Pancreatic Cancer

Alternative Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer with Photo-dynamic Therapy

A few years ago I attended the Australian Health and Medical Research as a presenter.

The presentation I was most interested in was pancreatic cancer, because it is nearly always fatal within a few months, and I was hoping they had come up with something new for pancreatic cancer.

There were very few pancreatic cancer presentations because most people are afraid to tackle pancreatic cancer due to the poor prognosis, but Peter Mac had a pancreatic cancer research presentation. It started with a cartoon of a pancreatic cancer patient, the doctor saying "You have pancreatic cancer so you only have a few months to live, but with chemotherapy we can make it SEEM like MUCH LONGER". I found that offensive, might be funny to an oncologist but not to a patient faced with pancreatic cancer.

He quoted the statistics, average survival of pancreatic cancer is six months, then he described their latest pancreatic cancer research, chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. They divided the pancreatic cancer patients into a non-treated and a treated group, all with pancreatic cancer of the same stage.

In all they subjected over 180 pancreatic cancer patients to a "new" chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer for the balance of their lives, and announced that the chemotherapy extended pancreatic cancer survival by 7 days!! I don't know about you, but if I had pancreatic cancer I would rather enjoy six months sitting on a beach with a bottle of wine than suffer through six months and seven days of vomiting and being poisoned daily.

Actually if I had pancreatic cancer I would not do either of those options, I would set about controlling and eliminating it, which can be done with alternative treatments. We will cover alternative treatment for pancreatic cancer, but let's look at conventional first.

There are a few honest pancreatic studies out, but they are quite grim. The fact is pancreatic cancer does NOT respond to chemotherapy. If you have an oncologist recommending chemo for pancreatic cancer ask him / her to show you 3 independent studies with extended long term pancreatic cancer survival before you submit.. they can't, they don't exist.

What about the famous whipple surgery?

Surgery is only considered an option in the earliest stage of pancreatic cancer, and even then the success rate is quit low.

Extracted from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2023937/

Pancreatic cancer remains a lethal disease. Although there are many reports on the survival rates of pancreatic cancer patients after surgical resection, the clinicopathological characteristics that influence long-term survival over 5 years remain controversial. Here, we clarify the favourable prognostic factors for long-term survival. One hundred and eighty-two patients with pancreatic cancer underwent surgical resections from 1981 to 1997 in our department. Among them, eight patients survived for at least 5 years after the surgery.

So what, if anything, can be done for advanced pancreatic cancer?

Of course it depends as always on the stage of pancreatic cancer. Very early pancreatic cancer can be treated a variety of ways successfully, but it is uncommon to have pancreatic cancer diagnosed in the early stage. Typically by the time it is detected pancreatic cancer is already stage 2 or 3.

What we know and have already demonstrated with the links above is that surgery, chemo and radiation are as usual totally worthless, do more harm than good and virtually never are able to stop pancreatic cancer or even extend life considerably.

There are two protocols which have shown some success with pancreatic cancer, neither of which are stunning but both give better control of pancreatic cancer than conventional pancreatic cancer treatment with chemo surgery and radiation.

One protocol is basically diet along with large doses of porcine pancreatic enzymes. There is a list of several long term survivors which is impressive here

One of the things you must learn about survival stories is that it is always possible to find some survivors, and if you have treated 1,000 patients it is normal to have several impressive survival stories, but you must find out how many did NOT survive, and that is the weakness in the link above regarding long term pancreatic cancer survival with diet and pancreatic enzymes. You get a better picture of Dr. Gonzales work if you read this.

When you take into consideration the fact that of 11 patients only 4 have survived 3 years it is clear this is not a perfect treatment for pancreatic cancer, but if I had pancreatic cancer and did not have my own protocol I would certainly consider these results to be better than conventional pancreatic cancer treatment. It is no mean feat keeping that many alive that long with such a deadly disease. If you can not get to or afford better treatment, it is certainly an option.

Pancreatic cancer has also been treated with injections of alpha-lipoic acid and low dose naltrexone. Alpha-lipoic acid is referred to as an anti-oxidant, but if you look into details you find that it stimulates pro-oxidant apoptosis of pancreatic cancer cells, so here is another case of something called an anti-oxidant which has pro-oxidant activities. I believe Alpha-lipoic acid effects the extracellular metalloproteinase, and this breaks down the barrier around pancreatic cancer tumors.

In regard to cancer I find the low dose naltrexone far more interesting and significant. There is a decent article on low dose naltrexone here.

In regard to using alpha-lipoic acid and low dose naltrexone for pancreatic cancer, all I have been able to find is ONE story about long term survival of ONE patient which is repeated over and over, and now another report about 3 patients.

As I mentioned before, this is not significant because they don't discuss how many pancreatic cancer patients received this treatment and did NOT survive.

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