The question is: “Is pancreatic cancer always fatal?” The simple answer is “No” – there are people who have survived long enough after pancreatic cancer to die of other natural causes. But they are a rare breed because of several factors.
Pancreatic cancer is very hard to detect early. The symptoms of early-stage pancreatic cancer are very generic: fatigue, nausea, vomiting, lack of energy, and sometimes fever. Doctors hear those symptoms a dozen times a day, and it’s almost never pancreatic cancer. By the time it’s been established as the cause of symptoms, it’s often too late for modern medicine to deal with it.
That said, there are a few symptoms to keep a close eye on. Dark urine, pale stool, and yellowing of the skin — combined with the above flu-like symptoms — are signs that your doctor needs to hear about immediately.
Only if your cancer is caught early enough — before it spreads to any other nearby organ — can a massive surgery, called a Whipple operation, have any chance of removing it from your body. In a Whipple surgery, the doctor removes the entire pancreas, adjoining sections of the intestine, and all local lymph nodes. It’s a hideously invasive and extensive operation that nonetheless is the only known way that modern medicine has found to provide a life expectancy beyond a few years.
Sounds like a technicality. If I have it already, is pancreatic cancer always fatal?
Only if you try to fight it with modern medicine. There are a few dietary pancreatic treatments that have had much more success. Most are quite hard to adapt to, but very worth it.
Diet is the single most important overriding factor in determining the survival rate of a patient with pancreatic cancer. Not only does your diet power your every organ, but the pancreas is the organ that produces the enzymes necessary for food digestion — so changing your diet has a more profound effect on your pancreas than it does on almost any other organ in your body.
The anti-cancer diet that I have personal experience with is called the Kelly Cancer Diet, and it is easy to research. My mother-in-law had a profound experience with melanoma and the Kelly diet, and swears by it today. That said, there are a few programs in use right now that utilize the Kelly diet as one element of an overall program for overcoming pancreatic cancer. Perhaps the most widely accepted (and successful) is the Gonzalez Program, which has just completed a set of clinical trials with the FDA.
The Gonzalez Program adds two more elements to the Kelly Cancer Diet that make it specifically applicable to pancreatic cancer. The first element is the addition of massive supplementation with pancreatic and other enzymes, to take the load off of the pancreas and to attack the cancer directly (cancer cells protect themselves with a protein ‘shell’ that several different enzymes can attack and break down, making the cancer vulnerable to the immune system). The second element is a daily detoxification regimen including, among other things, daily enemas of coffee. Coffee enemas bring huge amounts of caffeine directly into the bloodstream, which stimulates the immune system and provokes the body to eliminate toxic buildup of dead or dying cancer cells which can otherwise have a dire impact on health.
The Gonzalez Program is quite likely to be the most effective single treatment regimen for pancreatic cancer. In one study, patients who actually followed the difficult diet, swallowed the literally hundreds of pills-per-day required to get all of the enzyme and other supplementation, and performed two hour-plus coffee enemas every day increased their average survival rate to an unprecedented nine years — and some of those patients had Stage IV pancreatic cancer when they began the program.
So the answer to the question ‘is pancreatic cancer always fatal’ is ‘absolutely not — so long as you’re willing to take extreme measures to ensure your survival.’
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