March 3, 2005
Here is my cancer information. Now I am told that the treatment for
all cancer is different. But here is what the doctor used in my case
and what I did. Be sure to consult your doctor for advice in your
The cancer I had was colon cancer that took 8 years to spread to my
left lung. It was inoperable; there was a 2Ē tumor & spots on my
I received CHEMOTHERAPY-FOLFAX / LEUCOVORIN / OXALIPLATIN / 5FU
I had treatments for 5 days in a row then I had 11 days off. I did
this for 4 months. My doctorís name is Dr. Steven Limotanie. He is
here in Charlotte, NC.
I also took vitamins A B C D E, one aspirin a day, I took 4 Barley
Green tablets a day (called Green Supreme) they have a 900 number:
1-800-358-0777. You can take up to 10 of these a day. Simply put,
itís just Godís green grass! I ate anything GREEN I could get my
hands on, lots of vegetables and fruit. I feel that this kept my
immune system working well and my blood cell count up.
I would suggest getting a book on nutrients and taking what you feel
will work for you. It sure canít hurt, even so let your doctor know
what you are taking. I drank Slim Fast everyday as it too is filled
with vitamins and gives you energy.
Listen to your body! If you feel you are receiving TOO MUCH Chemo or
radiation, tell your doctor! Donít be afraid to get a second or
third opinion! I have had 3 girlfriends die as a result of too much
chemotherapy. So it is crucial that you receive the correct amount
and the correct mixture for YOUR body. Get regular CAT scans and PET
scans! I have them every 3 months.
The last month I decided that I was going to stop chemo early. I
felt it was doing my body more harm than good. I did that! I stopped
and took a months rest from it. And I was right! I did the CAT scan
and PET scan before Iíd take any more treatments and found out I
didnít NEED any more chemo! Had I not taken that upon myself,
listened to my body, I would have had a month of chemo that I did
not need. I did this with my doctorís cautious blessing! Ha! Ha! But
with or without it I would still have done the same thing. BE A PART
OF THE DECISIONS MADE ON YOUR BEHALF! Donít be afraid to ASK
QUESTIONS! WHY was my constant question.
My doctor said something to me that I felt was very informative.
Many times chemo and the amount you need is trial and error. That is
why they call medicine a ďPRACTICEĒ! I started my chemo in
California. When I got to Charlotte, my doctor cut the dose they
were giving me by 25%. If you feel like you are getting too much, if
the chemo is making you too sick, you might be. Ask your doctor to
try a smaller dose and see if it compromises anything. BE A PART OF
YOUR CANCER CURE.
I believe that one of the most important parts of cancer treatment
is your determination to get well! A good attitude! I tried to live
and do as much as I possibly could, a NORMAL schedule. I walked
every day, even if I was tired. I went out to eat, even though I
could not taste a thing. It was good for my morale. I shopped; it
was good for my morale! Ha-ha! I even traveled and did church
services even though I could hardly talk. The cancer had partially
paralyzed my left vocal chord.
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