Cancer Coaching- getting a different kind of second opinion

PeopleBeatingCancer and the demystification of cancer- part 1.1

When most people think of getting a second opinion after a cancer diagnosis, they think of consulting another oncologist. While this kind of second opinion is important, talking to a long-term cancer survivor who has experienced and studied all aspects of cancer care may identify issues that a conventional oncologist won't.

There are many reasons for a second opinion after a cancer diagnosis. Why not talk to a cancer survivor who has seen it all?

Click the link below and tell me what's on your mind:

First of All, Get a Second Opinion

"But it's honest. Wittingly or not, medical professionals defer to each other not just by tenure but specialty—with some parlous results. In turn, we lay folk routinely defer to them. A 2010 Gallup poll found that 70% of Americans are so respectful of their doctor's advice that they never get a second opinion or do additional research…

Medical errors in the U.S. cost about $20 billion a year—not to mention lives. A new health-care documentary, "Escape Fire," notes that when you give doctors big rewards for doing certain procedures ($1,500 for putting in a stent versus, say, $15 for talking to a patient), that's what they will do. Such procedures may be not just unhelpful (the Congressional Budget Office says up to 30% of them don't improve outcomes) but hurtful. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010 found that 18% of patients were actually harmed by medical care…

But this soon-to-boom business usefully reminds us that any authority is biased and fallible. More information is better, and when it comes to health, it pays to probe and keep probing. Being opinionated is fine. Being second opinionated could save your life."

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David Emerson

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4 comments on “Cancer Coaching- getting a different kind of second opinion
  1. I have Prostate cancer and I was on Hormone Therapy I got Hot flesh for many years but I have to go to Bath-room during night very often

  2. Alan Pague says:

    I am a 63 year old male who was diagnosed with prostate cancer 2 years ago. the oncologists recomment surgery to remove prostate, or radiation or both as needed. not recommended is seed therapy.
    i have seen my brother in law go along with his doctors and he died within two years of being diagnosed with a cancer of the blood.
    My homeopathic doctor in mexico, has just received his license to practice medicine here in the usa and recommends following the oncologists advice.
    I don’t plan on following their advice. i prefer to die without all of the pain and suffering i have seen friends and relatives go through with surgery, surgery problems, radiation, more readiation, and chemotherapy that never ends until you are dead.
    I am taking ;
    1. 1 nature made muliti vitamin for him
    2. 4 IP6 & INOSITOL daily
    3. 375 mg CuraMed with BCM-95 (ie. Curcumin)
    4. 400 mg EGCg (green tea extract)
    5. 200 mcg of Selenium
    6. 5 mg of Biotin
    7. 8 drops of cellfood in water
    8. 200mg of organic fresh squeezed lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass distilled water

    My oncologist wants to have a MRI done on my prostate.

    My question: Is there anything else that might be recommended to fight this prostate cancer. I was originally diagnosed with a gleason score of (3+3) two years ago. My gleason score last year was (4+3). My PSA throuhout has been hovering around 3. Any comments are welcome.


    • Hi Alan-
      I am sorry to read of your prostate cancer diagnosis and I understand your basic disagreement with conventional oncology. I live with a great deal of collateral damage from aggressive conventional therapies that I underwent. Therapies that did nothing for my cancer.

      However, it is not simply yes or no to conventional oncology. Take one issue at a time. Below I will discuss your original pc diagnosis, further diagnostic testing and your integrative therapies.

      First, regarding your diagnosis two years ago. While your Gleason and PSA scores are getting up there and should not be taken lightly, I agree with you that you do not need to be too aggressive at this point. What sort of symptoms are you currently living with? If any?

      PSA “hovering around 3″ does not have to mean therapy at this point. How long have you been taking the list of supplements above? Meaning, do your numbers, PSA and Gleason, reflect any time taking the supplements? Will your insurance cover your MRI?

      Alan, if you choose to focus on lifestyle and supplements to manage your PCa, it is a good idea to get diagnostic checks as often as possible. If your numbers remained stable then you can make a good case for avoiding conventional therapies- therapies which will bring negative side effects.

      Regarding your supplement list. Please click the link below to read a blog post I wrote about a study conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish. It seems to me that you exhibit the symptoms of one of the “30 low risk prostate cancer patients.” By dedicating your life to what is mentioned in the article, diet, daily moderate exercise (6 times weekly) you stand to change your prostate cancer’s genetic expression and to manage your PCa. Again, please keep a close eye, diagnostically speaking, on your prostate.

      Curcumin, green tea extract, less red meat, lots of fruits and veggies, regular testing, Alan, you are pursuing therapies. Lots of then. Just not conventional therapies.
      Let me know if this makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions.
      Hang in there.

      David Emerson

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