I’m writing about my personal experience with alternative methods for treating lymphoma rather than doing chemotherapy. I want people to know that these can be successful. This is not a prescription for what anyone else should do, rather to state what is working for me.
On my website, the story ends in May 2014 when I received the great news that my brain tumor had not grown. This continues to be true! I directly attribute this to all I do to take care of myself through my brain rehabilitation program and a brain healthy diet. Alternative methods are viable (when done under the guidance of an experienced physician) and it can be a great relief to avoid or minimize the side effects of many common drugs and procedures.
General Anesthesia and History of Brain Injuries
I chose NOT to have brain surgery because it involves general anesthetic that affects the brain’s cognitive functioning. For a person with any type of brain injury, the effects can last for months, years to indefinitely, resulting in what is seen as dementia. I personally have seen patients diagnosed with dementia that had a prior history of brain injury, and had an operation requiring general anesthesia. Having seen these results and conferring with my neurologist and neurosurgeon about the possible long term effects, I decided not to have brain surgery for my brain tumor.
Lymphoma Diagnosis : Saying “No” to Chemo Brain
In May of 2014, an MRI found a tumor on my liver that indicated the possibility of liver cancer, my doctors insisted that I have a biopsy. The results showed I had a rare form of lymphoma.
Two oncologists recommended chemotherapy, one regimen would have put me out of work and required a caretaker for the duration. In both situations, I declined treatment, because I’m keenly aware of the side-effects of chemotherapy that affect cognitive functioning, often called “chemo brain.” I had to make a quality of life decision. Many chemotherapy patients I know have experienced months of cognitive (memory, thinking, judgment) problems after their regimens. I lived with these symptoms for almost 7 years as a result of my initial brain surgery and concussion. I had NO choice in those situations. I chose not to risk such an experience again. Yes, the chemotherapy might stop or cure my lymphoma, but I might not be able to function again: I had reached the point where quality of life was far more important than the quantity of years lived.
Alternative Methods that are working for me: I call it “My Concoction”
I told my oncologist that I wanted to continue “my concoction” that I was using for my brain injury, brain tumor, and Lyme disease, adding in hypnosis.
My PET scans have been optimistic. The first shows cancer only on the liver and nowhere else in my body. The second shows the same results with a slight decrease in the tumor. This decrease came as a result of absolutely no chemotherapy, it is due solely to my method of treatment.
My Treatment Program for My Lymphoma
This is not a recommendation for anyone else, yet I know it has worked for me.
I can’t tell you what item or thing is working or if it has to be together. All I know is that my tumor is slightly smaller and I do not have to see my oncologist for 3 months and another PET scan for 6 months. And there is NO, absolutely NO side effects from what I’m doing!
Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D. (c) Copyright June 2016