Sunday, July 7, 2024

ProstateNews: "My Choice Over SURGERY- Proton Beam Therapy!"


HealthTech Reporter and Fight Recurrence brings you the conclusion of JIM HUNT's 6-Year personal journey report about his battle against early Prostate Cancer.  After years of ACTIVE SURVEILLANCE, a recent uptick in tumor size (5mm) was time enough to "do something more proactive about my cancer!".  Jim has been a prominent researcher on the topic of cancer care since his wife survived breast cancer 20 years ago. Today, his exploration led him to recognize the benefits of non-invasive cancer treatments including the advancements of radiation therapy such as PROTON BEAM therapy. (See his mini-documentary video: DAY 5/ Final Treatment day)

"...The treatments are quick. It's about 30 seconds on each side and you're done. No pain at all. I know that a lot of times prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer and could be watched. I watched my cancer for about seven years and it did grow a little bit, so I decided to do something now while it was still very small. I did a lot of research on surgeries and different types of radiation processes, and I decided this (Proton Beam) was the best option for me. The reason I decided not to do surgery was because too many people were telling me that they wish they hadn't done it. I was planning on doing surgery but then realized that I would have dreaded it especially after hearing so many people like my own father, my wife's uncle and a good friend of mine.  They all say that they wish they had done something else. So that's what made me start researching the radiation options. 

I made most of my decisions by listening to others, as opposed to going online and reading... talking to people who had experienced certain types of radiation modalities. Eventually, I started meeting people who are actually starting to go through this same process right now, that they actually did a lot of research and they told me Proton Center was the best bet for me."

(To be continued)




THE WILD WEST OF PSA TESTING: HOW EFFECTIVE ARE STRATEGIES TO LOWER PSA READINGS?  By: Dr. Roberta Kline

PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is a protein produced by prostate cells. It can be elevated when these cells increase in number and is a common screening test for prostate cancer. Studies have shown that up to 75% of men with elevated PSA levels do not have prostate cancer on biopsy, however, and up to 50% of prostate cancers are over-diagnosed.  This means that most of the time, an elevated PSA is due to other causes not related to cancer, including normal aging and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Inflammation caused by prostatitis, trauma, or vigorous exercise, as well as sexual activity, can also impact PSA levels. In addition, PSA levels can vary with ethnicity, weight, diabetes, and certain medications.  (see complete report in FIGHT RECURRENCE)


ROBERTA KLINE, MD (Educational Dir. /Women's Diagnostic Group)
Dr. Kline is a board-certified ObGyn physician, Integrative Personalized Medicine expert, consultant, author, and educator whose mission is to change how we approach health and deliver healthcare. She helped to create the Integrative & Functional Medicine program for a family practice residency, has consulted with Sodexo to implement the first personalized nutrition menu for healthcare facilities, and serves as Education Director for several organizations including the Women’s Diagnostic Health Network, Mommies on a Mission. Learn more at https://bobbiklinemd.com 




IMAGE GUIDED APPROACH TO THE TREATMENT OF PROSTATE HYPERPLASIA(4-Case Performance Study) by: Robert L. Bard, MD

Procedurally, the best way to study an enlarged hyperplastic prostate gland is as a low grade inflammatory process, similar to women with fibrocystic breasts considered to be breast inflammation. This does not need to be treated with antibiotics since this inflammation is often aligned with a chronic disease and requires a long-term treatment protocol. One example of this therapy is using a pulse electromagnetic applicator (PEMF) which can be applied over the groin area or under the pelvis (even in the car seat). For treatment applications, this protocol is recognized to be safe, painless, comfortable, and user-friendly on a long-term basis. (see full report)

ROBERT L. BARD, MD  (Diagnostic Imaging Specialist)
Having paved the way for the study of various cancers both clinically and academically, Dr. Robert Bard co-founded the 9/11 CancerScan program to bring additional diagnostic support to all first responders from Ground Zero. His main practice in midtown, NYC (Bard Diagnostic Imaging- www.CancerScan.com) uses the latest in digital Imaging technology has been also used to help guide biopsies and in many cases, even replicate much of the same reports of a clinical invasive biopsy. His most recent program is dedicated to the reporting of mental health diagnostic and innovative solutions including the use of modern neuromagnetic technologies and protocols in his MEDTECH REVIEWS program. 


Monday, June 3, 2024

"COUSIN SAL" GOES WHOLE-BODY MRI

 

8/8/2023- Ret. FDNY Sal Banchitta signs in to experience his Whole Body MRI from Prenuvo, NYC- a state of the art imaging company founded out of Vancouver, Canada. As one of the founding cancer awareness producers of NYCRA (NY Cancer Resource Alliance0 and F.A.C.E.S. (Firefighters Against Cancers & Exposures), Mr. Banchitta gladly accepted the invitation to receive this complete body scan as part of his pursuits of a base line for future scans and a preventative measure against cancer. "My mission alongside my fellow advocates is to learn about the latest modalities in diagnostics and treatment to bring awareness about cancer resources to the rescue community", says Sal. Prenuvo’s cutting-edge whole-body scans are based on 10+ years of clinical work while curating the biggest data set of whole-body MRI scans in the world. Unlike conventional MRIs, which take hours and often involve contrast injections, Prenuvo scans for 500+ conditions, including most solid tumors which can be detected as early as stage 1, in addition to aneurysms, cysts, and more –- all without radiation, in under an hour. [see: CousinSal.org]


3/27/2024- 23 years later, those exposed to 9/11 continue to feel the health repercussions of toxin and toxicants from the historical urban disaster. More than the 343 firefighters who perished during that fated time, we continue to find cases in the rescue and responder service, contracting the many types of illnesses from this horrendous response call. 13x Emmy Award winning reporter Marvin Scott covers the EARLY DETECTION program as he interviews Dr. Robert Bard (Cancer Imaging Radiologist) and Ret. FF and 9/11 responder Sal Banchitta. Dr. Bard presents his state-of-the-art imaging innovations to provide firefighters with some of the most advanced scanning solutions. "There are many tools out there that patients should know about. I'm pretty fortunate to have access to Dr. Bard and his program for advanced screening and I tell all my fellow firefighters about 'Getting Checked NOW!" (See video)



BARRIE KOLSTEIN:
SURVIVING PROSTATE CANCER & CYBERKNIFE

HealthTech Reporter is proud to present our next CAT'S PAJAMAS AWARD WINNER (yes, it's a real award) to Mr. Barrie Kolstein.  The Kolstein family is a highly recognized name in contemporary classical music for their craftsmanship in Violins, Cellos and Bases. Complimentary to his work for Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd. and Kolstein Music, Inc. Barrie also became a notable editor and contributor within the world of classical music, publishing numerous technical articles on restoration and appraisals in the International Society of Bassists with a feature article published in The Strad, February 1991. Barrie was also published regularly in the Double Bassist magazine and the Strad magazine, both of London, England, from 1996. These articles have ranged form interviews with makers and performers, technical articles on repair/making, and expert appraisal articles on historic master makers. Barrie also serves as editor of the “Luthier Corner” in the International Society of Bassists magazine restoration and repair forum.




REPRISE: (see full interview at: Survivor Stories / Awareness for a Cure)- originally published - March 14, 2018)


WINNING MY BATTLE WITH PROSTATE CANCER STARTS WITH A SECOND OPINION

PROACTIVE CANCER RESEARCH & THE DIGITAL BIOPSY by: James Hunt 

I want to tell my story so that I can help others diagnosed with prostate cancer. This all started with a routine physical with blood work. My primary care physician called to say everything looks good except a slightly elevated PSA and suggested I make an appointment to see a urologist. After spending months on antibiotics to treat a possible infection of the prostate due to bike riding, my urologist suggested a biopsy. The biopsy was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced in my life. The biopsy results showed a Gleason 6 cancer in one of the 12 tissue samples taken from me.

The urologist suggested active surveillance where we would monitor the cancer with blood tests, MRI’s and biopsies. He mentioned that I would eventually need surgery- probably within a year or two. I reached out to one of my chiropractor friends for some advice (Dr. Mark Jones of Wading River) who is quite knowledgeable in Holistic medicine and he suggested; Pomi-T a dietary supplement that was used in a study (in prison) that was proven to slow the growth of prostate cancer. He also told me about Chaga Tea - brewed from the Chaga mushroom that grows on birch trees in Canada. I connected with Debbie Falborn from Chaga Island who told me "we will beat this". They helped me put together a plan that consisted of drinking 24oz of chaga tea a day along with daily supplements of Glutathione, Vitamin B complex and Magnesium powder (Calm). See 2021 Video Interview.

Friday, October 29, 2021

R U Dense? - By Julia Chiappetta

Ha-ha. Now, hold on readers, it’s been a while since I last wrote, but please stay with me.   When I heard the words ‘You have Dense Breasts’ I had no clue what that meant.  

 From age 35, commencing with my first mammogram to age 45, when I was diagnosed with Stage II Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC), those utterances, you have dense breasts, were always part of my annual mammography reading and yet I never asked anyone to help me understand.  Why was I so dense?  Shame on me for seeking more information and shame on the hospital and doctors for never sitting me down to expound on the risks, or suggest an ultrasound-the next course of action.  First Do No Harm, right?    

 Let’s start from the beginning.  December 1999, had my end of year annual mammogram at the hospital. Result, “you have dense breasts, but everything looks fine, see you in one year.” Three months later, I felt it and I knew it was different.  I had a pit in my stomach, it was during my monthly self-exam. It felt like a small mosquito bite on the outer edge of my right breast, but it was March in Connecticut and no mosquitos were biting. I knew it was different, thanks to my doctor Carine Klein, who had taught me how to self-examine years back.  Her generous instruction became one of the most important lessons of my life that day.  You see, when you systematically perform a self-exam month after month you get to know the usual lumps and bumps that are the norm for your breasts, but this time, I was acutely aware this was NOT the norm. All of my instincts were screaming out - there is something foreign in your breast!

The next day I called and was sent me over to the hospital for another mammogram. Result, it is nothing, the scan looked normal and not to worry, But…I was worried and crying and asking for a biopsy. I just knew it was not good and it was humiliating being brushed off and having to beg for a biopsy. They finally relented. Two days later I was waking from the biopsy and returned home.  The next day, I had THE CALL.

‘First of all, I want to apologize, I learned an important lesson, that I need to listen more closely to my patients; I am sorry to say that you have Stage II Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma and you need to act fast,” said my surgeon.

 What?  Woah!  I caught my breath and realized it was the big C!

I often imagine my life had I been offered an ultrasound earlier, but on God has that information, and what ifs are counterproductive.   

Twenty-one years later, I am still here. Cancer changed my life, as it does everyone who has been on this journey.

 I surrendered my healing platform over to Jesus years ago and began delving into research that resulted in changing my entire life, diet, lifestyle and seeking doctors and practitioners who would become my tribe, my people to help me become whole again and thrive. I had become the CEO over my own body, making informed choices along with the guidance of my trusted tribe of experts. One of those experts was Dr. Robert Bard on Park Avenue in NYC. I could write pages about him, but let’s just say, he is a brilliant, trail blazer, well known around the globe and a pioneer of cutting-edge technology that our hospital and no one within miles and miles even knows about.

Dr. Bard introduced me to Joe Cappello, co-founder of AreYouDense.org, along with his wife Nancy, who like me had dense breasts and ended up leaving us too early. I never met Nancy, but I sure wish I had. Together they started this educational movement so that the world would come to know the risks of dense breasts. They took their research and resolve to Washington DC, to present ultrasound as the standard for all  dense breast screening.      

Last month, I was the first person in the New York area to be scanned at Dr. Bard’s office with new technology designed by GE specific to dense breasts? I can tell you that as I lay comfortably on an exam table, the technology hovered over my breasts for the screening vs. what I liken to having my breasts squeezed under a garage door wrenching in pain.  

 

Some stats:

- 40% of women have dense breast

- Most men have dense breasts

- Many men are diagnosed with breast cancer

- First responders, like Firefighters have a high incidence of breast cancer due to the toxins they are exposed to

- Toxins including pesticides are at the top of the list of the environmental risks for all cancers and auto-immune diseases

- 85% of all breast cancers are environmental which includes diet, lifestyle, fitness and stress  

- Traditional mammography is 50% accurate at best

 

So…Are you Dense? Please find out and "Get Checked Now!"

For more information: visit: www.BreastCancerNYC.com or make an appointment with Dr. Robert L. Bard for a primary, supplemental or second opinion at: www.CancerScan.com  . Also, check out the latest videos and research work on Dense Breasts as part of the "Are You Dense" Foundation's national push to bring new education & advocacy


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Also check out NYCRA-NEWS feature on: "UNDERDIAGNOSED WOMEN".  In the name of patient advocacy and vigilance, we highlight landmark stories of victims like Gilda Radner and Nancy Cappello as some of the names in history that aided the the exposure of this medical crisis. 
Historically, there is substantial evidence of gross disregard and dismissive response on the part of the medical establishment in the way women have been diagnosed. Critics have speculated a vast array of reasons for this ‐ from professional carelessness and laziness to blatant sexism (and other forms of discrimination) to a lack of updated education in current research. But whatever the reasons may be, the lack of performance and attention in the hands of the medical diagnostician have resulted in tremendous danger to the patient. The most extreme cases of this underdiagnosing led to major health disorders and even death due to false negatives and missed conclusions from physicians and radiologists.


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Saturday, June 5, 2021

CANCER, COVID and IVERMECTIN - by: Kirby Lewis

I was diagnosed with COVID on January 3, 2021 on top of currently having stage four metastatic breast cancer. Having a highly compromised immune system, type 2 diabetes, cancer cells running rampant all over the body and a highly infectious and lethal disorder like the coronavirus to boot- is probably the worst of all worlds.  Altogether, it just knocked me out!

I was admitted several times in a matter of days - first due to a high temperature three days before the January surge and the second because of a highly erratic drop of my glucose levels. Normally it goes the other direction but this strange drop was an alarming 85, then soon after became 75, then 65.  The usual intake of orange juice, peanut butter, chocolate and glucose tablets to raise my glucose levels was not working this time. Within hours, my readings continued to plummet to a daunting 35 which meant a trip back to the hospital. It was then that several tests confirmed that I was positive for Covid-19.

Damn! It really just knocked me off my socks. I could not believe this because I had no symptoms- like the tightness of the chest, the difficulty breathing, the diarrhea or the aches and pains that I read about. I had none of that.  It was then that I realized that Covid is even more INSIDIOUS for someone like me-  one who has a compromised immune system from diabetes and cancer, making the infection process that much more lethal.

It took a bit of time before they got my glucose to an acceptable level, but I was nowhere out of the danger zone.  They were discussing my options and being INTUBATED was one of them- and one that I was adamant against. 

Behind the scenes, my wife Mary Ann was getting a battery of calls from Lennard (Gettz) from NYCRA and Cheri (Ambrose) from the MBCC who brought in Covid-19 expert Dr. Pierre Kory from FLCCC who fast tracked me a prescription for a drug called Ivermectin, something I never heard of before. Mary Ann snuck it under the wire to my bedside for both of us to take. Out of the eight days in the hospital, three days were spent in ICU. I really anticipated when they moved me over to ICU, that things were going to get worse because of the fact that I had stage four cancer.  I heard so many horror stories about people that have these malingering diseases that they don't  do well with Covid. 

As I continued to secretly receive Ivermectin doses (at the guidance of my trusted medical friends) alongside the hospital's antibiotics treatment, I recall hearing stories about families smuggling Ivermectin in Twinkies and other pastries in Covid care units.  This gave me both a chuckle and a calming reassurance that Dr. Kory's 'hook up' script would add to my hope for overcoming "the perfect storm" that I am facing.  As it turns out, eight days into my medical care and the infectious disease doctor came with a surprising announcement that "I had NO SIGNS OF COVID AT ALL!"  To my relief, if I had a Saint or God watching over me... or perhaps I actually had nine lives, I'm one of the people that actually got to walk away from this.

AFTERMATH
Looking back, I thought if I'd gotten on this Ivermectin earlier, maybe I wouldn't have had anything like this at all. Maybe I would've never even contracted Covid. I declined Dr. Lee's suggestion to keep taking the antibiotics.  Not only did I feel no sense in continuing antibiotics, but be both accepted me getting discharged.

My wife got along really well with the Ivermectin. Because she had been around me, she also tested positive for COVID but she never got admitted to the hospital or anything. Her symptoms did not warrant that even though she was diagnosed the day after I was.  We are very blessed probably more deserving than we should be. But we persevered and we're here to tell you this story is as brief as it is during the pandemic.

MANAGING COVID IN CANCER PATIENTS
"Given the unclear efficacy in cancer patients who are under treatment that are often immunosuppressive medication, the vaccine's efficacy is clearly unknown and probably insufficient in a proportion of patients with cancer patients. Therefore for protection against COVID, Ivermectin is a really safe and easily available alternative. So that would be one plus for the cancer patient. Another factor is obviously the significant comorbidity. If they were to get COVID, you want it to be effective early treatment- that goes for all disorders. Since time is of the essence, especially a cancer patient, you want to have an aggressive early treatment. You'd want to have an all a safe, alternative that's effective to protect you." - Pierre Kory, MD (see complete audio/video interview)

* For additional information on IVERMECTIN, visit: the following sources:
 NIH: National Institutes of Health 
 The Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance

 

THE KIRBY LEWIS CRUSADE
“Cancer does not discriminate... and men can get breast cancer by the hundreds each day!" More and more doctors and survivors agree that being "cancer free" does not necessarily mean we are truly ever out of the woods. Some even rename this as "Free FOR NOW". 










Why Kirby's Experience is a Real MIRACLE Story!
by: Debbie Falborn, RN (aka The Chaga Lady) 

For people with metastatic cancer, they're most commonly immunosuppressed from serious chemo treatments.  This means anything that they're exposed to can potentially make them very sick if their white cell counts are low from the chemo. They don't have those fighters gathering up all the viruses and bacteria and getting rid of them like a healthy person would.  Now if this person gets COVID, it can be deadly because their bodies are unable to build a response to it-- to fight it off with a good outcome.  Now top this with the complication of the hard rise and fall of his blood sugar that cancer directly feeds off of. This is what makes Kirby's story being stage four and diabetic such a miracle; his highly challenging condition was treated with this drug and turned his condition around to a full recovery! 
Like this one beautiful man that needed this treatment to save his life, this information is priceless for so many others who are suffering this way.  The fact that he continues to do better and his wife got better says this Ivermectin should really be studied and it should be studied hard.

I understand Ivermectin is more recognized abroad, and case studies are done (blind and double blind) with Hydroxychloroquine + a placebo + Ivermectin in the US showing that it does prevent the spread of COVID-- however, it has not been approved by the FDA. It is used as a anti-parasitic, because it prevents and actually encourages the body to get rid of parasites. It shows promise in the studies that are being done. 



CLEARING THE PANDEMIC INFO CLUTTER
NYCRA Editorial Staff

Our divided world can agree to the vast (and possibly conflicting) information out there offering to explain the Covid arena's medical backdrop.  From death toll and infection rates to recommended protocols for prevention, prophylaxis and treatment, getting it right is a responsibility framed by referencing QUANTIFIABLE data.  

In a 2021 seminar on cancer imaging at the Integrative Cancer Powermeet conference, Dr. Robert Bard presented the advantages of modern medical imaging to support optimum data collecting as part of what he considered "undisputable" intelligence when it comes to scanning a patient's physiology.  Medical imaging offers the age-old values that greatly support the medical diagnostic and detective work process: "pictures can tell a thousand words, what you see it what you get and images don't lie".  He identified the fundamental tracking of statistics like blood flow, spectral based parameters, muscular attenuation and the many other levels of data-mining that a scan can extract diagnostic and analytical information about the patient. [See Statistical Methods report by Dr. Martino Alessandrini and Prof. Guido Masetti].  Technologies like the 3D Ultrasound, the fNIRS, fMRI and other non-invasive tools help 'the detective' get many new readings that aid in the delivery of conclusive evidence.

The medical and patient communities both can challenge any data to be skewed or be flat-out wrong. But it is time as the audience of the pandemic information jungle to embrace the paramount responsibility of the clinical agencies who present these report to confirm not just the source or the peer-based reviews, but also recommend how the outputs of their fields of study should be referenced (and applied).  Hence, as we are still in the thick of the pandemic moment constantly writing history as we are living it, we must assess any current reports with an open mind much the same way a detective in a crime scene would.  This open mind must be driven by discernment and a grasp on reality that there are (yet) other possibilities that may be available that can challenge, reverse or support any conclusion driven by a prior evaluation- such that the open mind might want to take yesterday's data to be based on "what we can prove vs. what we know SO FAR". 






VIEWPOINTS

ELIZABETH BANCHITTA - EMT / Medical Student - NY
"Statements about IVERMECTIN like Kirby's story and Dr. Kory's articles comes from that life-or-death end of  the ICU where most of the patients are extremely critical and there's not that many interventions that would make much of a difference.  Both patients and ICU experts have a short window with disorders like Covid- such that they recognize what works right.  Let it be for prevention or treatment, finding a drug that can save lives without risk or injury is what we all strive for in this pandemic- and Kirby's story is so vital to getting everyone to listen to exploring this solution and others that are out there.  I personally don't know how the vaccine is going to pan out down the line, but we need to look at ALL options!"

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

VIDEO: "PATH TO RECOVERY STARTS WITH A SECOND OPINION" by: James Hunt

 

STEPPING UP MY OWN RESEARCH
by: James Hunt (originally published March, 18, 2018)

I want to tell my story so that I can help others diagnosed with prostate cancer. This all started with a routine physical with blood work. My primary care physician called to say everything looks good except a slightly elevated PSA and suggested I make an appointment to see a urologist. After spending months on antibiotics to treat a possible infection of the prostate due to bike riding, my urologist suggested a biopsy. The biopsy was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced in my life. The biopsy results showed a Gleason 6 cancer in one of the 12 tissue samples taken from me.

The urologist suggested active surveillance where we would monitor the cancer with blood tests, MRI’s and biopsies. He mentioned that I would eventually need surgery- probably within a year or two. I reached out to one of my chiropractor friends for some advice (Dr. Mark Jones of Wading River) who is quite knowledgeable in Holistic medicine and he suggested; Pomi-T a dietary supplement that was used in a study (in prison) that was proven to slow the growth of prostate cancer. He also told me about Chaga Tea - brewed from the Chaga mushroom that grows on birch trees in Canada. I connected with Debbie Falborn from Chaga Island who told me "we will beat this". They helped me put together a plan that consisted of drinking 24oz of chaga tea a day along with daily supplements of Glutathione, Vitamin B complex and Magnesium powder (Calm).

I also spoke to another friend, Dr. Keith Gutzmann whose practice,
"...to everyone battling cancer --
stay smart, realistic... do
your own research and follow your
gut for what makes the most sense."
The Howard Beach Comprehensive Health Care Center
is tailored towards Holistic Health and Wellness.  Dr. Gutzmann suggested a number of nutritional supplements. Curcumin, Boswellia (Indian Frankincense), Ginger, Fish Oil, and Vitamin D3 for their anti-inflammatory effects.  Indole-3-carbinol, Vitex, and Saw Palmetto for their hormone modulating effects. There were a number of other supplements he suggested that I found to be echoed later by other sources as I continued my research. Dr. Gutzmann then strongly suggested a Ketogenic dietary strategy (low carbohydrates and sugar) with concomitant periods of Intermittent fasting. Lastly, he suggested I look into getting a DVD of a film by Peter Starr called "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, Drugs or Radiation". I found this on Dr. Mercola’s website. One Friday night at 8pm my urologist called me to tell me that a second part of my biopsy reveled a more aggressive cancer and that I really need to consider surgery sooner rather than later. I had just started to feel right mentally and now this. My surviving prostate cancer DVD came and I watched it. The first thing Peter Starr said is that "you have time... you are not going to die tomorrow". He also explained how these doctors will attempt to scare you into doing some sort of treatment right away.

I learned from the video a few other key supplements that are proven to slow the growth of cancer Vitamin k2, Vitamin D3, pumpkin seed oil, Vitamin C, Flax Seed Oil, Coenzyme Q10, Neprinal AFD and Lycopene. I also learned about gut health and the need to take Probiotics (Syntol AMD). The film taught me a lot how sugar feeds cancer. I also learned of an ultrasound machine called a 3D color Doppler which Peter Starr explained is a noninvasive way of checking cancer growth without having to go through biopsy and long MRI’s.

I went online to try to find this machine and all I could come up with was the prostate cancer research institute in California. I felt that wasn’t an option for me at the time and took another suggestion of Peter Starr’s and to get a second opinion. I made an appointment with another urologist that came highly recommended. He read my reports and test results and was surprised that the first urologist was pushing for surgery. He said we will do active surveillance with blood work, MRI’s and biopsy’s. Here I was again hearing the word "biopsy". I had done plenty of research on the internet and all I kept reading is that there is a chance of spreading the cancer with biopsy’s. The second urologist said I’ll see you in six months your prostate needs to heal from the biopsy before we can do the MRI.

In the six months I completely changed my diet starting with giving up all processed foods. I started a meal plan that consisted of wild caught fish, chicken and bison that were antibiotic and hormone free, organic vegetables and foods containing healthy fats avocado, cashews and macadamia nuts. I cut all sugars from my diet including those from fruits. My fruit intake was limited to berries occasionally. Getting close to my MRI appointment and thinking this was going to be my only option.

After much research and a referral from my wife's fundraising circle, I came across Dr. Robert Bard a seasoned radiologist in midtown Manhattan that has written books on prostate cancer and has a 3D color Doppler! I made an appointment and went in for the ultrasound. My experience with Dr Bard was excellent the procedure took all of maybe ten minutes. After the procedure I sat with Dr. bard to go over the results, he found a small spot which he said did not look like active cancer cells maybe a scar left from the biopsy. Dr. Bard said we would do active surveillance and watch it that I had nothing to worry about. Dr. Bard has done extensive research on prostate cancer and has come up with his own supplements that he formulated for prostate cancer. A lot of the ingredients in his pills are what I’ve been taking. I’m starting his supplements right away and finishing up what I have. As of right now I have no active cancer and happy I got a second opinion.

My message to everyone battling cancer is to stay smart and realistic. Do your own research and listen to the right people and follow your gut for what makes the most sense.  The resources are all around us and thanks to the world wide web, we have some of the best information available to win this.  Perhaps it was the research that made me push for a second (and even a third) opinion and I'm glad I did- because if I would have caved to the panic-stricken voice of my first doctor, things may have turned out very differently- or worse.



HIFU: THE NEXT WAVE OF NON-INVASIVE CANCER TREATMENT 
By: Dr. Robert L. Bard 

Prostate cancer, certainly the most common cancer among men, might be considered a two-headed hydra. On the one hand, some of these tumors, especially among African-Americans are aggressive, resulting in premature death. On the other hand, many of these tumors are slow growing and for a significant subset of patients, watchful waiting is recommended. But it is difficult to watch and wait when you believe that a cancer is growing within.

The quest for minimally invasive treatments of prostate tumors has been ongoing since the 1990’s. There have been advocates of focal freezing as well as heating of prostate tissue that results in the destruction of prostate cancers. Focal cancers may be targeted by high intensity focused ultrasound beams (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU) and have been in clinical practice for 25 years. Developed simultaneously in the US (Sonoablate 500) and France (Ablatherm) the technique is favored by men wishing to avoid possible complications or side effects of surgery or radiation therapy. 

Treatment is usually performed under anesthesia. Energy is delivered to malignant tissue using in this instance, high frequency ultrasound waves that heats the tissue above 40 degrees Centigrade destroying the tissue.  Tissue temperature is closely monitored by sophisticated electronics to minimize adjacent tissue damage which can result in narrowing of the urethrae and obstruction of the flow of urine. Additionally, nerves involved in sexual performance may be inadvertently heated resulting in some degree of sexual dysfunction. 

A recent study reported in the Journal of Urology looked at 52 patients treated with this technique. The results are mixed. Patients included all had localized biopsy proven prostate cancers. The study defined treatment failure as recurrence on follow up biopsy at 20 months showing recurrent or higher grade tumor, metastatic spread systemic therapy or cancer specific mortality. 

There were 13 minor complications of which urinary retention was the most common.  There were no deaths and no cases of rectal injury. Of the 60% of individuals undergoing repeat biopsy, 83% had no residual tumor This study was limited in two significant ways. First, nearly a quarter of the patients underwent simultaneous “debulking” of prostate tissue by conventional surgical means in order to treat pre-existing difficulties with urination. Second, if biopsy is to be considered the outcome of importance, then 40% of the patients did not complete the study.  It did not recognize that microscopic analysis of biopsies is limited by the posttreatment effect on the gland and the gold standard for pathology has been whole gland analysis after radical prostatectomy.

VIEWPOINTS

JOHN SAVARINO, DO - Medical Dir. (Apex Cen. for Regenerative Medicine)
"I find the advancements of ultrasound technologies remarkable. The innovation allows procedure-based doctors (like me) to do more with procedures, because now we can see deeper and smaller things.  The philosophy of INTEGRATING modalities is definitely the way that medicine is going... and obviously using the least amount of invasiveness possible so that people recover faster and they have less likelihood of getting things like infection and other types of complications."

ARA KARAMANIAN, MD - Medical Director (Prostate Laser Center)
"When a patient has an elevated PSA or positive digital rectal exam, most urologists will perform an untargeted biopsy.  This generally involves 6-12 core samples from around the prostate without screening for or targeting any specific lesion.  Some call this approach "Poke and hope" given that it only has a 60-70% sensitivity for clinically significant prostate cancer.  If instead, we start with an imaging study such as a high quality multiparametric MRI, followed by a targeted biopsy, we can increase the sensitivity for clinically significant prostate cancer to about 90-95%.  In addition, minimally invasive treatment, such as MRI guided laser ablation allows a more targeted treatment approach with a lower risk of side effects."

DAVID DACHINGER - Innovator (Loving Meditations: Bring Calm to Cancer)
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As a stage 4 head and neck cancer survivor, I can appreciate the challenges Jim Hunt highlights.  Upon hearing a cancer diagnosis, many patients (including me) experience a simultaneous rush of powerful emotions and mind-blowing numbness. There can be an overwhelming volume of medical information to absorb. It’s vitally important to slow down, take time to process the information, do research, and get second opinions. Having undergone painful invasive biopsies, I understand Jim's concern about infection and the potential for spreading cancer. I wish I had known there were non-invasive options like 4D Doppler imaging. I have undergone several PET, CT and MRI scans, involving IV contrasts, radioactive dyes and claustrophobic machines, all of which bring stress and “scanxiety” before, during and after the procedure.  Having the option of a non-invasive scan could save time, reduce worry and alleviate the stress while waiting for scan results (which typically take days to be interpreted by a radiologist)."

JESSICA GLYNN, LCSW, CPC, CEC - Psychotherapist (JAG Wellness, LLC)
"This literally just happened to my dad; the doc was 95% sure it was cancer, proceeded with surgery after catheters causing infections -- and NO cancer! Lots of crying and worries from all of us for NOTHING!  My thoughts on SCANXIETY... any time a threat to our physical health and wellbeing arises, our amygdala gets activated, driving an overwhelming flood of fear. Anxiety leads to negative and destructive reactions without any clear or immediate answers and often leads to a fear-heightened loop. Jim’s experience with cancer imaging provides immediate answers, easing these anxieties more quickly instead of going direct to a painful and risky biopsy- which also gives segmented "hurry up and wait" information.  A palliative care model could help us gain the knowledge and answers we need in as timely and cohesive way."

JOHN GRAZIANO - TriAthlete / Physical Trainer (Wildwood Warriors Tri Team)
"This video is actually very educational and eye opening.  We are trained to listen to conventional medicine. Sure, we also know we should always get a 2nd opinion. However, one would likely go straight to another conventional doctor.  Dr. Bard’s 3-D Ultrasound is such a benefit over the conventional methods.  Not only does it offer faster results, reducing the stressful waits, but it provides a much more reliable diagnosis.  I’ve often felt like too many doctors are “textbook diagnosers!”  I appreciate Jim for taking the time to share other alternatives. I believe these kinds of videos from real people who experience a successful alternative diagnosis provides hope for thinking out of the box and give us a fighting chance. " 


JENNIFER HUNT - Patient Advocate/ Fundraiser (Fight Cancer Like A Girl)
"I am Jim’s wife and I’m also a breast cancer survivor and what I hope people take away from the video is that you have to be your own advocate and research all options. I feel getting a second opinion is mandatory with a cancer diagnosis, different doctors have different opinions. This applied in my case as well I’m glad I got a second opinion. Do your research if they recommend invasive tests, we are grateful to have found Dr. Bard and his 3D imaging because especially with prostate cancer the other biopsies they recommended are very invasive, painful and can be harmful. The 3D imaging has made follow up check ups a breeze literally in minutes you get instant results. Also researching wholistic options has proved beneficial for Jim he found Chaga mushroom tea that he drinks daily along with taking supplements and his cancer is gone and has not returned." 

* Opinions expressed in this VIEWPOINTS section are supportive comments about the contents of this article and are solely those from the contributors credited.


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References & Available Links:
Dr. Mark Jones, Wading River, NY (chiropractor)
Dr. Keith Gutzmann, The Howard Beach Comprehensive Health Care Center- (www.holisticnyc.org)
Pomi-T (www.pomi-t.com)
Debbie Falborn / Chaga Island (www.chagaisland.com)
Peter Starr: "(www.survivingprostatecancer.org)
Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.mercola.com)
Dr. Robert L. Bard (www.bardcancerdiagnostics.com)

Special Thanks:
Jennifer Hunt & "Fight Cancer Like a Girl" Team
LI2Day Walk (www.li2daywalk.org)

Awareness for a Cure:
Co-Editor: Laurel Muckey / Integrative Medicine of NY
Production / Editor - IntermediaWorx inc.
Technical Advisor: Annie Brandt / Best Answer for Cancer (bestanswerforcancer.org)

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