How to Monitor Your Healing Progress

Develop and implement your anti-cancer diet and lifestyle plan

Once you have done your research and formulated a comprehensive healing plan it is time to put that plan into action.

This plan should be based on intensive nutrition in order to flood the body with the nutrients that it is lacking, along with herbs and supplements, anti-cancer therapies, detoxing protocols, an exercise plan, and the implementation of relaxation techniques. My recommendation would be to create a daily chart that includes a checklist all of the dietary, supplement, and alternative protocols that you will be doing, with the addition of a daily diary that you can use to record how you are feeling along with any reactions that you are experiencing.  Two indicators that you are on the right path are: having a reduction in cancer-related pain and having an increase in your energy levels. By documenting your progress you can ensure that you are on the right path or this can help you in determining if you need to make any adjustments to your plan.

Please be aware that the body does heal itself in phases, so you may have many ups and downs during this time period. You actually may become very ill, this is referred to as a healing crisis (this can feel like having the flu), or you may experience some body odor, or you may develop skin lesions, or you may experience some bowel issues. These may sound scary, but they are all signs that your body is in the process of detoxing. Your body has the ability to release toxins through several different pathways, so you will want to support it as much as you can. You can read more about detoxification methods here.

Your body will progress through these up and down phases of detoxification, and then it will move onto reparation and and regeneration.  Your progress may seem slow or sporadic, but it is important remember that it took years to develop this cancerous situation so it will take at least 2 years (or longer) in order to fully heal from it.  This is especially true when it has spread to the lymph nodes or if there is organ involvement.  Your goal is to monitor your progress and look for positive trends by monitoring how you are feeling combined with regular testing.  Many things can happen that may lead you to believe that you are not be progressing fast enough, but having some initial baseline testing done prior to starting your routine should help to provide you with some confirmation that you are on the right path. Look for positives, be organized and consistent with your program, continue to research, and plan on staying on this course for the long-term.

Give yourself at least 90 days on your plan and then you can have some blood work and/or scans done to check on your progress.

  1. Your best case scenario after 90 days on an intensive healing program is that your tumor markers are showing some signs of regression and that you have a reduction in your cancer-related pain. You may also have more energy and are feeling better.  If this is the case, you should continue with your plan and test again in 90 days.
  2. It is more likely that you will have some tumor stabilization. While this may not be the immediate results that you were looking for, this actually means that your body has stopped producing more cancer and has begun the healing process.  Questions to ask:  Have your pain levels decreased? Has your energy level improved? What doesn’t feel right to you?  What changes do you want to make to your program?  Look for the positives and test again in 90 days.
  3. Tumor growth continues to progress unchecked.  Are you doing enough in your protocol?  Are your stress levels too high? Do you need to address some emotional issues?  Are you, or someone close to you sabotaging your plan somehow?  It may be time to intensify or to make some major changes to your program and then test again in 90 days.

Baseline testing

This is an initial measurement that is taken before starting your program and these numbers will be used for comparison over time. For example, the blood markers and tumor size can be measured before treatment (the baseline) and then afterwards to see if the treatment had an effect.  The tests below can be used to track your progress.  You will want to do all of your blood testing and any scans with your main doctor so that your insurance will cover the costs of these tests.

Blood testing for cancer markers

CEA – This test measures the amount of protein that may appear in the blood of some people who have certain kinds of cancers, including cancer of the colon or rectum. It may also be present in people with cancer of the pancreas, breast, ovary, or lung.   A normal reading is less than 3

CA 125- is often measured as a blood test marker for ovarian cancer.  A normal reading is 0-35

CA 15-3-  is a breast cancer marker.  A normal reading is less than 30.

CA 19-9- is a test for colorectal, gastric. and pancreatic cancers.  A normal reading is under 36

PSA- is a prostate specific antigen which tests for prostate cancer markers.  A normal reading is under 4

Various imaging tools that are available

CT scans can be used to detect any new tumors but it cannot determine if those new tumors are cancerous. It is not reliable when measuring subtle changes in tumor size and this can lead people to believe that their tumor has grown, even when that is not the case and this can often lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment of many breast cancers.  It will expose you to 1000 times more radiation than having an x-ray .

PET scan. This is a CT scan that has the addition of a radioactive glucose tracer to specifically check for cancer.  The glucose is absorbed by the cancer and this will light up the imaging.  The radiation exposure is 1000 times that of an x-ray

MRI- magnetic resonance imaging uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce an image. It can spot lesions and tumors but it cannot determine if it they are cancerous. There is no radiation exposure with this method so it is much safer. Insurance may not cover MRI when/if other options are available.

Ultrasound imaging uses high frequency sound waves to check for tumor size and progression.

Thermography tests for inflammation in the body and can spot precancerous and cancerous situations by recognizing subtle temperature changes of the body that occur with increased blood flow to tumors. This test does not use radiation and will not be covered by insurance.  You can read more about thermography with this link.

Urine or blood testing offered by private companies

The Navarro Urine Test measures the amount of HCG in the urine.  A test result below 50 can be used as confirmation that you don’t have cancer, over 50 means there is a probable cancer. The higher the number, the more cancer there is. This test is $55.00 and is about 70% accurate.  If you know have been diagnosed with cancer yet this test does not detect it, then it is not going to be the right testing method for you.  Link to the Navarro website

The ONCOblot blood test identifies a specific type of protein in the blood, ENOX2, which exists only on the surface of a malignant cancer cell. The ENOX2 proteins are shed into the circulation and can be detected in the blood. These proteins serve as highly sensitive markers for confirmation of cancer presence.  Link to their website,

American Metabolic Laboratories Cancer Profile is based on the premise that detectable biochemical changes occur in the human body during its transformation into a cancerous state.  It is composed of 7 tests:  HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) chemiluminescence assay serum and urine quantitative tests (American Metabolic Laboratories is the one and only clinical laboratory performing quantitative analysis for urine in the entire world).  The PHI (phosphohexose isomerase enzyme); CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen); GGTP (gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase); TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone); and DHEA-S (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate). Link to their website

Chemo-sensitivity and natural compound testing

RCGG (aka the Greece or Greek test) will test many chemotherapeutic compounds and natural compounds to see what specific compounds your cancer cells may be sensitive to and this will give you an idea of what may be the most effective compounds to include in your healing plan. This test costs around $2500 and is not covered by insurance. Link to their website

More information

It may take some time to find a supportive doctor who is willing to monitor your progress with blood tests or scans without further treatments.

It is important that you are not pressured into something that you don’t want to do. Don’t get impatient during this time and don’t be talked into having conventional therapies because your doctor feels that you aren’t healing fast enough.  Remember that it takes at least two years to fully heal from cancer.

Stress and anxiety can mess with your immune system and can hamper the healing process. What are you doing to relieve stress in your life? You can read more about stress relieving techniques with this link.

It is very possible to stop the growth of cancer and to live with the tumor. Cancer cannot take over your body if it cannot grow and spread.

Don’t ever go back to your old diet and lifestyle, this is true even after healing has taken place

Additional Reading

Cancer cannot survive in an oxygenated alkaline environment

A hypothetical diet and supplement program

Juicing for those with cancer

Detoxing the body

Stress relieving techniques

 

 

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