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Daniel Hauser and Chemotherapy for Patients With Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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The story of the young Hodgkin's lymphoma patient, Daniel Hauser, running away from chemotherapy created a lot attention in the media and on the Web.



Here are some facts:
Hodgkin's lymphoma was first described by the British physician Thomas Hodgkin in 1832. It remained a fatal disease for almost 100 years. The first evidence of cure was reported with radiation therapy in the early 1940s as approximately 20% of the patients could be cured, all of whom had early stage disease.

Patients with advanced stage Hodgkin's lymphoma remained non-curable until the 1960s when combination chemotherapy was introduced for the management of these patients. Today, several combination chemotherapy regimens (sometimes given with radiation therapy) are expected to cure approximately 70% of all patients. Patients with early stage Hodgkin's lymphoma have a cure rate of 85% to 90%.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy have side effects that may include hair loss, nausea and vomiting, a decrease in the blood cell count, infertility, and in rare cases lung and heart damage. Patients who are cured may also develop second cancers later on. Despite these complications, chemotherapy remains the standard of care and has the best track record for curing patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Active research is ongoing to find gentler treatments that preferentially target the cancer cells with little or no damage to normal cells http://bit.ly/wQ3x9. These new experimental drugs are currently being investigated in patients with relapsed Hodgkin's lymphoma, but it will take a few years to incorporate them in front-line regimens. Therefore, patients should be encouraged to participate in these new clinical trials so these trials can be completed in a timely manner.

There are currently two promising drugs that are undergoing evaluation for possible approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: SGN-35 and Panobinostat. But other promising new drugs also are being evaluated, although they're at an earlier phase of testing. Some of these drugs are given as pills and others are given by infusions in the vein.  

Alternative therapy has no track record of curing patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The medical community isn't against the use of alternative therapy as a principle. But because it doesn't cure patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma, the priority should be focused on using curative regimens.



For more information on current targeted therapy for patients with relapsed Hodgkin's lymphoma, please see the following links from ClinicalTrials.gov

http://bit.ly/11QdMp
http://bit.ly/7CA5I
http://bit.ly/1apZxw
http://bit.ly/JIU5E

For further information or to refer a patient to M. D. Anderson, please contact Anas Younes, M.D.,
 
 

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I am totally sick at the outright lies being expressed in this case; however, I cannot blame most people for making these expressions.

The modern medical establishment shrewdly used its prestige and power so that IT will be viewed as THE only legitimate health care. It did this by heavily defaming the natural healing professions, calling them "quacks " and "voodoo doctors."

So everyone was taught to believe that modern medical treatments are "real" medicine, while any natural things are old fashioned unscientific superstitions.

THE TRUTH THOUGH IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE!!

Almost all of the modern pharmaceutical drugs are artificial poisonous substances which do not belong inside a human body. When ingested, they may push down certain illness mechanisms, but they also push the rest of the body into unnatural states and thus cause the development of other injuries. The modern medical world openly admits this, and says that these are "side effects" of the medications.

The modern conventional chemotherapy drugs are severely toxic items. How much they effectively stop the cancerous growths is often questionable. What is not questionable about them are their extremely terrible well known side effects -- many of which you Dr. Younes openly mentioned in your article: horrific pain, unstoppable vomiting, total loss of hair, massive weight gain, damage to heart and lungs (in rare cases), destruction of red blood cells, destruction of memory, destruction of reproductive ability, and destruction of immunity with possible death. I repeat, chemo, with its destruction of the immune system, can actually, yes, CAUSE DEATH to happen from even a small infection!

So on the contrary! Mrs. Coleen Hauser was trying to save her son's life; I repeat, Mrs. Hauser was trying to, yes, SAVE her son's life -- from, Lord Forbid, either outright death, or being turned into a deformed invalid!

By sharp contrast, the techniques of the natural healing fields are geared to support and help the body reset and reactivate its proper functioning, and the "medicines" used are mostly natural materials that the body needs as "food" to fuel these functions. Many scientific studies have thus verified the numerous benefits to many areas of health of various nutrients. For examples of nutrients with cancer, see:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8971064

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9634050

http://uimc.discoveryhospital.com/main.php?t=symptom&p=selenium_seen_as_prostate_prot

http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/reprint/8/11/3579.pdf

http://www.creighton.edu/publicrelations/newscenter/news/2007/june2007/june82007/vitamind_cancer_nr060807/index.php

At the same time, it must be noted that the natural professions do not completely reject the work of modern medicine. On the contrary, they greatly appreciate and admire modern medicine's discoveries and accomplishments and openly declare that there are numerous situations where modern drugs -- including chemotherapy and radiation -- and surgery are what is needed.

What they do say though is that there are numerous conditions that can be effectively taken care of with appropriate natural techniques with minimal side effects. Therefore, in those cases, they strongly condemn the standard world for unnecessarily subjecting patients to harmful drugs or dangerous operations. Furthermore, even where standard work is needed, natural work can still help in two ways: 1. It can cause some improvement so that less medication or less invasive surgery is needed. 2. It can help repair the side effect damage from the harsh drug or surgery.

Therefore, the natural professions call what they do "Complementary Medicine" or "Integrated Medicine." One of the top holistic doctors told me: "We try to take the best of both worlds."

And this is what Mrs. Hauser wanted! She openly said that she was not against chemotherapy; because of its severe problems though, she understandably wanted it only as a last resort. She further wanted that any chemo work should be complemented with natural work to lessen the terrible pain her son would have.

She thus wanted to go to one of the many holistic cancer centers in Mexico where they specialize in these techniques of combining needed chemotherapy and radiation with appropriate natural therapies. Now, exactly what formulation of treatment they would have given Daniel, we will never know! For Mrs. Hauser and her son were not allowed to do this! They were not allowed to do any of this!

WHY?? YES, WHY???

The standard doctors have NOW said that she COULD have some complementary things. That is certainly very nice! All that I know though is that with their new chemo rounds, Daniel has been violently vomiting as much as ever!

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