Hallwang Clinic #15 – Some lessons learned and helpful tips

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The bus-stop at Hallwang

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Updated 1 January, 2015 re. the importance of having a companion when you go for the trans-arterial chemoembolisation procedure with Professor Vogl in Frankfurt.

 

Here is a summary of my experiences which includes information on how to get to Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic, accommodation, a few other bits-and-bobs which didn’t fit into the posts I wrote previously, and how to send an enquiry.

Some people have accused me of being biased in favour Hallwang, and it’s true that I haven’t been to any other German cancer clinic, so there may be an element of truth there.

However, my experience at Hallwang was largely positive [apart from encounters with pointy sharp things] and as far as anyone can enjoy an experience in a cancer clinic, I was blessed in my stay there by the magnificent staff, the doctors, and the support, laughs and camaraderie of the patients there.  Had I gone there on my own, it may not have been such an uplifting stay.

Also, I met a few people who had been to other cancer clinics around the world (including other German clinics and Mexican clinics), and they had positive things to say about Hallwang.  One of the patient’s wives, a very gracious Southern-type belle from California with exacting standards said: “My god, Hallwang is like a spa!  If you wanna get cancer, get it at Hallwang!”

It’s therefore up to you, the reader, to do your research if you’re thinking of going to a German cancer clinic.  There are many clinics in Germany, and all of them have their good and bad points, and none is perfect.

23 July 2014:  Before you go to a German cancer clinic, get written confirmation from them that the chief doctor, or an oncologist will be on-site for the length of your stay.  This applies to any clinic which is dependent on a “star” doctor, and Hallwang which is currently going through staffing changes.

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Hallwang Clinic #13 – Whole-body hyperthermia

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Outside the clinic, snow lay thickly on the ground.  Inside, I lay under hot lamps, my core temperature raised to 39 degrees.  The doctor wiped my forehead with washcloths dipped into the snow from the balcony.  How cool was that?

This was my introduction to whole-body hyperthermia, two days after the trans-arterial chemoembolisation (TACE) treatment.

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Hallwang Clinic #11 – Meltdowns, downtime and handholding

Update 5 February, 2015:  please note that I have been receiving reports from patients that Hallwang Clinic’s services are not meeting expectations and Grace Gawler no longer runs Medi-Tours to Hallwang.  Therefore, before you go to Hallwang, please get it in writing that the oncologist and Prof Vogl will be there throughout your stay.

Think of a desert island filled with survivors of a shipwreck.  Life is filled with challenges.  In the midst of this stress, there is conflict.  These survivors have one goal in common: to stay alive.

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Hallwang clinic

Just like the desert island survivors, there is one goal in a German cancer clinic:  to stay alive.  The weeks spent in the clinic are crammed full of treatments in order to beat the cancer.  There may be challenges from the side-effects of the treatments.

Under these challenging circumstances, it would take a saint to remain calm and joyful 100% of the time.

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Hallwang Clinic #10 – Oncovirus/Antisense treatment

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Epstein Barr Virus

Updated 18 April 2014 re. Antisense treatment

 

 

(please note that I was under the assumption that the anti-viral treatment at Hallwang was the same as their Antisense treatment – this may not be the case, hence this re-write.  With many thanks to SH who drew this to my attention)

Antivirus Treatment

Numerous studies have now shown that some cancers can be caused by viruses.

These viruses insert themselves into the DNA of cells, and start replicating.  They turn off the cell’s protective mechanisms and cause the cells to divide without stopping.  The result is the same as cancer which is caused by uncontrolled cell growth.

Or they may damage chromosomes during the cell’s replication, resulting in powerful gene promoters which trigger oncogenes.

Viruses linked to cancer include:

Hallwang Clinic #7 – look ma – no veins! PICC line to the rescue

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PICC line/central venous line (after removal) with two lumens

Because of a series of high dose IV C infusions, my veins were non-existent or brittle as they hadn’t been flushed with saline after each session of IV C.

I had one or two faithful and hardworking veins which I trotted out whenever I needed blood tests or infusions.  But they were getting tough and bruised.  One of them was also in an awkward position, on the underside of the arm, next to the elbow.  Getting to it required advance yoga practice.

My experiences with IV C had included 5 attempts to find a vein.  So as you can imagine, I wasn’t looking forward to the multiple sharp-and-pointy experiences that awaited me at Hallwang.

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Hallwang Clinic #6 – boosting the immune system with infusions

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Updated 15 December 2013 with information on where to purchase Hepa-Mertz if you are living in the UK

One thing was sure, the clinic moved fast.  There wasn’t a day when I wasn’t doing treatments or infusions.  Five hours after I arrived I was hooked up to infusions.

Infusions are a way of introducing supplements and boosters intravenously.  They are very effective because they go straight into the bloodstream, where the body can immediately use them.

The infusions themselves weren’t expensive averaging Euro20 for a combination e.g Zinc, Vitamin C, Hepa-Mertz (a liver detox), Glutathione.  Compare this to the cost of a single dose of IV C in the UK at £150-£200, and it was like being in a candy store.

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Hallwang Clinic #5 – the long wait

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Hallwang4To recap:  on my first day at Hallwang, suspect lymph nodes were found and I was sent for a Pet Scan the following day.  The Pet scan was inconclusive, so a biopsy was taken.

All I had to do was wait for the results of the biopsy to find out if the cancer had metastasised.

You’d think it being Germany everything would be efficient and I would get the results asap.

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Hallwang Clinic #4 – German efficiency in action

Still stunned from the first day’s revelation that the cancer may have metastasised I was told I had to have a Pet scan the next day.  You can imagine the state I was in that evening.

German efficiency took over.  The next morning, I was woken up at 6.30am, and half-asleep and clutching a packed lunch that was prepared by Tanya of the clinic’s kitchen, was whisked away in a very swish Mercedes taxi to the Paracelsus Hospital in Ruit.  The taxi driver, Patrice, spoke very good English and apparently was going to see me through all the preparations for the Pet scan which was a relief as I didn’t even know what the German for Pet scan was.

Paracelsus hospital

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What I did next: Hallwang oncology clinic #1

Update 5 February, 2015:  please note that I have been receiving reports from patients that Hallwang Clinic’s services are not meeting expectations and Grace Gawler no longer runs Medi-Tours to Hallwang.  Therefore, before you go to Hallwang, please get it in writing that the oncologist and Prof Vogl will be there throughout your stay.

I decided that the clinic that seemed to offer me more bang for my bucks was Hallwang private oncology clinic.

Hallwang offered a personalised system of treatment based on the type of cancer, and the individual, using lab tests.  Also, it had a policy of outsourcing to experts the treatments that they could not provide themselves.

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What I did next: which overseas cancer clinic?

Update 5 February, 2015:  please note that I have been receiving reports from patients that Hallwang Clinic’s services are not meeting expectations and Grace Gawler no longer runs Medi-Tours to Hallwang.  Therefore, before you go to Hallwang, please get it in writing that the oncologist and Prof Vogl will be there throughout your stay.

 

I am not if stubborn (or naive).  I knew that the tumour had to come out, yet I was terrified of surgery.  And I was annoyed with myself for having allowed the tumour to progress and grow.  I wanted a better surgical outcome.

The complementary therapy clinics in the UK had not, so far, been able to offer me a satisfactory solution – I did not want to waste the rest of my life living with a tumour.

So I decided to look into the treatment of cancer in overseas clinics to see if they could offer me a better surgical outcome – to shrink the tumour and the lymph nodes and to get clear margins.  Also, I wanted if possible, to save the nipple.

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