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Non-Small Cell Survivor – 5.5 Years & Going Strong

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Doing the Snoopy Dance!

Doing the Snoopy Dance!

SV has a story very similar to yours, Mom.  She is a 44 year old woman with a new baby.  She developed a dry, non-productive cough which initially she just attributed to tiredness.  When she finally went to her PCP, he put her on a course of antibiotics – thinking it was some type of bacterial infection.  When that didn’t work, he did a chest x-ray and discovered she had one large tumor in her lower left lung that was stage III non-small cell lung cancer.

A PET scan revealed that the one tumor in her lung was all she was dealing with – there was no metastic disease and the cancer had not spread.

On the advice of her oncologist, she underwent a lower lobectomy on her left lung.  The surgeon found that the cancer had invaded three of her eight lymph nodes evaluated.  Her oncologist told her that chemotherapy and radiation would probably not be very helpful when (not if) her cancer returned.  However, knowing this, he still recommended an aggressive chemo and radiation therapy for her.

At this time, she heard about Dr. Gonzalez’s nutritional therapies and opted to forego all traditional treatments in favor of alternative methods. 

A follow up CT scan from February 2003 (almost two years after the surgeon removed her tumor) did reveal a 2-3 mm nodule in the periphery of the right lung.  A follow up scan in September 2003 showed that ”The nodule in the periphery of the right lung posteriorly… remains unchanged and stable.”  Repeat CT scans in August 2004 reported “A stable 2-3 mm pulmonary nodule is seen in the right lower lobe.  No new nodules are seen…” Her most recent scans in October 2005 were completely clear.

Today, more than 5.5 years after beginning her nutritional therapy, SV remains compliant with her nutritional regimen and in good health with no evidence of recurrent disease.  She continues to follow up periodically with her local oncologist, who seems very supportive of the road she has taken.

Source:  Dr. Gonzalez


Written by Tracey

September 1, 2008 at 9:15 am

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  1. I was amazed to see how similar our cases are. I was diagnosed with Stage IIIb non-small cell carcinoma and, as you know, the PET Scan revealed that the mass was too large for surgery. This testimony is very encouraging to me and helps fortify my decision to go natural in my treatment. I pray my oncologist will be as supportive as hers is. Thanks for this post, Tracey.



    September 3, 2008 at 2:22 am

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