"Starr13"]Ken, that does help. I quit smoking a month or so prior to diagnosis; my CEA is .8, however, I understand CEA has no relevance with sclc.
I do work out every day, but, I am lost and confused on the complimentary therapy issue. I found someone I wanted to work with - a man with credentials, an ND, and on staff at a respected institution, and, he wanted to arrange a consult with my onc, a step I agree with because I only want to work with my onc, not against him, but, imagine my amazement when he refused to participate and consult with the ND. "We don't do that" I was told. I am very disappointed, and so not sure what to do now...I don't want to just go off on a tangent and do things without my onc weighing in and making the final call, because I think it's very important to make sure he has control of my treatment plan.
But at the same time I truly believe that traditional medicine brings only about 30% to maybe 50% of the solution. I think radiation and chemotherapy perhaps resolve the SYMPTOMS of lung cancer, but, they do nothing to address the underlying cause, which is why - particularly with sclc - the relapse and mortality rate is so high.
I am convinced that lifestyle, mindset, attitude, diet, exercise, and serious, aggressive immune system reconstruction and support are critical to winning this. I am also convinced that my oncologist should be guiding the decisioning process. I do NOT think any of these factors should in any way, shape or form replace traditional medicine, or even be weighted more heavily, but rather than they should play a supporting role and be a natural extension of the work the traditional onc is already doing.
So, I don't know what to do - wing it, get a new onc, or what...so I am curious what everyone else has done, or even perhaps considered, and then decided against...
This is very frustrating and disappointing.
Believe me, I understand your dilema. And I totally agree with all things you listed as being critical to winning our battle.
Actually there are probably very few Oncologists who would work with what I call a Naturopathic professional. And granted, some of these types get off on a wild tangent & even stress that you should replace traditional treatments with theirs. That is dangerous & definately not something I would do. I do not want to go against my Onc, but at the same time if I know from my own experiences that I am helping my immune system, then I will do what I can to continue that. I have the blood work & then of course my own feelings of well-being which do indicate to me that, in my case, something is helping. And since many of us have heard that Chemo is basically poison (My Onc said this, I didn't), my goal is to heal and hopefully at the same time try & ward off those negative things brought on by my treatments. I definately believe in the chemo & radiation (because there's nothing else out there yet), but I also believe in all the things I do alongside my chemo. I realize I take full responsibility for my body and anything I do in the interim, just like I take full responsibility for my smoking all those years.