Happy 2017 and a video: Natasha Laing – from Stage 4 breast cancer to remission

Happy 2017.  I am still alive!

To all of you who are struggling in your journeys with cancer, I want to share this interview of a friend of mine, Natasha Laing.

Natasha had Stage 4 breast cancer with mets to the lungs and bones which deteriorated until she was placed in a hospice.

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Best of Breast: news for week ending 19 September 2014

Medical developments and research from the world of breast cancer and cancer, for the week ending 19 September 2014.

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Ionising Radiation – Dose Ranges.  Image credit: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/02/16/going-bananas-over-radiation/

After a year in which I’d had four Pet-CTs and was starting to glow in the dark, I asked my surgeon for an MRI instead of a Pet-CT and was told that he wasn’t familiar with this method of imaging for breast cancer.  This week, a study shows that the combination of Pet plus MRI is more effective than Pet plus CT, which is vindication, to some extent.  MRIs are also more effective than mammograms in diagnosing breast cancer, but of course, they are also more expensive, so for the time being, mammograms are going to rule.

The second item is about spontaneous remissions.  According to wikipedia, a spontaneous remission

“also called spontaneous healing or spontaneous regression, is an unexpected improvement or cure from a disease that appears to be progressing in its severity. These terms are commonly used for unexpected transient or final improvements in cancer.”

I’ve only met three people who had spontaneous remissions.  One is Anita Moorjani, another was a woman with inoperable breast cancer who used QiGong to heal her cancer [she still had her tumour, but it was indolent and she’s still hale and hearty 20 years on, at the age of 80!], and a third was a woman with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma who used QiGong, nutrition and heavy supplementation and enemas. Kelly A. Turner has written a book about spontaneous remissions.  She is not the first person to write about spontaneous remissions, but what’s handy about her book is how she categorises common lifestyle choices in people who experienced spontaneous remissions.

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image credit: hjd.med.nyu.edu

1.  PET/MRI improved detection of metastases in breast cancer

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Best of Breast: news for week ending 18 April 2014

Updated March 2016 – For more information on GcMAF, please join the GcMAF and GcMAF Cancer forums on Facebook – they are closed groups, so you have to wait for your membership to be confirmed.  They contain up-to-date information on sources of GcMAF, and also feedback and contributions  by people who are using GcMAF.

New developments on Breast Cancer and Cancer, culled from Google Alerts, for the week ending 18 April 2014.

Well, I was all geared-up for a glut of news developments because the American Association for Cancer Research recently held its annual conference, and was disappointed.  Maybe the doctors are still partying away in San Diego!

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image credit: revealtherapies.com

For me, the top two eyecatchers this week is a study being done on spontaneous remissions – whether there is any genetic basis behind these miracle cures – and a blood test that has been developed that can predict recurrences.  The final item is an editorial in Nature Journal about how we need a new approach to studying the genetics of cancer, it’s a long article about the Cancer Genome Atlas.  What the article is saying is that the Cancer Genome Atlas has done a great job in amassing huge amounts of data, but simply cataloguing cancer mutations in the hope of finding a pattern isn’t delivering much-anticipated breakthroughs – we need to focus on the function of these genes as well.

Five people I’ve met who’ve had spontaneous remissions …

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