Any kind of brain cancer, especially a glioblastoma, comes with a gloomy prognosis. The most common and most deadly form of brain cancer, glioblastoma leaves almost no survivors three months after diagnosis without treatment, and kills 90 percent of those diagnosed within five years even with aggressive treatment. Every now and then, however, someone beats the odds. The longest survival I've ever heard of is 29 years (and that person is still going strong).
Exceptional cancer patients tend to hit cancer with everything they've got. Usually it isn't just rejection of modern medicine that makes the difference. It's use of every medical intervention and every natural treatment available together that prolongs active life.
There are just other things you can also do. For example:
- Marijuana contains some chemicals that are useful in containing glioblastoma. There is a growing body of evidence that a chemical in marijuana that doesn't make you high, helps kill this kind of brain cancer cell. It's important to understand that what happens in a Petri dish isn't necessarily duplicated in an actual, living human brain. However, there is also a growing body of evidence that marijuana compounds will work in people as well as in the laboratory. What is important to understand is that the chemical that stops the aggressive behavior of brain tumors, cannabidiol, isn't naturally abundant in marijuana. It doesn't naturally pass with ease into the brain, either. It would be better to use a cannabidiol-enriched, legal product called Savitex (made in the UK), or to take a cannabidiol-enriched nanoparticles (being developed in Spain), or at least to use marijuana oil made with the "right" strain of marijuana, which would be high cannabidiol, such as Canantonic, OG Kush, Grand Daddy Purple, or Bubba Kush. It's not a good idea to use illegal marijuana for treating brain cancer, because you don't know what's in it. If you use marijuana, get is from a licensed dispensary.
- Green tea polyphenols also inhibit the growth of several kinds of brain cancer, not just glioblastoma (in humans), but also glioma and pituitary adenoma (in lab animals). The problem in using them is you simply cannot get enough of these green tea chemicals to make a difference by drinking green tea, even if you drink matcha tea. You can only get enough of the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that seems to slow down the growth of brain tumors by taking a supplement. Most clinical trials have used a product called Polyphenon.
- Curcumin, the antioxidant found in turmeric, may be a useful part of treatment for brain cancer. Clinical investigators have looked at curcumin as a tool for increasing the susceptibility to treatment with an oral chemotherapy agent, temozolomide, TMZ. This medication is marketed in North American and Europe under the brand names Temodar and Temodal and Temcad. The drug is also used to treat a form of brain cancer called astrocytoma, but curcumin hasn’t been researched as part of a treatment for astrocytoma. Curcumin seems to help brain cells survive oxygen deprivation longer when the tumor itself can't be treated. If you use a product called Longvida, you only need (at most) 400 mg a day, just one capsule.
- Some commentators blithely recommend calorie-restricted, ketogenic diets as a treatment for brain cancer. While there are situations in which a ketogenic diet helps, the danger is that if the ketogenic diet doesn't work, then there are other issues that effect quality of life and survival time due to deprivation of certain nutrients. People who try these diets on their own tend to be overly restrictive. "Ketogenic" doesn't mean no carbohydrate at all. It just means very little carbohydrate. Don't try a ketogenic diet unless you have the help of a nutritionist or nutritionally oriented doctor who has experience using them.
- There are a few people who get remarkable results who include "juicing" as part of their daily treatment, but only as part of their anti-cancer routine. A single glass of fresh-squeezed juice from vegetables and fruits can be a major pick-me-up. It's just not enough to fight cancer. Do juicing, but use every other tool to fight cancer available to you along with it.
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