Repurposed Drugs – Another Option in Cancer Treatment

Very early on after my cancer diagnosis, I read an incredible book by Jane McLelland, called How To Starve Cancer that marked a defining moment in my cancer journey and the way I looked at treatment. (link to website on the “Useful Links” page) Jane used a combination of diet, supplements and repurposed drugs resulting in her beating a terminal cancer diagnosis.

It was because of this book, that I first became aware of repurposed drugs and their benefits for people with cancer. Repurposed drugs are those prescribed to treat a different illness/disease but are known to have benefits for another. Sadly, and in my opinion, wrongly, these drugs are not prescribed for cancer patients despite the well documented anti-cancer effects, as there are no financial gains for the large pharmaceutical companies who have produced them (I’ll leave you to look into the politics of it all)

Care Oncology Clinic based in Harley Street, London, was born to bridge this gap. During my research into cancer treatments and especially after reading of so many cancer patients successes with the protocol, I knew this was something I wanted to implement in my cancer treatment.

How Does The Protocol Work On Cancer Cells?

The four prescribed drugs target the metabolism of cancer, depriving cells of the fuel and nutrients needed to grow and spread further.

The Care Oncology Clinic Protocol consists of 4 drugs:

Metformin – used to treat type II diabetes

Doxycycline – antibiotic

Mebendazole – worming agent

Atorvastatin – lowers cholesterol

I had always intended to go to Care Oncology Clinic, never doubting the potential effects their protocol could have for me, but as I had seen such success with the chemotherapy, supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes I had made, became somewhat lackadaisical with including this into my treatment.

However, as I have mentioned in my last couple of posts, my 3 month break from chemotherapy hasn’t gone quite how I envisaged so far, experiencing pain, fatigue, and a loss of appetite, leaving me feeling overwhelmed with fear.

I had to do more in order to get back some level of control again.

After sending various medical reports and information off to them, I had my initial consultation Thursday, via Zoom, with a wonderful oncologist, who, reassuringly, has a strong background in mainstream oncology. He was so friendly, incredibly informative in regards to the science behind the protocol, and most importantly (for me, anyway) extremely positive.

Once the consultation was over, I left the meeting feeling really encouraged that it was the right decision to access their support.

The whole process is incredibly fast and I am expecting the drugs to be delivered Monday.

I have also found other areas positively affected as a result of their involvement in my care (and this is BEFORE i’ve even got started!) My appetite has increased (thankfully), my sleep has improved and my determination well and truly restored.

As I am not always the best at explaining things, and for more information, I thought it worth adding this link to Care Oncology Clinic:

Love and strength,

Megs x

My “Chemo Holiday”

So, last week, I finally completed my first block of chemotherapy and was all set to begin my “chemo holiday”. This 3 month period is to give my body a rest from treatment and to recover. I had planned to post on the evening of my final chemotherapy cycle, full of excitement and relief, as it was something I had looked forward to since Christmas. The gemcitabine and cisplatin I receive, which is standard treatment for Cholangiocarcinoma, was beginning to take its toll and I longed to have time to heal my body in order to feel strong and healthy again.

I was lucky to tolerate chemotherapy pretty well. My main issue was a reaction to the steroids given before the chemo itself, resulting in puffy eyes and face. Other than that, some fatigue was as bad as it got, which given the amount of toxicity pumped into my body each time, I count myself very lucky.

*Note: If you experience a reaction to the steroids, you can ask them to administer it at a slower rate. Nurses gave me 8ml over 8 minutes (sometimes 10) and that seemed to lessen the effects.

The last couple of chemotherapy sessions were slightly harder going than before but as I was recovering from Covid-19 that’s hardly surprising.

So, when the nurse removed the last cannula I’d thankfully see for a while (my veins have all but given up!) I genuinely thought I would hop, skip and jump out of hospital. THIS was the day I had been waiting for. 

Feeling The Fear

But, over the next few days, I began to feel fearful of what could potentially happen during these 3 months.

What if my main tumour increases in size?

What if it spreads further than my liver and left lung?

Having made so lifestyle changes in order to support my treatment,improve my overall health and of course, beat cancer, the realisation that should there be a progression in my cancer during the next few months, I would probably have to accept that my chances of a longer life really are dependent on chemotherapy. This terrified me (and still does) as the damage chemotherapy causes could lead to organ failure and my immune system becoming so beaten down that i am left weak and at risk of all kinds of infections.

I have put so much time, effort, money and hope into the alternative and natural approach to treatment that the fear it may all be for nothing became overwhelming.

It took several days of reminding myself why I decided to tackle my cancer from all angles and thankfully, the fear began to subside and my faith restored. I realised it won’t all be for nothing as i have, 6 months on from my diagnosis, felt healthier than ever before, especially in comparison to the last 10+ years.

This, as i am learning, is yet another example of the ebbs and flows of this journey. Cancer does this to you. One minute you think you’ve got a grip on it all and next, you’re crippled with fear.

*Edit…..Two weeks on from this post and I’m feeling well and more focused than ever to use my “holiday” as an opportunity to heal. Not only to recover from the effects and damage undoubtedly caused by the chemotherapy and not only in an effort to deplete my body of cancer cells currently invading it, but to heal emotionally, from past traumas and the stress a cancer diagnosis has on you.

I see myself stronger, both physically and mentally. I see myself well.  

I can now, finally, look forward to making plans (once Covid restrictions are lifted)

……now, would somebody please pass me the sun cream?

I would love to hear your experiences during a break from treatment.

Are you or someone you know on a break from treatment?

What impact did your treatment break have on you?