Having really focused on my nutrition and gut issues over the past few and learning more about functional medicine and integrative health I wanted to really attack this cancer from all angles: traditional medicine and functional medicine.
The problem is, these two camps don’t always agree, leaving me, the patient, to try to navigate how to leverage the best of both worlds.
Thankfully there is a lot of research out there on newer cancer treatment protocols that leverage nutrition and supplements to help shrink tumors and also help dilute the effects of chemotherapy. I found the book, The Metabolic Approach to Cancer by Dr. Nasha Winters ND FABNO L.Ac Dipl.OM. Nasha was able to “cured” her stage IV ovarian cancer that she was diagnosed with more than 22 years ago though nutrition and the “terrain.” The main focus is on reducing sugar and carbs and focusing on organic vegetables and meats. Her patients and others who follow functional medicine has show success with intermittent fasting and the Ketogenic diet and thankfully those were already protocols I was familiar with and living.
I also received support by my functional medicine provider Dr. Maxine Barish Wreden who echoed the the approach by Nasha Winters and also a focus on spirituality and meditation. And lucky me, my brother Justin and his girlfriend Sachi are into holistic living and have provided me lots of information and supplements!
- Daily morning sunlight exposure
- Exercise (less than 60 minutes / less than 30 HIIT)
- Sauna 3-4 times/week
- Daily stress practice – meditation, walks, 4-7-8 breath
- Remove toxins in house
- Keto cycles (month on/off)
- Intermittent fasting 16:8 or 18:6 most days
- No sugar or processed foods
- Chemo: Fast 24 hours before and day of. Drink organic broth, tea and decaf coffee
- Slow cooking, low heats, no bbq
- Alkaline water
- Food Fighters (organic): Watercress, leafy greens, onions, garlic, tumuric, cruciferous vegetables
My chemotherapy regime is once every 3 weeks for four months. So six treatments total, around 4-6 hours each time. And then for the following remainder of a year I have to go in to get my targeted therapies on the same schedule. My “chemo cocktail” includes:
- Taxotere (Chemotherapy)
- Paraplatin (Chemotherapy)
- Ibrance (Targeted therapy)
- Herceptin (Targeted therapy)
After chemotherapy (if all stays on track my last date is scheduled for July 4 – cheers to independence), I will need surgery and have to weigh the pros and cons of a lumpectomy vs mastectomy. And then radiation. And then reconstruction if needed. It’s going to be a journey for sure but each step will hopefully get me closer to being cancer free.
|Dexamethasone||1 by mouth 2xper day for 3 days. Start day before chemo.||Pharmacy|
|Levofloxicin||1/day for 7 days. Start day 6 after chemo||prophylaxis to prevent bacterial infection in chemotherapy||Pharmacy|
|Prochlorperazine||1 every 6 hours as needed for nausea||Pharmacy|
|Ondansetron||1 by mouth every 8 hours as needed for nausea||Pharmacy|
|Lidocaine||Apply to port 1 hour prior to use||Pharmacy|
|Vitamin D||2,000-5,000 IU per day||Justin/Sachi|
|Fish Oil||2000-3000 MG||Not on chemo day|
|Curcumin||500-1000||2x/day or use turmeric with black pepper||Justin/Sachi|
|Turkey Tail Mushroom||1500 – 4000 mg||2x/day||In OM mix|
|Coenzyme Q10||100 mg||Check for contraindications with chemo||Have|
|Nori Seaweed||2 sheets/day|
|Green Tea or Green Tea Extract||3-5 Cups/day|
|Ashwagandha||500 mg||2x/day||Gaia Herbs; thrive market; $14|
|Flaxseed Meal||1-2 tbs||2x/day||Have|
|Melatonin||1-20 mg||1 hour before bed. 1-3 mg||Source Naturals; thrive; $9|
|Enzyme||Raw enzyme for women; thrive market; $36|
|Paul de Arco Tea||All day, drink as much as you can.||Justin/Sachi|
|Pea Powder||2 times a day||Justin/Sachi|
|OM Mushroom||2 tsp/day||Justin/Sachi|
|AHCC||That’s 1,000 mg in the morning, 1,000 mg in the afternoon, and 1,000 mg at night||IMMUNITY||$64.95 Amazon (Justin ordered)|
|GI Rescue||2 tablespoons a day||IMMUNITY||Justin/Sachi (Ordered)|
|Immunity Matrix||1-2 teaspoons a day||IMMUNITY||Justin/Sachi(Ordered)|
|Bag of Tricks||2 tablespoons a day||IMMUNITY||Justin Sachi (Ordered)|
|Reduced Glutathione, Supports Liver Health||IMMUNITY||Justin/Sachi (Ordered)|
|Methyl Folate (B12)||1 Pill a day||Justin/Sachi (Ordered)|
5 thoughts on “East + West: My Treatment Protocol”
Thank you so much for your concise communication. Actually I am going to pass on to a friend your eastern regime. Mind over matter and prayer totally works! You have a million prayers coming your way. Much love Carolyn and Richard
You are simply amazing! I love hearing your voice through your writing. You shine bright – keep letting it shine!
Any one interested in the power of mediation and breathing I recommend Art of Living. I started the Happiness course recently. https://www.artofliving.org/us-en/program/150239
Sara, your strength and determination will carry you through this journey. Your heartwarming smile to those around you and amazing attitude will help your girls to see what a wonderful strong Mom they have in you. Keep up the great work, you are awesome! Xoxo
You are a rock star. I love that you are using eastern health wisdom along with your treatments.
You are a light my friend and are in my daily prayers.