The 4 Things you Must Know, but Your Oncologist Won’t Tell You

Last week one of my classmates was diagnosed with breast cancer and is starting her first round of chemotherapy.  My prayers go out to her and her family that her body will be able to tolerate the treatments and she will survive.  Though I always respect someone’s decision for their own treatment plan, I also feel the urgency to enlighten you on information you may not know.  Information that your oncologist will not share with you and most likely doesn’t know.  If you are going to choose a treatment plan as toxic as chemotherapy, you should be completely informed on the massive side effects, lack of effectiveness and permanent damage it will cause to your body. Wouldn’t you want to know all of these details before signing up?  Wouldn’t you also want to know about alternative treatments plans that are more effective, less/nontoxic, and have a higher success rate with virtually no side effects?  YES, of course you would!  That is why I am writing this post.  You need to be informed of all of your options before selecting the one for you.  I wish I would have known this information when I was diagnosed.

1.  Most cancers develop very slowly in your body so there is time to research options before deciding a treatment plan.  Unless you have a life threatening condition, such as a tumor blocking your bowel, don’t let your doctor scare you into rushing into a treatment plan.  Take your time and make your own decision.  Most cancers take years to develop into a life theatening condition.  A few days to consider treatment options won’t make a big difference in big picture and it will give you time to make sure you are choosing the best plan for you.

2.  Side effects of Chemotherapy will damage your body forever and set you up for a lifetime of problems.  I wish oncologists would hand you a list of all the possible side effects of chemotherapy and radiation at your consultation and go over each and every one in depth before recommending this treatment plan.  This list alone can be enough for you to pass on this treatment option.  It is also the reason oncologists don’t go over this list.  They would be out of business because no one in their right mind would sign up for it.  Here’s a few common side effects you can expect if you volunteer for chemotherapy from Cancer.net:

  • Anemia
  • Appetite Loss
  • Attention, Thinking, or Memory Problems
  • Bleeding Problems
  • Blocked Intestine or Gastrointestinal Obstruction
  • Clotting Problems
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Difficulty Swallowing or Dysphagia
  • Dry Mouth or Xerostomia
  • Edema or Fluid Retention
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid Around the Lungs or Malignant Pleural Effusion
  • Fluid in the Abdomen or Ascites
  • Fluid in the Arms or Legs, or Lymphedema
  • Hair Loss or Alopecia
  • Hand-Foot Syndrome or Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia
  • Headaches
  • Hormone Deprivation Symptoms: Men
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Infection
  • Menopausal Symptoms: Women
  • Mental Confusion or Delirium
  • Mouth Sores or Mucositis
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Nervous System Side Effects
  • Neutropenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain
  • Sexual Problems
  • Skin Conditions
  • Shortness of Breath or Dyspnea
  • Skin Reactions to Targeted Therapies
  • Sleeping Problems: Hypersomnia or Somnolence Syndrome or Nightmares
  • Sleeping Problems: Insomnia
  • Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
  • Taste Changes
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Weight Gain
  • Weight Loss
Whoo Hoo!  Sign me up…NOT!!!


3.  Success rates for cancer range from 3%-90% for the same type of cancer.
  Most people go with conventional treatment (the 3% treatments) because they do not know about alternative treatments which have up to a 90% success rate.  Did you know that the average overall contribution chemotherapy gives you is only 3%?  Wow, that is pathetic!  If you knew that, would you choose that option for your treatment plan?  Most people would be better off doing nothing at all to treat their cancer than to submit their bodies to this toxic treatment and all the side effects that go along with it.  I know this statistic is hard to believe, but it is true.  If you don’t believe me, study the data in the Australian and American traditional medicine “5-year survival” charts and see what the 5-year cure rate is for your type of cancer:  (Cure rate is defined by surviving 5 years after diagnosis)

Clinical Oncology (2004, p.549-560):
Oncology Cure Rates
Definitely gives you some food for thought!

4.  The success rate for alternative cancer treatments plummet to as low as 10% if conventional treatment is used first.  Ugh, here’s another blow for conventional treatment.  A lot of people don’t turn to alternative treatments until after they have exhausted all of the conventional options.  This is a huge mistake!  They use alternative treatments as a last resort instead of a first option.  Most people don’t know better, but it is so much harder to have your body reverse cancer after your immune system has been destroyed with toxic treatment. After conventional treatment, your body has to detox, then recover, then try to reverse the cancer.  This takes time which most people don’t have in the last stages of cancer.  It gives alternative treatment a bad rap.  They say they tried it but then pass away shortly after receiving treatment.  The alternative treatment never had a chance because the damage was already done by conventional treatment.

Let’s turn the tide and make alternative treatment the first and most effective option! 

For more information on the alternative treatments and to increase your chance for survival, go to www.cancertutor.com.  It is a great resource of information to understand the theories behind alternative cancer treatment.  This information could save your life or the life of someone you love.

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