Anticancer: A New Way of Life Kindle Edition
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Stage III locally advanced inoperable cancer in March 2009. He has
completed chemo and radiation at MD Anderson in Houston and his
radiation oncologist believes it will be a "curative treatment." I
have been an avid amateur researcher/reader since my husband's
diagnosis (I used to read 1-2 novels a week -- I have read NO novels
since his diagnosis, and instead have spent my time reading about this
disease). I have previously recommended the book "Foods That Fight
Cancer" which is still my number 1 recommendation to people with
cancer. However, the book I am about to tell you about comes in at a
"Anti Cancer, A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD PhD". I
am about halfway through the book, but had to write to tell you all
about it, and to recommend, with all my heart, that you read it. I
have put an excerpt from the book below. I was reading it aloud to my
husband, but had to stop because of the tears.
From Chapter 6 -- The Anticancer Foods
"One Thursday evening, Richard Beliveau received a desperate call
about a friend with a serious cancer of the pancreas. Lenny lived in
New York. At Memorial Sloan-Ketttering Hospital -- one of the major
cancer centers in the US -- Lenny had been told that he had only a few
more months to live. Cancer of the pancreas, is, in fact, one of the
most ominous types of cancer.
Lenny was like a character out of a novel. A large man with a booming
laugh and legendary fits of anger, he had always loved poker and
gambling. He had been dealt a bad hand, but once more he was going to
try his luck up to the end. Did Beliveau have anything to suggest?
Lenny was ready to go to the ends of the earth to participate in any
experimental protocol his friend might recommend.
On the telephone, Lenny's wife could hardly speak. She mumbled about
having been together for 32 years, about having never been apart. She
could not imagine that it was going to end like that, so suddenly.
She pleaded for a bit of time.
Beliveau had the medical file faxed to him, and the next morning he
went through international databases for the most recent research
trials. But there were very few on cancer of the pancreas, and the
existing ones did not take patients at such an advanced stage. Heavy
hearted, he called back Lenny's wife the same evening to announce his
failure. She was in tears. She said she had hear about his interest
in food and cancer. She was going to care for Lenny "from A to Z,
every day, till the end," she said. He would do anything she told him
to, and if Beliveau had any suggestions, they'd try them all. They
had nothing to lose.
There was indeed nothing to lose. If his ideas were right, this was
the moment to give someone in need a chance to benefit from them.
Throughout the weekend, Believeau went over the Medline database. He
gathered articles from wide-ranging sources about foods that had a
demonstrated effect in fighting cancer. He calculated concentrations
of phytochemicals that could be obtained with quantities used in
cooking, evaluated their assimilation by the intestine and their
bioavailability to tissue. After two days of intense work, he
produced a first list of "foods that fight cancer" on which he would
later base a book. The list included, among other things, various
kinds of cabbage, broccoli, garlic, soy, green tea, turmeric,
raspberries, blueberries and dark chocolate. That Sunday night, he
called Lenny's wife to give her the list, along with key
instructions: "Cancer is like diabetes. You must look after it every
day. You have a few months; foods from this list must be eaten at
every meal over that period with no exceptions. They are not to be
eaten only occasionally. You must not depart from this list." He
also told her that all fats except olive, canola or flaxeed oil were
proscribed, so as to avoid inflammation-promoting omega-6's. He
recommended some Japanese recipes he know and particularly liked.
Lenny's wife took notes and promised to prepare these every day. It
was the one hope she could cling to.
In the beginning she called often. She scrupulously did what she had
promised, but she was frightened. Over the telephone she still wept,
" don't want to lose him...I don't want to lose him...." After two
weeks, her voice changed. "It's the first time he's gotten up in the
last four months," she announced. "Today he ate with a good
appetite." Day after day, the improvement was confirmed: "He's
feeling better.... He's walking.... He went out...." Beliveau couldn't
believe his ears. After all, it was cancer of the pancreas, a cancer
that strikes like lightening, one of the most aggressive. But there
was no doubt that something was changing in Lenny's exhausted body.
Lenny survived four and a half years. For a long time, his tumor was
stable and even regressed by almost a quarter. He went back to his
usual occupations and to his travels. His oncologist in New York said
he had never seen anything like it. For awhile it was as if Lenny
carried around his cancer without being sick, though his body
eventually succumbed. When Beliveau tells the story, he almost
blushes. "It was the first time that I'd made this sort of
recommendation. Obviously, it was a single case. It was impossible
to draw any conclusions. But all the same...what if it were possible?"
There's more, but you get the idea. I highly recommend the book.