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Originally posted by Mirthful Me
Would best come from the attending neurosurgeon, and oncologist. The factors for determining the short and long term outcome is based on a variety of factors, including tumor type (specifically the cell type), the staging of the tumor, the location of the tumor (where exactly it is/was in the brain?), the perceived success of the surgery (was it completely resected, were the margins clean, was a portion deemed inoperable?), the overall health and any mitigating health factors (diabetes, hypertension). Then there is the efficacy of subsequent treatment, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and wellness regimen, how they are implemented, and the mental well being of the patient are all critical to the five year survivability standard.
No one on the internet can provide anything more than anecdotal commentary, and to cling to anything that is posted is akin to burying your head in the sand. Case in point, two great athletes have been diagnosed with cancer, Lance Armstrong suffered through a horrific bout with metastatic testicular cancer. He went on to win the Tour de France seven times. Eugene Upshaw was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and died a couple of days later. There is no clinical correlation between the two, it's anecdotal at best, and that's all any internet assessment could be.
It's best to leave this to the attending physicians... They didn't go to medical school for nothing.
Originally posted by clay2 baraka
My girlfriend's ex recovered from a brain tumor a year ago. He was very close to death and even collected his life insurance before the tumor resided.
He swears that his recovery is due to a strict "alkaline diet" he started. He drank fresh wheatgrass shots three times a day and ate all vegetables.
Interestingly enough, Ted Kennedy's doctor contacted him a few months back to ask how he was able to fight the cancer. I am not sure how he found out about the recovery, but the alkaline diet is worth a try. At the very least it is very healthy.
Originally posted by mental modulator
reply to post by altered_states
1.Has anybody or knows of anybody been through this? yes... my father was diagnosed
three years ago... at the time he was only given three months to live.
2. Are these the effects of the operation? there was a dramatic change after his operation - his mobility was no more, coordination no more, personality changed and time/space seemed different for him...
3. Are these the effects off the radiotherapy? depends upon the person... my father
did not seem effected at all,,, although most patients feel awful. The actual surgery and extraction of the tumor is what messed him up not the chemo/radiation.
4. Will she regain her memory even just a little bit? this depends on what has caused her mem loss, the site of the tumor, lack of blood flow in the region, blood chemistry...
The hard is this for me was becoming accustom to the "NEW" pops (dad).
TBI (traumatic brain injury) is the most common side effect of brain cancer and its treatment. You can WIKI TBI - there are some support groups for this but unfortunately the "Decider" decided cut the national funding to $100,000.00 for the whole country.
I'm sorry if I am not helpful enough, please feel free to leave a message on my profile page which will serve to notify me if you have any more questions in this thread.
don't be shy and hang in there.
Originally posted by Uphill
There are a number of published testimonials about recovery from brain cancer by (or about) those who consult a macrobiotic counselor. These counselors can and have worked in a team with qualified medical professionals during cancer recovery efforts. Here is one such testimonial from a U.S. - based macrobiotic institute (which uses the leading method of alkaline-acid balance):
The macrobiotic community now includes millions of people around the world. Far from being a fad or extreme diet, macrobiotic meals are based on nutrient-dense foods available to traditional cultures around the world for the last several thousand years. The U.S.-based Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is one of the leading traditional physician groups which offers on its website to work with macrobiotic counselors and clients/patients.
Here is a brief excerpt from a book titled "The Cure is in the Kitchen" about healing from brain cancer observed by a U.S. board-certified physician, Sherry A. Rogers, MD:
"While I was at a week-long (macrobiotic) seminar in the Berkshires, one young man from Europe had come there weeks prior, bedridden with a brain tumor. The week I was there was his first week out of bed. At the beginning of the week, he could barely walk, barely swallow and had an obvious facial paralysis on one side. When he closed his eyes to say prayer before dinner, he could not close the lid of one eye. Instead the eye rolled up into the head so the large, white globe was all that one could see. By the end of the week he was walking, smiling, talking, had no facial paralysis and his eyes and lids were conjugate and normal. ...While there, I met another young lady from South America who had been sent home by the most prestigious medical center in the U.S. to die of her brain tumor. Bedridden, she was taken to the Berkshires (site of the Kushi Institute, a leader in macrobiotic counseling) and today is beautifully healthy and has the nuclear magnetic resonance imaging scans to prove it."
The Cure is in the Kitchen, by Sherry A Rogers; Copyright 1991 by Prestige Publishers; 349p.; paperback.
Current prices for this book are on Amazon and on that publisher's website:
On the back cover of the book, the publisher discusses the professional qualifications of Dr. Rogers: "Sherry A. Rogers, MD, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, a Fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology, and a Fellow and former Director of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. ...The common goal of her current research projects in progress is that of helping people adapt to the 21st century without resultant chronic disease."
Altered, I hope this info is helpful to you. Peace and blessings to you and your family.