I haven't posted in a while since receiving the "remission" about 6 weeks ago, wanting to distance myself from cancer for a while. I was diagnosed with stage 4 OC back in May 2017 with a CA 125 of over 5000. I'm now at 27 after 10 months of carbo/taxol and surgery last August. Ultimately they found the cancer originated in the fallopian tubes. The stage 4 diagnosis was only due to the pleural effusion, which was not malignant and has completely resolved. The cancer had not spread to any other organs. That said, I'm not considered NED because the latest scan showed some tiny "caking" in the abdomen, but my onc is quite convinced it's scar tissue. For that reason I'll be scanned every 3 months instead of 6 to start. He did use the word remission, though! I'll take it.....
Ending chemo is a wild psychological ride, as many of you well know. I'm almost afraid to use the word "remission." Taxol did a number on my joints - mostly knees - and I'm slowly getting out of pain. I can walk a mile now, slowly, but I get there. My goal is to get in the best physical shape I can.
The other reason for this post is to share what I'm taking to boost my immune system through the guidance of my naturopathic doctor who specializes in cancer care. Here is Washington State NDs are licensed doctors and my insurance covers my visits. I've been into supplements for many years, but some of these I never heard of. I hope this helps someone! Love from Seattle USA, Kathy
Fucoidan (Doctor's Best) 300 mg 2x day (immune booster/anti cancer made from seaweed)
Turkey Tail (Fungi Perfecti) 2 capsules 2x day (immune booster/anti cancer made from a specific type of mushroom
Meriva (A potent form of curcumin/tumeric) for joint pain as well as anti cancer, 500 mg 2x day for 45 days
CoQ10 to boost energy 200 mg 2x day for 45 days
Phosphahdyl Serine 100 mg 2x a day for "chemo brain"
I also take digestive enzymes. I'm on an "anti inflammatory diet", limiting simple sugars to 15 grams per day and focused on protein (50 grams per day), fruits, vegetables and 8-10 glasses of water per day. I've also been advised to transition to cosmetics and creams without parabens and other harmful substances.