they have treated with each therapy. Ask if you can speak to these other patients. Other patients (like you) who have been administered the same therapy by the same oncologist(s) can provide valuable insight into what to expect.

5. Did any patients have side-effects from the treatment? What were they? What was the worse side-effect? Did anyone die from the treatment, not the cancer?
Some patients do not die from their cancer, but die from the treatment. You should ask questions to learn how toxic the therapy is.

6. Are these drugs FDA approved for treating my cancer?
Many cancer drugs are not FDA-approved for the use for which they are prescribed. (This is called “off-label” use.) In fact, some drugs that are widely used for a particular cancer may never have been approved for safety or efficacy for that use by the FDA. It is valuable to know if any of the drugs the oncologist intends to prescribe would be used “off label” and if so, why the oncologist is comfortable with that use.

7. Can you show me where the survival information comes from? Is it reported in the peer-reviewed published medical literature? Can you give me a copy of the article?
Cancer Monthly provides survival information from the medical/scientific literature – journals your doctors should be familiar with. The oncologist should be able to support any survival/prognosis claim they may make with data or published studies that they can share with you. Be wary, if they can not support their claims of a potential cure with medical studies or with examples of other patients they have treated.

8. What is my prognosis with no treatment?
Comparisons are very seldom made between the results of a clinical trial and those patients who received no adjuvant treatment (i.e. no therapy beyond surgery). When survival and quality of life comparisons are made, they are usually made between two or more treatments, not between treatment and no treatment. It is very difficult, therefore, for an oncologist to objectively answer the question how long did the treated patients live and what was their quality of life compared to those who received no adjuvant therapy. Nonetheless, it may be of interest to ask your doctor for a reference/study that discusses this. Be advised that such studies may not be available.

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