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

“Live” with cancer

As I wrote in the previous post, it’s been a difficult couple of weeks, full of fear and pain. During this time, I thought the fear of a quick deterioration would kill all hope and break my spirit.

It’s this part of cancer that sucks for me.

Thankfully, the pain is easing somewhat and I’ve finally had a couple of decent night’s sleep.

During last night’s bath, I took some time to reflect on the last 8 months. So many days get lost or roll from one to the next when you are fighting cancer and every now and then, I like to take time out to think about how far I’ve come, what’s worked, what hasn’t and what lays ahead of me.

One thing that struck me was how, from the start of this, I have always been determined to live. Like most people, I have a long list of things I would like to see before I depart this beautiful planet of ours. Watching my children grow, flourish, get married, grandchildren and to be there for them when life’s obstacles get in the way. There are so many places I want to visit and goals I want to achieve. Goals that seemed so unobtainable BC (before cancer) but now, with a high level of gratitude for being alive and a new found confidence in myself, completely doable.

But, I couldn’t help feeling I was stuck in no man’s land.

In my planning for the future, for when I “beat” cancer, I forgot something….

I’m living now

What if I do succumb to this illness? Will all of my time since diagnosis be spent planning for a future I may not see?

Today….right now whilst typing this, I am alive and feeling relatively well.

Tomorrow, I will wake up to a brand new day, 24 hours to “do” things. In the pain, the fear, the anger and the sadness post diagnosis, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate this when we are told we are facing a death sentence in x number of weeks or months as the medics tell us. However determined we are to beat this, often the fear gets in the way of enjoying being alive right now.

Of course, for those who are in a great deal of pain, or who have made peace with their predicted fate, then getting out living may either not be physically possible or not something they desire. And this is fine. Everyone is entitled to deal with and feel how they wish.

So, although Covid restrictions are (still) putting a spanner in the works in terms of places to visit and loved ones to see, I plan to live for today.

However small, I will DO something every single day that makes me happy. For those days where I’m consumed with fear, I will watch something that makes me laugh. On days where I feel invincible, I will head on out and walk in some of the breath-taking countryside Yorkshire provides for us.

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

Love and strength,

Megs x