CANCER OF THE BREAST
Two out of every three patients with cancer of the breast who do not use Laetrile but choose instead to submit to orthodox therapies will be dead within five years(1). if a cancerous lump is present for one month only, fifty percent of patients will have metastasis(2). The following Laetrile case histories should be read with this in mind.
M11OMX: Cancer of the Breast
In July, 1974, this fifty-year-old woman sought medical attention because of a lump in her left breast. Subsequent mammogram and needle biopsy were both negative. The mammogram report concluded, however:
This woman decided that she preferred to try metabolic therapy including Laetrile. Treatment was begun in August, 1974. She began the standard twenty-day course of therapy, receiving 6 to 9 grams of Laetrile I.V. per day. This was supplemented by a regimen of pancreatic enzymes and a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals. She began the recommended animal-protein-free diet and has remained on it since that time. She has rejected all forms of orthodox therapy.
To the surprise of her original physician, this patientís cancer has not reappeared, even though it is certain that malignant tissue remained after her excisional biopsy. She continues to lead an entirely normal life with no evidence of cancer.
F161W: Cancer of the Left Breast with Metastases to the Lymph Nodes
This woman was fifty-three years old at the time she was admitted to the hospital for evaluation of changes in her left breast. The date was February 6, 1975.
On her hospital admission history, she stated she had noted about December 12, 1974, that the nipple of her left breast was pulled back from its normal position. On examination, the doctor admitting her to the hospital felt the lymph nodes and stated that there was an "indefinite mass."
The patient had surgery the following day. The area beneath the left breast was biopsied, and the pathologist reported "infiltrating ductal cell carcinoma." The doctor then proceeded to do a radical amputation of the left breast. The pathology report dated February 10,1975, stated in part:
Numerous enlarged, obviously involved lymph nodes are present.
There are ten slides and multiple sections.... Examination reveals the presence of metastases in 8 of 13 examined lymph nodes. Metastases are noted in the two highest nodes.
Left breast, infiltrating duct cell carcinoma in large part scirrhous type with metastases to 8 of 13 examined lymph nodes.
The patient states she saw her doctor again on March 24, 1975. Apparently he felt her prognosis was so grave that he didnít even bother recommending radiation or chemotherapy. He indicated there was little hope for recovery and said simply, "Youíll just have to face it." In a letter to the Richardson Clinic, the patient described her reaction to the interview with her local doctor:
Currently the patient is taking two 500 mg. tablets of Laetrile per day and one 3 grm. I.V. injection of Laetrile per month. She is maintaining her vegetarian diet with the exception of occasional servings of fish or chicken.
It has been more than two years since this patient was abandoned by orthodox medicine. Under metabolic therapy she continues in excellent health. She does all of her housework, helps in the yard, looks after her family and cares for her elderly mother, who lives nearby.
K132MH: Cancer of the Breast with Seeding
This woman went to a clinic in Great Falls, Montana, for a physical examination in May, 1974. Examination revealed what appeared to be cancer. Mrs. K. had a left modified radical mastectomy for "infiltrating ductal carcinoma" (cancer). Two of the eleven lymph nodes were involved with metastatic tumor.
Following the mastectomy, the patient received 4500 rads of cobalt therapy to the left paraclavicular region and the internal mammary areas (collar bone and breast bone areas) in fifteen divided doses over a period of three weeks. She was seen by her doctor at regular intervals during 1975.
She noted some bumps developing in the area of her previous surgery and radiation and returned to her doctor in January, 1976. In a letter to the Richardson Clinic dated April 7, 1976 the doctor stated in part:
The patient stated in a letter to the Richardson Clinic, March 26, 1976:
The patient came to the Richardson Clinic and began metabolic therapy February 3, 1976. Only a little aver one year has passed since the return of cancer to the original site of surgery and radiation. It is too early, therefore, to come to definite conclusions regarding the efficacy of metabolic therapy in her case. It should be noted, however, that most patients under such circumstances experience a rapid decline and, at the end of one year, either are deceased or are facing a severe confrontation with their disease. By contrast, this patientís disease appears to be completely controlled and she is enjoying a normal life.
B157M: Cancer of Both Breasts
This woman was fifty years old at the time of her first radical mastectomy in June, 1967. The patient states the doctor assured her they "got it all."
A second radical mastectomy was performed in the same Michigan hospital in 1974. The patient was told at the time of her second breast amputation that it would be necessary for her to have cobalt therapy, and when the cobalt treatments were completed she would have to have her uterus and ovaries removed.
She left her home in Michigan at her doctorís suggestion and went to a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital to prepare for subsequent treatments. The patient had this to say about her treatment in New York:
By June, 1975, three small lumps had appeared on the sift of the scar of the biopsy which had preceded the second radical mastectomy.
The lumps which had appeared in June, 1975, and one lymph node were finally removed in December, 1975, at Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas. The pathology diagnosis stated:
2. Lymph node with metastatic well differentiated adenocarcinoma.
The patient for a second time decided against cobalt.
About this time she had heard of Laetrile and concluded she would try nutritional therapy instead. She began treatments on February 4, 1976. Within just a few days, she noticed a general improvement in her stamina and sense of well-being. Her return to apparent good health since that time has been impressive, especially in view of the fact that she has not always adhered strictly to the prescribed levels of Laetrile or to the recommended diet.
Psychological scars, however, remain. In a recent letter to the Richardson Clinic, the patient stated:
I125M: Cancer of the Breast
This patient was admitted to General Rose Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for a right radical mastectomy, which was performed on October 30, 1974. She was hospitalized for six weeks following surgery because of an infection at the operative site.
Following surgery, she received radiation from November 27, 1974, to February 20, 1975. During that time, the treatments had to be discontinued for a period of ten days because of body bums.
Upon completion of radiation therapy, the patient was scheduled to start chemotherapy. She had only two shots and discontinued the treatment.
In a letter written by the patient to the Richardson Clinic she describes her local doctorís response to the idea of Laetrile:
I had read about Laetrile and wanted to discuss this with my doctor. He threw the book, turned red, and yelled, "This is no damn good." ...
March 10, 1975, I began vitamin therapy. For the fist time, I began to feel normal and enjoy being human once again. I have continued the Laetrile shots, the vitamins, and the cancer diet faithfully since March 10, 1975, and it is now March 4, 1976. I do all my normal work, sleep eight hours each night, have much energy, and enjoy life and friends once again.
I have confidence in my vitamin therapy. The surgery and radiation made me feel like a stumbling zombie. I feel like a healthy individual since vitamin therapy.
In August, 1974, this thirty-four-year-old woman began to have pain in her left arm, for which her family doctor was unable to find a cause. The patient discovered a lump on her left breast in March, 1975. She states that she returned to her family doctor, who advised her there was no lump; rather, she was feeling the side of her breast.
Three months later, however, the patient sought the advice of her gynecologist, who said there was a lump on her breast and advised her to see a surgeon. Following several consultations, the patient was admitted to the hospital, where a radical left breast removal was performed on August 11,1975.
The surgery report states in part: "On dissecting the tissue away from the highest axillary structures on the chest wall above and behind the axillary structures, tumor and metastases were noted." The report stated that all of the main tumor was removed, but no mention was made of the metastases.
The pathology report from St. Josephís Hospital In Denver, Colorado, states the final diagnosis as: "Infiltrating ductal carcinoma. Left radical mastectomy with residual Intraductal carcinoma [cancer not removed by surgery] and axillary lymph node metastases."
The patientís husband was advised that the cancer had Invaded the shoulder area and that the surgeons were unable to cut out all the cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy were both advised, and the probability of subsequent need to remove the patientís ovaries was also discussed.
The patient and her husband decided that she should come to the Richardson Clinic for metabolic therapy instead
Metabolic therapy including Laetrile was begun September 10, 1975. In a letter dated March 30, 1976, the patient summarizes her experience in part as follows:
After about the third or fourth shot, the pain In my arm, which had not gone away even after surgery, was gone, and I could use my arm in a fairly normal way. I felt that any kind of therapy which was constructive had to do more good than destructive therapy.
Although this patient is known to have had extensive metastases at the
inception of metabolic therapy, and, thus, her prognosis (under orthodox
therapy) would have been extremely unfavorable, she has responded beautifully.
Her general health and vitality have improved, and her disease appears to be
satisfactorily controlled, inasmuch as she remains symptom-free more than one
and one-half years after the incomplete removal of her cancer.
(1)Clinical Oncology for Medical Students and Physicians, op. cit., p. 99.