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Hi,

I know one person recently who had a brain met and was treated in Seattle and it went away. I will try to find out what treatment was used.

In the mean time, a few thoughts:

1) Check out my response in the following thread, it has a lot of good info for you to read about things that can help:

http://www.foundhealth.com/questions/desperate-mom-looking-for-suggestions-on-diet-supplements-and-integrative-treatment-for-19-year-old-son

2) Have the docs considered Gamma Knife surgery? I've heard good things about the results for brain mets and melanoma.

3) Check out Alpha Lipoic Acid - it crosses the blood brain barrier and has been shown to cause melanoma brain cancer cell apoptosis (cancer cell death).

I hope that helps.

Regards,

Mike

Hi,

I know one person recently who had a brain met and was treated in Seattle and it went away. I will try to find out what treatment was used.

In the mean time, a few thoughts:

1) Check...

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Answered b-raf and melanoma 10 years ago

Hi Cathy,

Thanks for connecting. I completely understand how this can get discouraging. melanoma is tough to battle when it gets to the more advanced stages. However, it can be beaten, and many, many people have beaten it and are living. Many of those people beat it long before any of the more recent therapies have come out. So just because you can't use those particular treatments, doesn't mean at all that you can't beat it. Frankly, there are hundreds and hundreds of treatments for melanoma, and no one treatment works for all people. In fact, even the most successful treatments still only work ( meaning fully cancer free for 5 or 10+ years) for a small % of people. And each one seems to work for a different type of person -- to the point where the doctors unfortunately can't point you to the exact treatment that is sure to work for you. I cite that not to discourage you but to encourage you -- there are lots of other treatments to try that might work for you. I am an optimist, and I believe that if you work hard and fight, you can win. I really believe that and I've seen it work. Also, I believe that with late stage melanoma, you have to fight with "all your guns." Meaning, its a all-out-war, and you should not hold back. Change your diet. Work on mind-body exercises. Take herbs and supplements. Do western treatments. Exercise. Etc. Etc. Use all of the tools or "guns" at your disposal to battle, because I beleive each one of them can and will help you in your fight.

If I were you, I would connect with two people who I've posted about on the site:
http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/keith-block-md

http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/mark-l-renneker-md

They can both evaluate the type of melanoma and help you navigate the treatment options and doctors to help figure out which ones might be most likely to succeed. There are also many other tests beyond B-RAF and C-KIT than can help narrow down other treatments. Both of those people know the tests and can help get you connected with them.

There are also many options outside the US. There are clinics in Mexico (which I generally don't recommend as a first step, but I do know some people who have gone there and had success). There is a doctor in Argentina and one on Germany who have both had very good success from what I understand beating "incurable" forms of melaoma.

Bottom line, it's ok to feel discouraged, that is only natural. But don't stay discouraged because YOU CAN BEAT THIS!!! I can't tell you how many times along the path in helping my wife beat the stage 4 melanoma she was facing, we hit bumps in the road, points of indecision, points where we lacked direction, etc. Those were dark and challenging times that felt like we'd been punched, and knocked down on the ground. The key though, is to know that you can win, to get back up, and to keep searching for the answer.

I'm around and available any time if you have more questions, etc.

Regards,

Mike

Hi Cathy,

Thanks for connecting. I completely understand how this can get discouraging. melanoma is tough to battle when it gets to the more advanced stages. However, it can be beaten, and many,...

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Answered Melanoma in Lymph nodes - help 10 years ago

Hi Mrs CM,

You're doing the right thing by reaching out and searching. You would not believe how much I found that no doctors ever told me, by doing my own searching when my wife was facing this. Let me try to address a number of the things you've asked about:

1) You definitely DO NOT need to just "sit around and wait" like the doctors are telling you. There are many supplements you can take that can, in my very strong opinion, help reduce the risk of a reoccurrence. My wife is now nearly 4 years out after stage 4 melanoma, with no evidence of any more cancer. Every day, for 5 years, she has been taking a number of different supplements, and she has adjusted her diet. I found very clear evidence that made me believe these things work, and they are part of why she is doing do well. You can read about them in the melanoma section of FoundHealth, but in my opinion, the most important ones are: Melatonin, Maitake D, Vitamin D3 , Cellular Forte, and Immpower. There are many more, but I would at least start with those. I wrote a bit about dosage here: http://www.foundhealth.com/questions/desperate-mom-looking-for-suggestions-on-diet-supplements-and-integrative-treatment-for-19-year-old-son

As for the diet, the general rule of thumb is that you want to cut back on inflammation-inducing foods. In short, that means less meat and more veggies (particularly cruciferous vegetables).

2) From what I have heard recently, there actually ARE tests you can do to test for cancer and also cancer markers in your blood. I don't recall what they are, buy keep on digging for them b/c I believe they exist. They're likely not perfect, but sometimes an added layer of protection helps. My wife doesn't do them though. She feels like the regular scans are good enough.

The problem with the PET scan, is that is has a low resolution. I don't remember what exactly it is, but it can only detect tumors once the get past a certain size. The CT scan can detect tumors or masses that are smaller than the PET, however, it can't confirm that it is cancer (which the PET can do). Tine was getting combination PET/CT scans for a long time, b/c the two pieces of information together provide a better screening tool.

3) My wife is also 38, and we've had the same debate about kids. Not very easy to deal with. Her situation is more complicated b/c her case was a lot more advanced than yours. I don't mean to scare you here, but there is some evidence that suggests the fertility drugs they give you to stimulate multiple egg production can increase your risk of cancer recurrence. Its only by a very small amount (don't remember exactly, but something like 3%). Also, it was only one study that showed this. Even though its a small amount, and limited study, my wife and I decided that we would not go down that path. So we are actually in search now for ways to stimulate egg production in a more natural way. We've just started this journey, so don't have much to share on it now.

I hope that helps. If I can answer any other questions, please ask.

Mike

Hi Mrs CM,

You're doing the right thing by reaching out and searching. You would not believe how much I found that no doctors ever told me, by doing my own searching when my wife was facing this. ...

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Hi Jill,

First of all, your husband can beat this! I hope you guys don't let anyone tell you otherwise. There are so many resources out there that can help, not the least of which is his own ability to fight and win. You two are 100% right about keeping a positive attitude. I don't know if you saw my article on it (http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/melanoma-and-positive-attitude-and-thinking) but in my research I found clear evidence that a positive attitude can absolutely affect the outcome.

As for the D3, I've been told that you want to take a min of 1000 IU/day. My wife is actually taking 5000 IU/day, as prescribed by Dr. Block, who I highly recommend (http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/keith-block-md). He works very well in conjunction with your primary oncologist to support the treatment plan, and he won’t do anything that would work against the primary treatment.

As for other supplements, I would also suggest at a minimum, the other supplements I mentioned in my post above: Melatonin, Maitake D, Cellular Forte, Immpower. They all have very good research in my opinion that suggests they can help in the fight against melanoma.

The fact that you are out there looking for solutions is very good. Anyone fighting melanoma needs the solid support and advocacy of someone who loves them. The medical community has some great solutions, but it is a morass to navigate. It makes it very challenging for someone to gather their strength to fight, and also navigate. If you help with the navigation, and he focuses on the fight, you will be a winning team! Also, I saw my wife’s spirit ride the roller coaster from very strong to very weak many times in her fight. It was in those times of weakness and fear, that happen to everyone fighting this, that my unbridled positive attitude and belief in her ability to win, and my articulation of it, helped pick her up off the ground and get her “swinging” again. I have no doubt you are doing the same for your husband.

I want you to know that I am available by email or phone any time. When my year of helping my wife beat this ended, I swore that I would do anything I could to help anyone else who was facing this. So…. If you want to brainstorm doctors to go see, discuss different treatments, talk about other strategies we used, discuss options I found outside the US, etc. etc. please don’t hesitate to contact me. It makes me very happy to know I am helping others in this fight.

Mike

Hi Jill,

First of all, your husband can beat this! I hope you guys don't let anyone tell you otherwise. There are so many resources out there that can help, not the least of which is his own...

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Hi Pattie,

I will get you her list. A lot of it now is Dr. Block branded, so some of that won't help you until you see him. However, the most important ones based on the research I did were (I included my fav brands):

Melatonin (20mg/day - http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Encapsulations-Melatonin-20-capsules/dp/B00164RY4O/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1323043986&sr=8-1) Maitake D (60 drops per day http://www.amazon.com/Maitake-Grifron-Pro-D-Fraction-liquid/dp/B00014ECAE/ref=sr12?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1323044011&sr=1-2) Vitamin D3 (at least 1000 IU/day http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Encapsulations-Vitamin-D3-5000/dp/B0017Q948U/ref=sr120?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1323044030&sr=1-20) Cellular Forte (http://www.amazon.com/Enzymatic-Therapy-Forte-Inositol-tablets/dp/B00012NGCG/ref=sr15?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1323044105&sr=1-5) Immpower (http://www.amazon.com/American-Biosciences-ImmPower-30-Count/dp/B003PUDAHC/ref=sr12?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1323044197&sr=1-2)

If he did no other supplements, I would suggest at least doing those 5. They had the clearest anti-melanoma and anti-cancer research that I found.

As for the diet, what I did was I hired a private chef trained in natural cooking to prepare food for tina. There are a number of schools across the country who's programs teach their chefs how to cook healing foods. Natural Gourmet in NYC is one, but there are a few others. I would find their grads in my area and reach out to them. It was a little pricey (about $200/week for the chef + food cost) but we had enough meals for both of us for the whole week. The food was excellent, and I gave the chef a list of foods that help fight cancer and melanoma and they integrated them into the menu. Key foods are: Brassicas (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, watercress, etc.), Blueberries, Green Tea, Garlic, Apples, Kale, Tomatoes, Chinese Dandelion, Cherries, Raspberries, Grapes, Ginseng. Fresh, raw fruits and veggies are best. Food that create an inflammatory effect are not great (beef, etc).

The other thing that we used foods and supplements for, was to help manage the side effects of treatment. Western medicine can help with most, but there are some that they don't know how to treat, and I found some great solutions elsewhere. Once you guys have chosen a treatment, lets get in touch and I can share those things.

As for non-US centers, I looked into the Mexico clinics a bit. There's a researcher named Ralph Moss who has review those clinics in his research. There's another woman I was working with who took her father to the Chipsa clinic who I'm sure would be willing to talk with you -- just tell her I sent you http://jackiesorkin.blogspot.com/2011/08/cancer-story-you-should-read-kicking.html. There are also two doctors in German and in Argentina who were on my "next step" list if the treatments in the US didn't work. Happy to share their info if you need.

Please let me know what else I can do to help. I'm also available by phone if you want to talk through any of this.

Regards,

Mike

Hi Pattie,

I will get you her list. A lot of it now is Dr. Block branded, so some of that won't help you until you see him. However, the most important ones based on the research I did were (I...

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Hi Pattie,

Thanks for reaching out. I don't mind at all. Melanoma is a tough battle and I'm always happy to help anyone in the fight. If your son is willing to travel, there is a fantastic doctor who can help tailor or protocol of non-western treatment (herbs, supplements, diet, exercise, mind work (visualization, etc.) etc.). He is an MD outside of Chicago who has an integrative cancer treatment center and is one of the smartest docs I came across (and I turned over a lot of rocks all around the world). Here's his contact info:

http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/keith-block-md

If your son doesn't want to travel to see him, he may be able to do a consult over the phone. If none of that works, I would be happy to send you the protocol my wife takes which Dr. Block helped put together -- she's almost 5 years of cancer-free after stage 4 melanoma, and to this day she has changed her diet and taken a battery of supplements every single day. There is no doubt in my mind these things are helping her and I did a lot of research on each of them to make sure there is good science or clinical experience around them out there.

As far as diet goes, don't know if you saw this page (http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/diet), but I wrote a bit about it. There's no doubt in my mind that diet plays a part in the fight. My wife actually went on a macrobiotic diet for about 8 or 9 months when she was done with the treatment. I had spoken with several people who said they had done macrobiotic when they were fighting cancer and it really helped them. My theory is that it boosts the immune system and is easy on the body's digestive system, saving energy for the cancer fight. Removing toxins as you write below, is another way to help do this.

I researched Dr. Rosenberg's ACT treatment 6 years ago and at that time, he was having a lot of good success with it. I imagine he has improved the protocol since then, so I think you're making a good choice. As I'm sure you already know, it takes a pushy, caring mom (or brother, father, etc. -- an advocate) to help navigate the morass of the medical system, and help get your son the best treatment. I spent a lot of my time for a year helping my wife and advocating on her behalf (hours and hours a day) so the road before her was clear and smooth and she could focus on her fight. I can see from your notes below, that you are doing the same thing, and I commend you. I also did a fair amount of research on treatments being done outside the US and would be happy to share those things.

Here are some other links to some things I wrote that I think your son could benefit from below. Please let me know how else I can help. I am happy to talk live with you and/or your son if you'd like.

http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/herbs http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/mind http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/melanoma-and-positive-attitude-and-thinking http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/body

Regards, and please do let me know what else I can answer or how else I can help,

Mike

Hi Pattie,

Thanks for reaching out. I don't mind at all. Melanoma is a tough battle and I'm always happy to help anyone in the fight. If your son is willing to travel, there is a fantastic...

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Answered How is Melanoma diagnosed? 11 years ago

You should also check out the info in the article pages:

http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/symptoms

http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/diagnosis

One more thing. Don't ever believe anyone who tells you or your wife that she can't beat it, or the odds are against her, etc. She can beat this. Stay strong, do your research, fight hard, and you guys can win!

One more thing. Don't ever believe anyone who tells you or your wife that she can't beat it, or the odds are against her, etc. She can beat this. Stay strong, do your research, fight hard, and you...

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Prognosis is a tricky thing to give a good answer on because it is greatly dependent on how you and your wife respond and fight. If you do absolutely nothing, her chances of surviving past 5 years are about 5-15% depending on what study you ready. However, if you attack the situation with full force, fight hard, explore your options, do a variety of integrative treatments, in my opinion, her chances are much better. My wife was also diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma, but she fought hard and did a lot of different things and beat it! She's been cancer-free for over 4 years now.

First and foremost, you need to pick a primary medical treatments. Generally speaking, the best cancer centers for melanoma are Sloan Kettering in NYC and MD Anderson in Texas. However, there are lots of other great treatment centers across the country. And there are many, many different types of medical treatments, ranging from chemos, bios, vaccines, etc. The treatment will also depend on where the melanoma has spread to: lungs? brain? liver? Start by finding a great doctor who treats melanoma and then figure out what experimental treatments are available in your area (or in other areas if you're willing to travel). Get the studies of the treatments being offered and read through them -- sometimes you can find that some are better than others depending on age, gender, blood characteristics, area of melanoma spread, etc. My wife did biochemo, which is given at MD Anderson, at Cal Pacific in San Francisco, and in Los Angeles (can't remember the name of the doctor).

After that, start looking into the other integrative paths to pursue. Diet, supplements, vitamins, herbs, mind exercises, etc... have all be shown to have a positive effect on fighting melanoma. I would look into all of these things (my wife did all of them) and find the ones that make sense to you to do, and go for it. Finding a good integrative medical doctor to support you with choosing these things is also very helpful.

Also, depending on the medial treatment, you can use a variety of integrative treatments to aid in the effectiveness of the medical treatment. For example, if you do chemo, putting a protocol of detoxification, vitamin supplementation, and blood platelet growth stimulation, can help significantly with the "recovery" phases in between rounds of chemo, giving the chemo the best chance of working.

If you'd like, I'd be happy to connect with you and tell you what my wife did and give you as much information as I can to help.

Prognosis is a tricky thing to give a good answer on because it is greatly dependent on how you and your wife respond and fight. If you do absolutely nothing, her chances of surviving past 5 years...

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Answered How is Melanoma diagnosed? 11 years ago

A melanoma on your skin (often referred to as a "primary" melanoma, because melanoma most ofter starts on your skin before it spreads) is first diagnosed visually. Your doctor will look at the melanoma and walk through the "ABCD's": Asymmetry, Border, Color, and Diameter.

If your doctor suspects that the mole is irregular, they will likely cut it out and perform a biopsy. The biopsy will determine whether the mole is a melanoma or not.

If your doctor is trying to diagnose melanoma once it has already begun to spread, they will either cut the growth out and biopsy it, or if they can't cut it out, they will use a PET scan and a CT scan to determine if it is likely to be cancer.

A melanoma on your skin (often referred to as a "primary" melanoma, because melanoma most ofter starts on your skin before it spreads) is first diagnosed visually. Your doctor will look at the...

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Commented on Melanoma and Melatonin 7 years ago

Hi Papabutch, I hope the treatment went well! If you haven't checked out the diet section of this site, look here: http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/diet. You can see a list of foods and supplements that have some evidence of helping to fight melanoma. If you want to discuss in more detail, I'm happy to connect with you. Mike

Hi Papabutch, I hope the treatment went well! If you haven't checked out the diet section of this site, look here: http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/diet. You can see a list of foods and...

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Hi Yvonne,

No problem: Melatonin and Vitamin D3 are normal things and you can go with any brand, though I usually like Pure Encapsulations or Standard Process or Integrative Theraputics, which are all high end brands with superior quality, however, they are not easily found.

Maitake D you can find in several brands but my favorite brand is Griffin Pro

Cellular Forte and Immpower are specific brands of their own.

You can find these products at most good health food store, Whole Foods, or integrative pharmacies.

Does that help?

Mike

Hi Yvonne,

No problem: Melatonin and Vitamin D3 are normal things and you can go with any brand, though I usually like Pure Encapsulations or Standard Process or Integrative Theraputics, which are...

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Commented on b-raf and melanoma 9 years ago

Thanks Diana,

I'm so glad to hear your story and the proactive nature of your fight! I have no doubt you will beat this and go on to inspire others. Melanoma can be beat, even in its latest stages, and its important that people facing this challenge know that!

Mike

Thanks Diana,

I'm so glad to hear your story and the proactive nature of your fight! I have no doubt you will beat this and go on to inspire others. Melanoma can be beat, even in its latest...

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Commented on b-raf and melanoma 9 years ago

His name is Gustavo Moviglia and if you Google him, you will find him very easily. I have never worked with him, only heard good things about him from doctors that I trust.

Hi Jules,

Everyone has their own way of fighting cancer... my wife too had her own way, her own stubbornness (which turned out to be a great ally in the fight!). One important thing you can do is to stay positive and keep flowing positive, inspiring, "I believe in you and your ability to beat this" thoughts to your husband. There is clear research that shows that attitude makes a difference in the outcome of a fight with melanoma. When someone is fighting cancer, no matter how strong they are, they still go through times when they doubt themselves... those are the times when they need someone the most to simply tell them, over and over again, "you can beat this." I'm sure you've read the survival statistics on the web, and maybe heard them from the doctors.... but I don't believe any of them. Not because i'm bad at math (au contraire, I have a degree in physics and engineering and went to the top business school in the US). Rather, its because those statistics are simply averages. And the reality is the most people don't fight very hard, and don't do the research (like looking on the melanoma treatment pages on this site) to make sure they have all of the tools they need in the fight. I guarantee the stats would be much, much better if everyone did that. So forget about the stats. Your husband can beat this!

Hi Jules,

Everyone has their own way of fighting cancer... my wife too had her own way, her own stubbornness (which turned out to be a great ally in the fight!). One important thing you can do is to...

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Hi Lyn, I'm so sorry to hear that. I cannot imagine your loss.

You are certainly very welcome in the FoundHealth community with anything you would like to share.

Regards, Mike

I'm really sorry to hear that. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

I actually agree that you have to be careful with herbs and Western treatments at the same time. Sometimes they can actually help the good effects, sometimes they can hurt. My wife and I decided that she would not do any herbs during treatment - only in between treatments and only to help manage side effects. She only started the herbs/supplements to fight the cancer after the Western treatment was over. But she did start them right after, and has been doing them daily for the last 5 years (and is still cancer-free after being stage 4). There are definitely some good natropathic/herbal things that can be done to manage the side effects of chemo's and other western treatments. Acupuncture really works, though sometimes you have to try a few acupuncturists to find one that works for you. My wife tried three before finding "the one." But when she found the right one, she said it was amazing. It really relaxed her, relieved nausea, etc. The other thing that helps is to detox the liver and kidneys in between treatments. Those are the body's detoxification organs, and they get overloaded in chemo and other western treatments, leading to nausea. My wife went through a few days of detox after each round of chemo, where she would take a few supplements that would help clear out the kidneys and liver. This also helped a lot. I hope your brother feels better soon and my fingers are crossed about the treatment.

I actually agree that you have to be careful with herbs and Western treatments at the same time. Sometimes they can actually help the good effects, sometimes they can hurt. My wife and I decided...

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Great! I agree with your strategy - its overwhelming to process so much information at one time. This is why, IMO, its ideal to have a cancer "team" of both the person fighting the cancer, and their advocate who can do the research and process and digest the information and feed the most pertinent pieces in a manageable way.

BTW, I did find out that the patient I was referring to above did high dose Interlukine II.

Let me know how else I can help.

Great! I agree with your strategy - its overwhelming to process so much information at one time. This is why, IMO, its ideal to have a cancer "team" of both the person fighting the cancer, and their...

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Hi Christina,

Yes, absolutely. You can ask me here, or you can email me directly at: mikeyrosenrosen on yahoo email.

Mike

Fermat, I will add that to the top of my list of more articles to write on FH.

Hi Jvhstr,

Absolutely, I believe the power of will can take you through life's toughest challenges. I will reach out to you over email.

Hi Jackie,

I'm glad we were able to connect a few months back, and hope your dad is doing well.

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Dr. Renneker used to be an oncologist at UCSF and then Cal Pacific before starting his research and patient advocacy practice. He founded it because he realized that there is far too much information about fighting cancer, and innovative treatments both in western medicine and in integrative treatments, for any doctor to stay on top of while practicing medicine full time. Hence, doctors today cannot possibly know of or share all of the possible and promising treatments with their patients. So Dr. Renneker stopped practicing as a doctor and dedicated himself to keeping abreast of treatment from all around the world for fighting cancer. He consults with patients, particularly those with serious or advanced cases of cancer, and helps them develop attack plans, find second opinions, identify new treatments, and more. He doesn’t have a web site but you can read about him at this link to understand how he approaches fighting cancer:

http://www.commonweal.org/programs/lectures/altman.html.

graduated from medical school in 1979 from UCSF and completed his residency in family medicine at UC San Francisco, at San Francisco General Hospital in 1984.

In short, Dr. Renneker will help you navigate the challenges of finding the best and most appropriate treatment options for what you are facing. He uses evidence-based medical information from both Western or Non-Western modalities. He spends considerable time reading medical journals, attending conferences, and keeping his finger on the pulse of the most advanced and effective treatment options. He leverages this research along with specific research he will do for your case, to help you find and navigate a healing course for you.

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I am not a doctor. I am the husband of a stage 4 melanoma survivor and my belief is that while melanoma is scary, especially at later stages, it is also something you can beat. While my wife was fighting strong and hard, I did hours and hours of research, day after day, figuring out things that might help her. I have shared a lot of those things in the melanoma treatments section of FoundHealth. Here, I lay out my step by step protocol for what I believe is a very effective “attack plan” to fighting and beating melanoma.

This plan is based on a simple philosophy: when you’re at war with cancer, you throw at it every credible thing you can find that might be effective. Most doctors will tell you that the majority of possible “integrative” treatments for melanoma (herbs, mind body techniques, supplements, foods, etc. ) have not been fully studied in multiple stage human trials and so they are not “proven” to work. This is 100% true and it is also 100% an unfortunate effect of the fact that pharma companies cannot profit from most of these treatments because they are not patentable. Since multiple stage human trials can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to complete (with no guaranteed outcome), these companies simply won’t pursue funding these treatment studies, and hence, they never get done.

However, just because treatments haven’t been proven to work in humans (though many have proven to work in animals and test tubes), it doesn’t mean they don’t work. It just means they may work and they may not. But if they don’t hurt you, then why not try them?

My philosophy is this: When you’re in a war to save your life, you send in the army, the navy, the air force, and the marines all at the same time. When its over and you’re cancer free, it won’t matter that you knew which of the 30 or 40 things you tried are the ones that worked. Trust me. The only thing that will matter is that you won!

Here is my protocol

  1. Believe in yourself: You can beat melanoma, even if it is a bad case of stage 4. Believing in yourself and your ability to do this is very important. Read more.
  2. Make sure you have an advocate: It’s incredibly difficult to fight a serious form of melanoma, let alone navigate the morass of the health system. Finding a friend(s) or family member(s) who can be your advocate and “ear” to bounce things off of really helps. Read more.
  3. Train your friends and family: Friends and family who love you want to help, but often they don’t know what to do or how to do it, and sometimes can even be detrimental. Training them at the start, and laying out the “ground rules” can really help. Read more.
  4. Find the right doctors, both “western” and “integrative”: No one doctor or person has all of the answers. Finding the right oncologist, integrative medicine doctor, surgeon, etc. can be a daunting task, but you can pick the ones that are right for you. Read more.
  5. Examine many different treatments: There are many different medical treatments for melanoma. Some work better than others. And some work better for one person vs. another. Picking the right one is a challenge, but you can do it. Read More.
  6. Take an integrative approach: I believe the integration of medical treatments along side herbs, supplements, diet, mental exercises, spirit and more, all working together, is your “secret weapon” to beating melanoma. Read more.
  7. Manage the side effects of treatment: The treatments you are given by your doctor will almost always have side effects. Some of them your doctor will know how to deal with. Some they will not. I discovered many other ways to manage the negative side effects of my wife’s chemo and bio treatments that the doctor did not know about.
  8. Change your diet: Food has an enormous impact on your ability to stay healthy, boost your immune system, lower internal inflammation, and more. Several foods have even specifically been shown to help fight melanoma. Some people actually claim they beat melanoma with diet alone. Read more about diet and melanoma.
  9. Take care of your body: Your body is your temple, it is your weapon against melanoma and staying strong while you fight can significantly help. Read more about using your body to beat melanoma.
  10. Protect your mind: Beyond believing in yourself, there are many things you can do with your mind to help you beat melanoma. Read more about using your mind to beat melanoma.
  11. Take herbs, supplements and vitamins: Many herbs, supplements, and vitamins have been shown to have an affect on fighting melanoma. A good protocol of these things can be really help. Read more about herbs and supplements to beat melanoma.
  12. Don’t be afraid of the unusual: Sometimes it’s hard to step “out of your box” and try things you’ve never done before. Often times, however, what is unusual today, is the norm in the future.
  13. Create a post-treatment protocol: To this day, over four years later, my wife still takes 40+ melanoma fighting supplements and vitamins a day, and our diet has permanently changed for the better. She’s smart because she continues to do everything she can to ensure that she stays cancer-free.
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I am not a doctor. I am the husband of a stage 4 melanoma survivor and my belief is that while melanoma is scary, especially at later stages, it is also something you can beat. While my wife was fighting strong and hard, I did hours and hours of research, day after day, figuring out things that might help her. I have shared a lot of those things in the melanoma treatments section of FoundHealth. Here, I lay out my step by step protocol for what I believe is a very effective “attack plan” to fighting and beating melanoma.

This plan is based on a simple philosophy: when you’re at war with cancer, you throw at it every credible thing you can find that might be effective. Most doctors will tell you that the majority of possible “integrative” treatments for melanoma (herbs, mind body techniques, supplements, foods, etc. ) have not been fully studied in multiple stage human trials and so they are not “proven” to work. This is 100% true and it is also 100% an unfortunate effect of the fact that pharma companies cannot profit from most of these treatments because they are not patentable. Since multiple stage human trials can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to complete (with no guaranteed outcome), these companies simply won’t pursue funding these treatment studies, and hence, they never get done.

However, just because treatments haven’t been proven to work in humans (though many have proven to work in animals and test tubes), it doesn’t mean they don’t work. It just means they may work and they may not. But if they don’t hurt you, then why not try them?

My philosophy is this: When you’re in a war to save your life, you send in the army, the navy, the air force, and the marines all at the same time. When its over and you’re cancer free, it won’t matter that you knew which of the 30 or 40 things you tried are the ones that worked. Trust me. The only thing that will matter is that you won!

Here is my protocol

  1. Believe in yourself: You can beat melanoma, even if it is a bad case of stage 4. Believing in yourself and your ability to do this is very important. Read more.
  2. Make sure you have an advocate: It’s incredibly difficult to fight a serious form of melanoma, let alone navigate the morass of the health system. Finding a friend(s) or family member(s) who can be your advocate and “ear” to bounce things off of really helps. Read more.
  3. Train your friends and family: Friends and family who love you want to help, but often they don’t know what to do or how to do it, and sometimes can even be detrimental. Training them at the start, and laying out the “ground rules” can really help. Read more.
  4. Find the right doctors, both “western” and “integrative”: No one doctor or person has all of the answers. Finding the right oncologist, integrative medicine doctor, surgeon, etc. can be a daunting task, but you can pick the ones that are right for you. Read more.
  5. Examine many different treatments: There are many different medical treatments for melanoma. Some work better than others. And some work better for one person vs. another. Picking the right one is a challenge, but you can do it. Read More.
  6. Take an integrative approach: I believe the integration of medical treatments along side herbs, supplements, diet, mental exercises, spirit and more, all working together, is your “secret weapon” to beating melanoma. Read more.
  7. Manage the side effects of treatment: The treatments you are given by your doctor will almost always have side effects. Some of them your doctor will know how to deal with. Some they will not. I discovered many other ways to manage the negative side effects of my wife’s chemo and bio treatments that the doctor did not know about.
  8. Change your diet: Food has an enormous impact on your ability to stay healthy, boost your immune system, lower internal inflammation, and more. Several foods have even specifically been shown to help fight melanoma. Some people actually claim they beat melanoma with diet alone. Read more about diet and melanoma.
  9. Take care of your body: Your body is your temple, it is your weapon against melanoma and staying strong while you fight can significantly help. Read more about using your body to beat melanoma.
  10. Protect your mind: Beyond believing in yourself, there are many things you can do with your mind to help you beat melanoma. Read more about using your mind to beat melanoma.
  11. Take herbs, supplements and vitamins: Many herbs, supplements, and vitamins have been shown to have an affect on fighting melanoma. A good protocol of these things can be really help. Read more about herbs and supplements to beat melanoma.
  12. Don’t be afraid of the unusual: Sometimes it’s hard to step “out of your box” and try things you’ve never done before. Often times, however, what is unusual today, is the norm in the future.
  13. Create a post-treatment protocol: To this day, over four years later, my wife still takes 40+ melanoma fighting supplements and vitamins a day, and our diet has permanently changed for the better. She’s smart because she continues to do everything she can to ensure that she stays cancer-free.
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What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine is a fancy name for something very simple: combining a number of different treatments and medical philosophies together to help fight your health change and heal your body. It suggests that, for example, keeping your body strong through exercise, or maintaining a positive attitude, or taking certain herbs, all can have a contributory effect on beating cancer.

I highly encourage you to take a look at the various sections of the FoundHealth melanoma treatment section (Medicine, Herbs, Diet, Body, Mind, Spirit) and read about many of the ways you can use an integrative approach. You’ll also find there, the references and scientific studies that suggest these things really can work.

How to use integrative medicine:

Integrative medicine can be used in a number of ways in fighting cancer:

To prevent cancer from occurring: Integrative medicine suggests that there are certain foods you can eat, techniques you can use, and more to help prevent melanoma from occurring in the first place. If you have a history of melanoma in your family and are concerned about it for yourself, there are a number of ways you can change your diet, take supplements and herbs, and more, to give yourself a better chance of preventing melanoma from occurring.

To fight once you have cancer: The biggest question that most people ask about using an integrative approach to beating melanoma is: how do I know what works, and how do I know whether I can do those things at the same time I am getting medical treatment?

It is my belief that integrative approaches to fighting melanoma work. I saw it work with my wife, and I have seen enough evidence in my own research to believe the data supports this. In the end, you will have to decide for yourself, but I encourage you to read the various sections of the melanoma treatment section, look at the evidence, and decide for yourself.

In terms of whether to combine treatments, my belief is that some can be combined, and some should be kept separate. For example, most doctors will tell you that mind and body techniques are perfectly fine to do concurrently with medical treatment. Most diet changes are also probably ok as well. Particular care should be taken with herbs and supplements. You can do your own research, but I also suggest talking with an integrative doctor about what they recommend for concurrent use.

To mange side effects: Managing side effects is an area where integrative medicine can be very helpful. For example, it can be used to boost blood counts and help your body recover more quickly between treatments.

To prevent a recurrence: After treatments is done, I highly recommend you put together a program of herbs, vitamins, supplements and dietary changes to help ensure that melanoma stays away.

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Medical treatments

There are many different medical treatments for melanoma, from “standard” treatments (i.e. approved by the FDA) like Interferon and Interleukin, to experimental treatments like chemotherapies, biotherapies, vaccines, viruses, anti-CTLA4’s, etc. Unfortunately, the reason there are so many treatments is because none of them work all of the time for all people. In fact, many of them only work some of the time for some people. The tricky part is figuring out which one might work best for you. In some cases, your doctor will have a solid recommendation for you. In others, you may do a lot of hunting around before you find one that makes your comfortable.

If you decide to go on a “hunt,” remember this rule of thumb: sometimes, it’s not the devil that’s in the details, it’s the angel. I.e. if you dig deep into the details, you may find information to your advantage. By doing your research and asking a lot of questions, you and/or your doctor can sometimes identify particular characteristics of you (in your blood, in the location of the tumor, etc.) that make you a better candidate for one treatment over another. If you have the tolerance or ability to read through the medical studies published on a particular treatment you are considering, you may be able to identify these things. Otherwise, ask lots of questions to the doctor who is administering the treatments to try to find characteristics that make you a good or bad candidate for it.

A couple of other things to consider when selecting a treatment:

  • Make sure you understand the Trial phasing system, so you can be sure you understand what you’re getting. For example, in a Phase 2 trial, you are actually not guaranteed to get the medicine, and hence you may actually get the placebo.
  • You don’t have to do just one treatment. Some doctors combine treatments together, some phase them one after another. The treatment my wife did involved three chemotherapies and two biotherapies at the same time. It was like throwing in everything and the kitchen sink.
  • The best treatment for you may not be near you. Don’t be afraid to explore centers with melanoma expertise that are not near you.

In the end, hopefully this research will help you narrow the treatment options down to the one you feel is best for you. If you end up down to two or three treatment options and you and you’re doctors are still not sure which one is best for you, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts and make a “gut” decision about which one makes the most sense. When you believe in your treatment and go with the one that feels right to you, it likely has a better chance of working.

Integrative treatments

I am a big believer in integrative treatments for fighting melanoma because I believe the research and evidence suggests that they help and work. You can read about many of those treatments in the FoundHealth melanoma treatment section. In addition, here are some other things to think about:

  • Find an integrative doctor who can help guide your treatment. There are many very good integrative doctors with a lot of experience helping people fight melanoma. Check out some of them here.
  • Look far and wide. There is very good work fighting melanoma being done all around the world. Don’t just look in the US, but consider looking in other countries that have shown innovative melanoma treatments such as: Germany, Argentina, Australia (which has the highest melanoma rates in the world), Mexico, and Japan.
  • Sometimes treatments will seem crazy or at least very foreign. In some cases, this is because they are crazy. In other cases, they could be very helpful. If medical science had the cure to melanoma then everyone with melanoma would do it. But there is no one “cure” that works for everyone, which is why a program that integrates medical treatments with integrative treatments can be even more effective. When you come across a treatment that seems odd or “crazy,” do your homework on it. See what others are saying about it. Find people who have tried it. Find practitioners with years of clinical experience and can share their thoughts on the benefits and risks of the treatment.
  • Use a researcher to help you. There are people who specialize in doing research to help people fight and beat melanoma, and who know a broad array of possible integrative treatments. Check out some of them here.
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I am not a doctor. I am the husband of a stage 4 melanoma survivor and my belief is that while melanoma is scary, especially at later stages, it is also something you can beat. While my wife was fighting strong and hard, I did hours and hours of research, day after day, figuring out things that might help her. I have shared a lot of those things in the melanoma treatments section of FoundHealth. Here, I lay out my step by step protocol for what I believe is a very effective “attack plan” to fighting and beating melanoma.

This plan is based on a simple philosophy: when you’re at war with cancer, you throw at it every credible thing you can find that might be effective. Most doctors will tell you that the majority of possible “integrative” treatments for melanoma (herbs, mind body techniques, supplements, foods, etc. ) have not been fully studied in multiple stage human trials and so they are not “proven” to work. This is 100% true and it is also 100% an unfortunate effect of the fact that pharma companies cannot profit from most of these treatments because they are not patentable. Since multiple stage human trials can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to complete (with no guaranteed outcome), these companies simply won’t pursue funding these treatment studies, and hence, they never get done.

However, just because treatments haven’t been proven to work in humans (though many have proven to work in animals and test tubes), it doesn’t mean they don’t work. It just means they may work and they may not. But if they don’t hurt you, then why not try them?

My philosophy is this: When you’re in a war to save your life, you send in the army, the navy, the air force, and the marines all at the same time. When its over and you’re cancer free, it won’t matter that you knew which of the 30 or 40 things you tried are the ones that worked. Trust me. The only thing that will matter is that you won!

Here is my protocol

  1. Believe in yourself: You can beat melanoma, even if it is a bad case of stage 4. Believing in yourself and your ability to do this is very important. Read more.
  2. Make sure you have an advocate: It’s incredibly difficult to fight a serious form of melanoma, let alone navigate the morass of the health system. Finding a friend(s) or family member(s) who can be your advocate and “ear” to bounce things off of really helps. Read more.
  3. Train your friends and family: Friends and family who love you want to help, but often they don’t know what to do or how to do it, and sometimes can even be detrimental. Training them at the start, and laying out the “ground rules” can really help. Read more.
  4. Find the right doctors, both “western” and “integrative”: No one doctor or person has all of the answers. Finding the right oncologist, integrative medicine doctor, surgeon, etc. can be a daunting task, but you can pick the ones that are right for you. Read more.
  5. Examine many different treatments: There are many different medical treatments for melanoma. Some work better than others. And some work better for one person vs. another. Picking the right one is a challenge, but you can do it. Read More.
  6. Take an integrative approach: I believe the integration of medical treatments along side herbs, supplements, diet, mental exercises, spirit and more, all working together, is your “secret weapon” to beating melanoma. Read more.
  7. Manage the side effects of treatment: The treatments you are given by your doctor will almost always have side effects. Some of them your doctor will know how to deal with. Some they will not. I discovered many other ways to manage the negative side effects of my wife’s chemo and bio treatments that the doctor did not know about.
  8. Change your diet: Food has an enormous impact on your ability to stay healthy, boost your immune system, lower internal inflammation, and more. Several foods have even specifically been shown to help fight melanoma. Some people actually claim they beat melanoma with diet alone. Read more about diet and melanoma.
  9. Take care of your body: Your body is your temple, it is your weapon against melanoma and staying strong while you fight can significantly help. Read more about using your body to beat melanoma.
  10. Protect your mind: Beyond believing in yourself, there are many things you can do with your mind to help you beat melanoma. Read more about using your mind to beat melanoma.
  11. Take herbs, supplements and vitamins: Many herbs, supplements, and vitamins have been shown to have an affect on fighting melanoma. A good protocol of these things can be really help. Read more about herbs and supplements to beat melanoma.
  12. Don’t be afraid of the unusual: Sometimes it’s hard to step “out of your box” and try things you’ve never done before. Often times, however, what is unusual today, is the norm in the future.
  13. Create a post-treatment protocol: To this day, over four years later, my wife still takes 40+ melanoma fighting supplements and vitamins a day, and our diet has permanently changed for the better. She’s smart because she continues to do everything she can to ensure that she stays cancer-free.
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Medical treatments

There are many different medical treatments for melanoma, from “standard” treatments (i.e. approved by the FDA) like Interferon and Interleukin, to experimental treatments like chemotherapies, biotherapies, vaccines, viruses, anti-CTLA4’s, etc. Unfortunately, the reason there are so many treatments is because none of them work all of the time for all people. In fact, many of them only work some of the time for some people. The tricky part is figuring out which one might work best for you. In some cases, your doctor will have a solid recommendation for you. In others, you may do a lot of hunting around before you find one that makes your comfortable.

If you decide to go on a “hunt,” remember this rule of thumb: sometimes, it’s not the devil that’s in the details, it’s the angel. I.e. if you dig deep into the details, you may find information to your advantage. By doing your research and asking a lot of questions, you and/or your doctor can sometimes identify particular characteristics of you (in your blood, in the location of the tumor, etc.) that make you a better candidate for one treatment over another. If you have the tolerance or ability to read through the medical studies published on a particular treatment you are considering, you may be able to identify these things. Otherwise, ask lots of questions to the doctor who is administering the treatments to try to find characteristics that make you a good or bad candidate for it.

A couple of other things to consider when selecting a treatment:

  • Make sure you understand the Trial phasing system, so you can be sure you understand what you’re getting. For example, in a Phase 2 trial, you are actually not guaranteed to get the medicine, and hence you may actually get the placebo.
  • You don’t have to do just one treatment. Some doctors combine treatments together, some phase them one after another. The treatment my wife did involved three chemotherapies and two biotherapies at the same time. It was like throwing in everything and the kitchen sink.
  • The best treatment for you may not be near you. Don’t be afraid to explore centers with melanoma expertise that are not near you.

In the end, hopefully this research will help you narrow the treatment options down to the one you feel is best for you. If you end up down to two or three treatment options and you and you’re doctors are still not sure which one is best for you, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts and make a “gut” decision about which one makes the most sense. When you believe in your treatment and go with the one that feels right to you, it likely has a better chance of working.

Integrative treatments

I am a big believer in integrative treatments for fighting melanoma because I believe the research and evidence suggests that they help and work. You can read about many of those treatments in the FoundHealth melanoma treatment section. In addition, here are some other things to think about:

  • Find an integrative doctor who can help guide your treatment. There are many very good integrative doctors with a lot of experience helping people fight melanoma. Check out some of them here.
  • Look far and wide. There is very good work fighting melanoma being done all around the world. Don’t just look in the US, but consider looking in other countries that have shown innovative melanoma treatments such as: Germany, Argentina, Australia (which has the highest melanoma rates in the world), Mexico, and Japan.
  • Sometimes treatments will seem crazy or at least very foreign. In some cases, this is because they are crazy. In other cases, they could be very helpful. If medical science had the cure to melanoma then everyone with melanoma would do it. But there is no one “cure” that works for everyone, which is why a program that integrates medical treatments with integrative treatments can be even more effective. When you come across a treatment that seems odd or “crazy,” do your homework on it. See what others are saying about it. Find people who have tried it. Find practitioners with years of clinical experience and can share their thoughts on the benefits and risks of the treatment.
  • Use a researcher to help you. There are people who specialize in doing research to help people fight and beat melanoma, and who know a broad array of possible integrative treatments. Check out some of them here.
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Medical treatments

There are many different medical treatments for melanoma, from “standard” treatments (i.e. approved by the FDA) like Interferon and Interleukin, to experimental treatments like chemotherapies, biotherapies, vaccines, viruses, anti-CTLA4’s, etc. Unfortunately, the reason there are so many treatments is because none of them work all of the time for all people. In fact, many of them only work some of the time for some people. The tricky part is figuring out which one might work best for you. In some cases, your doctor will have a solid recommendation for you. In others, you may do a lot of hunting around before you find one that makes your comfortable.

If you decide to go on a “hunt,” remember this rule of thumb: sometimes, it’s not the devil that’s in the details, it’s the angel. I.e. if you dig deep into the details, you may find information to your advantage. By doing your research and asking a lot of questions, you and/or your doctor can sometimes identify particular characteristics of you (in your blood, in the location of the tumor, etc.) that make you a better candidate for one treatment over another. If you have the tolerance or ability to read through the medical studies published on a particular treatment you are considering, you may be able to identify these things. Otherwise, ask lots of questions to the doctor who is administering the treatments to try to find characteristics that make you a good or bad candidate for it.

A couple of other things to consider when selecting a treatment:

  • Make sure you understand the Trial phasing system, so you can be sure you understand what you’re getting. For example, in a Phase 2 trial, you are actually not guaranteed to get the medicine, and hence you may actually get the placebo.
  • You don’t have to do just one treatment. Some doctors combine treatments together, some phase them one after another. The treatment my wife did involved three chemotherapies and two biotherapies at the same time. It was like throwing in everything and the kitchen sink.
  • The best treatment for you may not be near you. Don’t be afraid to explore centers with melanoma expertise that are not near you.

In the end, hopefully this research will help you narrow the treatment options down to the one you feel is best for you. If you end up down to two or three treatment options and you and you’re doctors are still not sure which one is best for you, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts and make a “gut” decision about which one makes the most sense. When you believe in your treatment and go with the one that feels right to you, it likely has a better chance of working.

Integrative treatments

I am a big believer in integrative treatments for fighting melanoma because I believe the research and evidence suggests that they help and work. You can read about many of those treatments in the FoundHealth melanoma treatment section. In addition, here are some other things to think about:

  • Find an integrative doctor who can help guide your treatment. There are many very good integrative doctors with a lot of experience helping people fight melanoma. Check out some of them here.
  • Look far and wide. There is very good work fighting melanoma being done all around the world. Don’t just look in the US, but consider looking in other countries that have shown innovative melanoma treatments such as: Germany, Argentina, Australia (which has the highest melanoma rates in the world), Mexico, and Japan.
  • Sometimes treatments will seem crazy or at least very foreign. In some cases, this is because they are crazy. In other cases, they could be very helpful. If medical science had the cure to melanoma then everyone with melanoma would do it. But there is no one “cure” that works for everyone, which is why a program that integrates medical treatments with integrative treatments can be even more effective. When you come across a treatment that seems odd or “crazy,” do your homework on it. See what others are saying about it. Find people who have tried it. Find practitioners with years of clinical experience and can share their thoughts on the benefits and risks of the treatment.
  • Use a researcher to help you. There are people who specialize in doing research to help people fight and beat melanoma, and who know a broad array of possible integrative treatments. Check out some of them here.
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I am not a doctor. I am the husband of a stage 4 melanoma survivor and my belief is that while melanoma is scary, especially at later stages, it is also something you can beat. While my wife was fighting strong and hard, I did hours and hours of research, day after day, figuring out things that might help her. I have shared a lot of those things in the melanoma treatments section of FoundHealth. Here, I lay out my step by step protocol for what I believe is a very effective “attack plan” to fighting and beating melanoma.

This plan is based on a simple philosophy: when you’re at war with cancer, you throw at it every credible thing you can find that might be effective. Most doctors will tell you that the majority of possible “integrative” treatments for melanoma (herbs, mind body techniques, supplements, foods, etc. ) have not been fully studied in multiple stage human trials and so they are not “proven” to work. This is 100% true and it is also 100% an unfortunate effect of the fact that pharma companies cannot profit from most of these treatments because they are not patentable. Since multiple stage human trials can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to complete (with no guaranteed outcome), these companies simply won’t pursue funding these treatment studies, and hence, they never get done.

However, just because treatments haven’t been proven to work in humans (though many have proven to work in animals and test tubes), it doesn’t mean they don’t work. It just means they may work and they may not. But if they don’t hurt you, then why not try them?

My philosophy is this: When you’re in a war to save your life, you send in the army, the navy, the air force, and the marines all at the same time. When its over and you’re cancer free, it won’t matter that you knew which of the 30 or 40 things you tried are the ones that worked. Trust me. The only thing that will matter is that you won!

Here is my protocol

  1. Believe in yourself: You can beat melanoma, even if it is a bad case of stage 4. Believing in yourself and your ability to do this is very important. Read more.
  2. Make sure you have an advocate: It’s incredibly difficult to fight a serious form of melanoma, let alone navigate the morass of the health system. Finding a friend(s) or family member(s) who can be your advocate and “ear” to bounce things off of really helps. Read more.
  3. Train your friends and family: Friends and family who love you want to help, but often they don’t know what to do or how to do it, and sometimes can even be detrimental. Training them at the start, and laying out the “ground rules” can really help. Read more.
  4. Find the right doctors, both “western” and “integrative”: No one doctor or person has all of the answers. Finding the right oncologist, integrative medicine doctor, surgeon, etc. can be a daunting task, but you can pick the ones that are right for you. Read more.
  5. Examine many different treatments: There are many different medical treatments for melanoma. Some work better than others. And some work better for one person vs. another. Picking the right one is a challenge, but you can do it. Read More.
  6. Take an integrative approach: I believe the integration of medical treatments along side herbs, supplements, diet, mental exercises, spirit and more, all working together, is your “secret weapon” to beating melanoma. Read more.
  7. Manage the side effects of treatment: The treatments you are given by your doctor will almost always have side effects. Some of them your doctor will know how to deal with. Some they will not. I discovered many other ways to manage the negative side effects of my wife’s chemo and bio treatments that the doctor did not know about.
  8. Change your diet: Food has an enormous impact on your ability to stay healthy, boost your immune system, lower internal inflammation, and more. Several foods have even specifically been shown to help fight melanoma. Some people actually claim they beat melanoma with diet alone. Read more about diet and melanoma.
  9. Take care of your body: Your body is your temple, it is your weapon against melanoma and staying strong while you fight can significantly help. Read more about using your body to beat melanoma.
  10. Protect your mind: Beyond believing in yourself, there are many things you can do with your mind to help you beat melanoma. Read more about using your mind to beat melanoma.
  11. Take herbs, supplements and vitamins: Many herbs, supplements, and vitamins have been shown to have an affect on fighting melanoma. A good protocol of these things can be really help. Read more about herbs and supplements to beat melanoma.
  12. Don’t be afraid of the unusual: Sometimes it’s hard to step “out of your box” and try things you’ve never done before. Often times, however, what is unusual today, is the norm in the future.
  13. Create a post-treatment protocol: To this day, over four years later, my wife still takes 40+ melanoma fighting supplements and vitamins a day, and our diet has permanently changed for the better. She’s smart because she continues to do everything she can to ensure that she stays cancer-free.
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Finding the right doctor(s) to guide your treatment plan is very important to your success. Sometimes, the right doctor is not the one who initially diagnosed you, but rather a specialist in melanoma, or someone who is administering the experimental treatment you want. In general, you want to find someone who you trust, who you feel comfortable with, and who you feel is going to help you win. Below are some things to think about.

Try to work with a specialist

Some doctors are general oncologists. Some specialize primarily (or even exclusively) in the treatment of melanoma. For difficult cases of melanoma like stage 4, you should consider working with a specialist who spends the majority of their time and energy treating melanoma.

Picking the doctor is also picking the treatment

Because late stage melanoma is a challenge to fight, while there are a few “standard” treatments (i.e. fully approved by the FDA), there are dozens of non-standard treatments being tested all around the country. The reason why there are so many experimental treatments is because the standard ones haven’t fully solved the problem yet. At any one time, one particular doctor may be administering a few different types of treatments, but no single doctor is aware of all of the treatments that are out there, nor how they are working. So if you really want to explore all of your treatment options, you will have to talk with and meet with several doctors, often times, not in your local area.

Picking the right treatment is important because some treatments work better than others. Additionally, some treatments work better for some people than others, often based on age, gender, blood and tumor characteristics, stage, and more. I always suggest that you take the time to talk with many doctors, send them your scan reports, blood work, etc. and ask them if your characteristics suggest a higher likelihood of a treatment working. I probably spoke with 20 doctors before helping my wife narrow down the treatment options.

If you have stage 4 melanoma, consider talking with people at the most prominent treatment centers in the country, which are generally: Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, and NCI in Bethesda. Do the research on their websites, find doctors who are specializing in melanoma, call their nurses and find out what trials they are doing.

Consider an integrative doctor

An integrative doctor is one who brings together “western” medical treatments like chemotherapies, along with other cancer fighting treatments (like herbs, supplements, mind over matter techniques, and much more). In my opinion, these people are the “best of both worlds” because they have many more “tools” and approaches to fighting cancer at their disposal, and can construct a holistic program of attack for you. The good news as well is that because they are integrative, they know how to combine the treatments together. Since they work with both chemotherapies and other “non-standard” cancer treatments, they know what you should do and shouldn’t do while you’re on your main treatment, they will know to point out risks with drug interactions, and more.

The other advantage an integrative cancer doctor has is that they may have 10 or 20 years of clinical experience using integrative medicine to fight cancer. This is very important because there are not many broad-based human scientific studies done on the effect of herbs, supplements, food, and more on fighting melanoma. This doesn’t mean those things don’t work, it just means they haven’t been fully studied. However, the next best thing is finding a doctor with 10 or 20 years of clinical experience using integrative practices and methods in treating cancer. They will have refined what they do over their experience with hundreds of patients before you, and you will benefit from that. They can also help you use herbs, supplements, diet, etc. to manage the side effects of chemotherapies, and can put together a post-treatment regimen to help you continue to kill any cancer that is left, and keep it from coming back.

Read about some integrative doctors here.

You can work with more than one doctor

It’s ok as well to work with more than one doctor. Especially when fighting very difficult forms of melanoma, doctors are used to working together in teams. It’s ok to have both a “normal” doctor and an “integrative” doctor working with you at the same time. Just be clear with both that you are working together, and ask them to talk to each other.

Find someone you are comfortable with

Beyond picking a doctor who has a treatment you’re interested in, its important to pick a doctor who has the right “feel.” You wan to find a doctor that you trust and that you genuinely feel cares about you and wants to help you fight and win. When you meet with them, ask yourself: Do I have faith in their intelligence and ability to help? Do they have a bedside manner than works with my personality and approach? Does my “gut” tell me to have faith in this person?

Your doctor is your partner in this fight. You wouldn’t marry someone at the beginning of the first date, and you don’t have to chose your doctor immediately either. Take the time to find the one that feels the most comfortable to you.

Consider traveling for treatment

If you find the right doctor and the right treatment, yet it requires travel, don’t despair. Many times the pharma company who has the experimental treatment you are considering, will sponsor some of your travel costs. There are also organizations that offer free flights for people who are fight cancer (ex. www.corpangelnetwork.org).

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Finding the right doctor(s) to guide your treatment plan is very important to your success. Sometimes, the right doctor is not the one who initially diagnosed you, but rather a specialist in melanoma, or someone who is administering the experimental treatment you want. In general, you want to find someone who you trust, who you feel comfortable with, and who you feel is going to help you win. Below are some things to think about.

Try to work with a specialist

Some doctors are general oncologists. Some specialize primarily (or even exclusively) in the treatment of melanoma. For difficult cases of melanoma like stage 4, you should consider working with a specialist who spends the majority of their time and energy treating melanoma.

Picking the doctor is also picking the treatment

Because late stage melanoma is a challenge to fight, while there are a few “standard” treatments (i.e. fully approved by the FDA), there are dozens of non-standard treatments being tested all around the country. The reason why there are so many experimental treatments is because the standard ones haven’t fully solved the problem yet. At any one time, one particular doctor may be administering a few different types of treatments, but no single doctor is aware of all of the treatments that are out there, nor how they are working. So if you really want to explore all of your treatment options, you will have to talk with and meet with several doctors, often times, not in your local area.

Picking the right treatment is important because some treatments work better than others. Additionally, some treatments work better for some people than others, often based on age, gender, blood and tumor characteristics, stage, and more. I always suggest that you take the time to talk with many doctors, send them your scan reports, blood work, etc. and ask them if your characteristics suggest a higher likelihood of a treatment working. I probably spoke with 20 doctors before helping my wife narrow down the treatment options.

If you have stage 4 melanoma, consider talking with people at the most prominent treatment centers in the country, which are generally: Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, and NCI in Bethesda. Do the research on their websites, find doctors who are specializing in melanoma, call their nurses and find out what trials they are doing.

Consider an integrative doctor

An integrative doctor is one who brings together “western” medical treatments like chemotherapies, along with other cancer fighting treatments (like herbs, supplements, mind over matter techniques, and much more). In my opinion, these people are the “best of both worlds” because they have many more “tools” and approaches to fighting cancer at their disposal, and can construct a holistic program of attack for you. The good news as well is that because they are integrative, they know how to combine the treatments together. Since they work with both chemotherapies and other “non-standard” cancer treatments, they know what you should do and shouldn’t do while you’re on your main treatment, they will know to point out risks with drug interactions, and more.

The other advantage an integrative cancer doctor has is that they may have 10 or 20 years of clinical experience using integrative medicine to fight cancer. This is very important because there are not many broad-based human scientific studies done on the effect of herbs, supplements, food, and more on fighting melanoma. This doesn’t mean those things don’t work, it just means they haven’t been fully studied. However, the next best thing is finding a doctor with 10 or 20 years of clinical experience using integrative practices and methods in treating cancer. They will have refined what they do over their experience with hundreds of patients before you, and you will benefit from that. They can also help you use herbs, supplements, diet, etc. to manage the side effects of chemotherapies, and can put together a post-treatment regimen to help you continue to kill any cancer that is left, and keep it from coming back.

Read about some integrative doctors here.

You can work with more than one doctor

It’s ok as well to work with more than one doctor. Especially when fighting very difficult forms of melanoma, doctors are used to working together in teams. It’s ok to have both a “normal” doctor and an “integrative” doctor working with you at the same time. Just be clear with both that you are working together, and ask them to talk to each other.

Find someone you are comfortable with

Beyond picking a doctor who has a treatment you’re interested in, its important to pick a doctor who has the right “feel.” You wan to find a doctor that you trust and that you genuinely feel cares about you and wants to help you fight and win. When you meet with them, ask yourself: Do I have faith in their intelligence and ability to help? Do they have a bedside manner than works with my personality and approach? Does my “gut” tell me to have faith in this person?

Your doctor is your partner in this fight. You wouldn’t marry someone at the beginning of the first date, and you don’t have to chose your doctor immediately either. Take the time to find the one that feels the most comfortable to you.

Consider traveling for treatment

If you find the right doctor and the right treatment, yet it requires travel, don’t despair. Many times the pharma company who has the experimental treatment you are considering, will sponsor some of your travel costs. There are also organizations that offer free flights for people who are fight cancer (ex. www.corpangelnetwork.org).

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I am not a doctor. I am the husband of a stage 4 melanoma survivor and my belief is that while melanoma is scary, especially at later stages, it is also something you can beat. While my wife was fighting strong and hard, I did hours and hours of research, day after day, figuring out things that might help her. I have shared a lot of those things in the melanoma treatments section of FoundHealth. Here, I lay out my step by step protocol for what I believe is a very effective “attack plan” to fighting and beating melanoma.

This plan is based on a simple philosophy: when you’re at war with cancer, you throw at it every credible thing you can find that might be effective. Most doctors will tell you that the majority of possible “integrative” treatments for melanoma (herbs, mind body techniques, supplements, foods, etc. ) have not been fully studied in multiple stage human trials and so they are not “proven” to work. This is 100% true and it is also 100% an unfortunate effect of the fact that pharma companies cannot profit from most of these treatments because they are not patentable. Since multiple stage human trials can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to complete (with no guaranteed outcome), these companies simply won’t pursue funding these treatment studies, and hence, they never get done.

However, just because treatments haven’t been proven to work in humans (though many have proven to work in animals and test tubes), it doesn’t mean they don’t work. It just means they may work and they may not. But if they don’t hurt you, then why not try them?

My philosophy is this: When you’re in a war to save your life, you send in the army, the navy, the air force, and the marines all at the same time. When its over and you’re cancer free, it won’t matter that you knew which of the 30 or 40 things you tried are the ones that worked. Trust me. The only thing that will matter is that you won!

Here is my protocol

  1. Believe in yourself: You can beat melanoma, even if it is a bad case of stage 4. Believing in yourself and your ability to do this is very important. Read more.
  2. Make sure you have an advocate: It’s incredibly difficult to fight a serious form of melanoma, let alone navigate the morass of the health system. Finding a friend(s) or family member(s) who can be your advocate and “ear” to bounce things off of really helps. Read more.
  3. Train your friends and family: Friends and family who love you want to help, but often they don’t know what to do or how to do it, and sometimes can even be detrimental. Training them at the start, and laying out the “ground rules” can really help. Read more.
  4. Find the right doctors, both “western” and “integrative”: No one doctor or person has all of the answers. Finding the right oncologist, integrative medicine doctor, surgeon, etc. can be a daunting task, but you can pick the ones that are right for you. [ Read more.
  5. Examine many different treatments: There are many different medical treatments for melanoma. Some work better than others. And some work better for one person vs. another. Picking the right one is a challenge, but you can do it. Read More.
  6. Take an integrative approach: I believe the integration of medical treatments along side herbs, supplements, diet, mental exercises, spirit and more, all working together, is your “secret weapon” to beating melanoma. Read more.
  7. Manage the side effects of treatment: The treatments you are given by your doctor will almost always have side effects. Some of them your doctor will know how to deal with. Some they will not. I discovered many other ways to manage the negative side effects of my wife’s chemo and bio treatments that the doctor did not know about.
  8. Change your diet: Food has an enormous impact on your ability to stay healthy, boost your immune system, lower internal inflammation, and more. Several foods have even specifically been shown to help fight melanoma. Some people actually claim they beat melanoma with diet alone. Read more about diet and melanoma.
  9. Take care of your body: Your body is your temple, it is your weapon against melanoma and staying strong while you fight can significantly help. Read more about using your body to beat melanoma.
  10. Protect your mind: Beyond believing in yourself, there are many things you can do with your mind to help you beat melanoma. Read more about using your mind to beat melanoma.
  11. Take herbs, supplements and vitamins: Many herbs, supplements, and vitamins have been shown to have an affect on fighting melanoma. A good protocol of these things can be really help. Read more about herbs and supplements to beat melanoma.
  12. Don’t be afraid of the unusual: Sometimes it’s hard to step “out of your box” and try things you’ve never done before. Often times, however, what is unusual today, is the norm in the future.
  13. Create a post-treatment protocol: To this day, over four years later, my wife still takes 40+ melanoma fighting supplements and vitamins a day, and our diet has permanently changed for the better. She’s smart because she continues to do everything she can to ensure that she stays cancer-free.
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I am not a doctor. I am the husband of a stage 4 melanoma survivor and my belief is that while melanoma is scary, especially at later stages, it is also something you can beat. While my wife was fighting strong and hard, I did hours and hours of research, day after day, figuring out things that might help her. I have shared a lot of those things in the melanoma treatments section of FoundHealth. Here, I lay out my step by step protocol for what I believe is a very effective “attack plan” to fighting and beating melanoma.

This plan is based on a simple philosophy: when you’re at war with cancer, you throw at it every credible thing you can find that might be effective. Most doctors will tell you that the majority of possible “integrative” treatments for melanoma (herbs, mind body techniques, supplements, foods, etc. ) have not been fully studied in multiple stage human trials and so they are not “proven” to work. This is 100% true and it is also 100% an unfortunate effect of the fact that pharma companies cannot profit from most of these treatments because they are not patentable. Since multiple stage human trials can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to complete (with no guaranteed outcome), these companies simply won’t pursue funding these treatment studies, and hence, they never get done.

However, just because treatments haven’t been proven to work in humans (though many have proven to work in animals and test tubes), it doesn’t mean they don’t work. It just means they may work and they may not. But if they don’t hurt you, then why not try them?

My philosophy is this: When you’re in a war to save your life, you send in the army, the navy, the air force, and the marines all at the same time. When its over and you’re cancer free, it won’t matter that you knew which of the 30 or 40 things you tried are the ones that worked. Trust me. The only thing that will matter is that you won!

Here is my protocol

  1. Believe in yourself: You can beat melanoma, even if it is a bad case of stage 4. Believing in yourself and your ability to do this is very important. Read more.
  2. Make sure you have an advocate: It’s incredibly difficult to fight a serious form of melanoma, let alone navigate the morass of the health system. Finding a friend(s) or family member(s) who can be your advocate and “ear” to bounce things off of really helps. Read more.
  3. Train your friends and family: Friends and family who love you want to help, but often they don’t know what to do or how to do it, and sometimes can even be detrimental. Training them at the start, and laying out the “ground rules” can really help. Read more.
  4. Find the right doctors, both “western” and “integrative”: No one doctor or person has all of the answers. Finding the right oncologist, integrative medicine doctor, surgeon, etc. can be a daunting task, but you can pick the ones that are right for you. Read more.
  5. Examine many different treatments: There are many different medical treatments for melanoma. Some work better than others. And some work better for one person vs. another. Picking the right one is a challenge, but you can do it. Read More.
  6. Take an integrative approach: I believe the integration of medical treatments along side herbs, supplements, diet, mental exercises, spirit and more, all working together, is your “secret weapon” to beating melanoma. Read more.
  7. Manage the side effects of treatment: The treatments you are given by your doctor will almost always have side effects. Some of them your doctor will know how to deal with. Some they will not. I discovered many other ways to manage the negative side effects of my wife’s chemo and bio treatments that the doctor did not know about.
  8. Change your diet: Food has an enormous impact on your ability to stay healthy, boost your immune system, lower internal inflammation, and more. Several foods have even specifically been shown to help fight melanoma. Some people actually claim they beat melanoma with diet alone. Read more about diet and melanoma.
  9. Take care of your body: Your body is your temple, it is your weapon against melanoma and staying strong while you fight can significantly help. Read more about using your body to beat melanoma.
  10. Protect your mind: Beyond believing in yourself, there are many things you can do with your mind to help you beat melanoma. Read more about using your mind to beat melanoma.
  11. Take herbs, supplements and vitamins: Many herbs, supplements, and vitamins have been shown to have an affect on fighting melanoma. A good protocol of these things can be really help. Read more about herbs and supplements to beat melanoma.
  12. Don’t be afraid of the unusual: Sometimes it’s hard to step “out of your box” and try things you’ve never done before. Often times, however, what is unusual today, is the norm in the future.
  13. Create a post-treatment protocol: To this day, over four years later, my wife still takes 40+ melanoma fighting supplements and vitamins a day, and our diet has permanently changed for the better. She’s smart because she continues to do everything she can to ensure that she stays cancer-free.
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You friends and family love you and want to support you while you fight and battle melanoma. The challenge for them most often, is that they haven’t gone through this themselves and they don’t always know how to help. They need to be trained on how to help, and the best thing you can do with them is to be upfront and clear about what you need, what you want, and what I call the “ground rules” of helping you. Tell them the “dos” and “don’t” for what you need and how to relate to you.

Here is an example of what ground rules might look like:

  • Don’t ever say the words “your melanoma” to me – it is not my melanoma. I didn’t invite this melanoma into my body, I don’t want it here, and it doesn’t have my permission to stay. It’s not my melanoma, it’s just “the melanoma” and I’m going to be kicking it out of my body.
  • Don’t tell me you’re worried about me. That makes me nervous. I need to hear that you’re not worried about me. That you believe in me and my ability to win this fight.
  • Don’t always focus on melanoma when you’re talking with me. While it’s true its my fight right now, and hardly a minute goes by that I don’t think about it, I am much more than this, and frankly, not talking about it helps me keep my mind off it. So its ok to ask me about how things are going, but lets spend most of the time talking about other stuff.
  • Its really exhausting fighting this, and the treatments are hard on my body. I’m really happy to see you when I see you, but I don’t have much energy to talk for long periods of time. So please keep the visits and conversations short and sweet and very positive and encouraging.

Ask them for help and let them organize:

  • My wife and I had friends and family rotate through the hospital, each one staying one night, when she was in treatment or recovering from surgery. It kept her spirit up, shared the burden of keeping watch on her, and also gave them something to do to be helpful.
  • We also had a friend set up a rotation where different people would stop by and bring food, help clean, do laundry, etc. It was a great way for them to get to see my wife, say hello, share some love and joy, help out a bit, and yet not talk with her too long to conserve her energy.
  • Sometimes the burden of the administrative things like getting copies of tests and scans and records from one doctor to another, was very time consuming, so we often let friend and family help us with it. My wife simply wrote and signed a letter allowing others authorizing to get copies of her medical records, and then they could take care of it for us.

Keep them informed

Its hard to keep everyone informed through individual conversation, but you can do this easily through email or by using some great websites like www.carepages.com. Your friends and family all want to know how you’re doing, what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, etc. But all of those questions from all of those people can be difficult to hear constantly. My wife had me send out emails to a list of 150 friends and family to keep them updated after major decisions were made, or as difficult treatments were going on. I have seen some people keep blogs as well. My wife isn’t a blogger, but some people find it to be a very effective way to keep everyone informed. Sites like carepages.com allow this kind of updating and blogging and also allow friends and family to comment and send messages of support back.

Summary

Your friends and family can be an enormous asset or a giant burden and energy drain. The best way to make sure they are helpful is to be clear with them about how they can help and what you need, and set the ground rules upfront.

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Experiences

Shared experience with Melanoma and Interferon 10 years ago

My wife did interferon twice. The first time was in conjunction with a Melacine trial after she was stage 3 in 1999. And then again initially after she was diagnosed with a recurrence, but before it moved on the stage 4. Interferon, at least at that time (2006) was the only FDA approved "Standard" treatment for Stage 3. Unfortunately, the statistical benefit of high dose interferon by itself is not great (there is some, but not a lot). It also has a lot of side effects. What's also unfortunate is that many of the side effects can be managed very well with non-western techniques (acupuncture, detoxifying the kidneys and liver post-infusions, etc.). But most western doctors don't know about these things (and would frown upon them anyway). I put together a protocol for side effect management for my wife, with the help of some non-western practitioners + my own research, and it really worked well. The hospital staff said they'd never seen anyone go through treatment so healthy. This matters a lot not only for comfort, but also because the success of the western treatments (chemo, interferon, IL2, etc.) is directly related to your ability to complete the treatment. Side effects can sometimes be so bad you have to reduce or stop treatment -- which in turn reduces the chances of success. Proper and thorough side effect management can make a huge difference. If anyone wants to know the protocol, I'm happy to share it.

Also, I wrote an article on my "strategy" to beat melanoma, compiled from all my research. You can read it here: http://www.foundhealth.com/melanoma/mike-rosenthals-strategy-to-beat-melanoma

My wife did interferon twice. The first time was in conjunction with a Melacine trial after she was stage 3 in 1999. And then again initially after she was diagnosed with a recurrence, but before it...

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Shared experience with Melanoma and Acupuncture 10 years ago

Both my wife and I have tried acupuncture and it worked well for both of us. She tried it first when she was battling Stage 4 melanoma. As she described, when she was doing acupuncture was the only time during treatment when she felt truly peaceful and calm. It helped relax her and give her strength in the fight. She is now 5 years with no sign of cancer. I also tried it to help me relieve stress years later and found it really helped. What was most interesting is that we responded to different people. She tried 2 or 3 acupuncturists before she found one that really helped her. I did the same thing. And surprisingly, the one that worked for her didn't work for me. And the one that worked for me didn't work for her. My sense is that Acupuncture is a personal treatment, like therapy, where finding the right practitioner (which can only really be accomplished by experimenting with multiple practitioners) is the only way to ensure it will work for you. Bu trust me... when you do, it really does work! I am a physicist by training, and Einstein's theories tell us that the entire universe, including every cell in our bodies, is at its most fundamental state, energy. So it makes sense to me that a medicine based on energy flow can affect us at deep levels that "modern" medicine can barely understand.

Both my wife and I have tried acupuncture and it worked well for both of us. She tried it first when she was battling Stage 4 melanoma. As she described, when she was doing acupuncture was the only...

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Shared experience with Melanoma and Maitake 10 years ago

I did not try it, but my wife did. I did a bunch of research, and also talked with a number of integrative doctors who recommend it. Everything I found suggested that it is likely to stop the proliferation of melanoma cells and help kill them. She still takes Maitake to this day, 5 years later.

I did not try it, but my wife did. I did a bunch of research, and also talked with a number of integrative doctors who recommend it. Everything I found suggested that it is likely to stop the...

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Shared experience with Melanoma and Melatonin 11 years ago

I use melatonin regularly for help with sleep. I only need to take between 1-3mg about 30 minutes before I want to go to sleep and it works very well -- I rarely have trouble falling asleep afterwards. Its particularly helpful in fighting jet lag and resetting your "internal sleep clock" after you've landed in a new time zone.

My wife also uses melatonin in the prevention and treatment of melanoma. She had stage 4 melanoma and one of the best integrative health doctors who we were working with, recommended it. He prescribed 20mg per night for her. I did my own research and found a lot of very credible evidence and studies that suggested that it really does help fight melanoma. She's shown no evidence of melanoma for 4 years and still takes the melatonin regularly. This is one of my top 4 recommended herbs/supplements for fighting melanoma.

I use melatonin regularly for help with sleep. I only need to take between 1-3mg about 30 minutes before I want to go to sleep and it works very well -- I rarely have trouble falling asleep...

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Shared experience with Melanoma and AHCC (ImmPower) 11 years ago

I myself did not try this, but my wife, who fought stage 4 melanoma, and has had cancer free scans for four years now, has taken this for four years. It was prescribed by several integrative medicine doctors, and my research on pubmed and other reputable websites showed supporting evidence that it can be helpful in fighting melanoma. The truth about the later stages of melanoma is that no one knows "the cure" and my personal belief is that its helpful to try a lot of different things that can be helpful... and some are bound to work. AHCC (ImmPower) is one that I believe strongly in. It's expensive, but later stage melanoma is one of those things where you have to throw your budget "out the window."

I myself did not try this, but my wife, who fought stage 4 melanoma, and has had cancer free scans for four years now, has taken this for four years. It was prescribed by several integrative medicine...

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Shared experience with Melanoma and Vitamin D3 11 years ago

Once again, I did not try this myself, but this was (and still is) one of the supplements my wife took to help her fight stage 4 melanoma. My research along with the research of other doctors we were working with, suggested this would a very good one for her to take.

Once again, I did not try this myself, but this was (and still is) one of the supplements my wife took to help her fight stage 4 melanoma. My research along with the research of other doctors we were...

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