Frequently asked questions
There are countless questions that arise with a cancer diagnosis... an there should be! Here are a few common questions below. However, if you have one that isn't listed... feel free to contact us and we will get back with you as soon as possible.
- What does SAGE stand for?
Sophia's Amor Guiding Evolution
Amor means "love" in Spanish. Sophia lived in Spain for the last half of her life. Through her healing process, she inspired me to help guide evolution in awareness of the many options when healing from cancer and within the subject of health itself.
- What are the most common types of childhood cancer?
According to the National Cancer Institute...
Among the 12 major types of childhood cancers, leukemias (blood cell cancers) and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of the new cases.
About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias. The most common type of leukemia in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The most common solid tumors are brain tumors (e.g., gliomas and medulloblastomas), with other solid tumors (e.g., neuroblastomas, Wilms tumors, and sarcomas such as rhabdomyosarcoma and osteosarcoma) being less common.
Gliomas are the most aggressive form of brain cancer. PNET, Craniopharyngioma, Astrocytomas, Medulloblastoma and a few others are also aggressive forms of childhood brain cancer.
- What are the overall success rates with chemotherapy?
It is very difficult to have an exact answer and the answer usually depends upon the source. From my personal research the success rate of 10% overall was what I found on average. To me this seems like a really low success rate considering the countless millions of dollars spend on cancer research and cures each year! Plus with the risk of such invasive measures.
The best answer for this question... Simply do your research! Do it for yourself and for those you love! Read everything from both sides and should be easier to understand the results once comparing different overall sources.
The true questions to think about are "Do the risks out weigh the benefits?"... "What kind of quality of life is provided with that treatment?"... "Can it exacerbate the pre-existing cancer?"... "What about long term side effects?"... "Will I survive the treatment or am I better off living with cancer and trying natural methods that promote my quality of life?"... "Does this treatment promote overall health?". Please keep in mind that a second opinion gave Sophia a 75% cure for life success rate. This was the ONLY reason my husband was stuck on trying chemo. I still felt the same way regardless of this doctor's opinion. In my personal and professional opinion, Sophia would be here today, at least still working towards a cure if not healed, had she not received chemotherapy.
I am not saying chemo can't work and hasn't worked. I just believe that if such a toxic & poisonous method works, then natural methods if approach by a professional and done so in a time efficient manner, would cure that same cancer while improving the overall quality of health & most likely correcting/reversing the CAUSE of cancer.
An important thing to remember... When making a decision based on fear & lack of knowledge, the wrong decision will be made. At this time it is important that you make decisions that you can live with if things don't go as intended or promised by someone. No matter what, think of who has to ultimately live with the decisions that are made.
- What does a diagnosis of cancer really mean?
They body is not FUNCTIONING properly, therefore there must be an underlying CAUSE. Cancer is usually the body's last line of defense. What it is needing to defend itself from is another question... actually puzzle that needs to be put together for each individual.
- What are the causes of cancer?
There are many causes of cancer and usually there is more than one cause to take into consideration. When it comes to childhood cancers, the most likely causes are heavy metal toxins from vaccines, genetic errors, stressful pregnancy, toxins in the diet and a few others.
No matter what the diagnosis, it is important to address cancer from all angles. For example, immunosuppression, possible parasites, nutritional deficiencies, possible fungus or candida, lack of cellular respiration, source of water, ingredients in soaps, shampoos and detergents, pH level of the body and much more definitely need to be explored if true healing is desired.
- Can cancer be cured naturally?
Absolutely! I am a firm believer that if it was cured with chemotherapy, it could have also been cured with natural means. The reason being that there is nothing in chemotherapy that promotes health and healing. If cancer can be destroyed with poisons, then there is definitely a way to kill cancer cells correctly while promoting health and offering a more long, life time solution.
One doctor's work alone proves this. Not to mention the countless other doctors and healers that have seen cancer's cured through complete natural, non invasive means.
Be sure to research these following leaders in curing cancer so you can start to begin to understand where the true healing begins.
Dr. Serge Jurasunas, Hudla Clark, Royal Rife, Joanna Budwig, Dr. Kelley, Joanna Brant
- Where do I start to look for answers?
This is a great resource. Use us for what we are here for. We can help you find the many answers needed to specifically help you.
The internet is also a good source of information. However, beware! There are many misleading articles on instant cancer cures and stories to back them up. I am not saying they didn't work for that person. I am saying that it is important that you find out everything you can about any and all possible solutions that lead to healing.
There is really no one natural cure for cancer. It has to be approached from as many angles as possible and in rapid time. Therefore it is important that you do your research, make as many phone calls as possible, and fact check your research.
- What is different about cancer and brain cancer?
Cancer is not good news no matter what. However there is a different between systemic cancer and brain cancer. Brain cancer tends to be much more aggressive and harder to heal overall. Leukemia and brain cancers make up the majority of childhood diagnosed cancers, however leukemia success rates of healing is dramatically higher than brain cancers.
Brain cancer is also less likely to respond to chemotherapy due to the blood brain barrier. This was the case with Sophia. Also with Sophia, this is what exacerbated her disease and led to her passing.
- If radiation is chosen, what is the best kind to use?
Radiation is extremely invasive and overall very dangerous in kids due to their lack of complete development. Radiation in fact is not allowed for children under the age of 3 for that reason. However, if you are considering radiation as a last resort... research cyberknife radiation. It is designed to help protect surrounding tissues from being while tumor receives radiation.
- Can supplements help protect the body from the dangers associated with chemotherapy/radiation?
Yes! Chemotherapy does more damage than good on average. It is so invasive that common side effects are hearing loss, kidney and liver damage and more. Also a common side effect down the road is being diagnosed with a secondary cancer like leukemia. There are many products and supplements that can help protect the body as much as possible while under treatment.
- How many children are diagnosed in the US each year?
According to the National Cancer Institute...
In the United States in 2007, approximately 10,400 children under age 15 were diagnosed with cancer and about 1,545 children will die from the disease (1). Although this makes cancer the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children 1 to 14 years of age, cancer is still relatively rare in this age group. On average, 1 to 2 children develop the disease each year for every 10,000 children in the United States.
Ries LAG, Melbert D, Krapcho M, et al. SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2004. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2007, from http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2004.
- What are the known or suspected causes of childhood cancer?
According to the National Cancer Institute...
The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown. A few conditions, such as Down syndrome, other specific chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, and ionizing radiation exposures, explain a small percentage of cases.
Environmental causes of childhood cancer have long been suspected by many scientists but have been difficult to pin down, partly because cancer in children is rare and because it is difficult to identify past exposure levels in children, particularly during potentially important periods such as pregnancy or even prior to conception. In addition, each of the distinctive types of childhood cancers develops differently?with a potentially wide variety of causes and a unique clinical course in terms of age, race, gender, and many other factors. Possible risk factors for specific childhood cancers are discussed in the SEER monograph mentioned above.
A number of studies are examining suspected or possible risk factors for childhood cancers, including early-life exposures to infectious agents; parental, fetal, or childhood exposures to environmental toxins such as pesticides, solvents, or other household chemicals; parental occupational exposures to radiation or chemicals; parental medical conditions during pregnancy or before conception; maternal diet during pregnancy; early postnatal feeding patterns and diet; and maternal reproductive history. Researchers are also studying the risks associated with maternal exposures to oral contraceptives, fertility drugs, and other medications; familial and genetic susceptibility; and risk associated with exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
- What have studies shown about the possible causes of childhood cancer?
According to the National Cancer Institute...
For several decades, the NCI, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has supported national and international collaborations devoted to studying the causes of cancer in children. Key findings from this research include the following:
High levels of ionizing radiation from accidents or from radiotherapy have been linked with increased risk of some childhood cancers.
Children with cancer treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy may be at increased risk for developing a second primary cancer. For example, certain types of chemotherapy, including alkylating agents or topoisomerase II inhibitors (e.g., epipodophyllotoxins), can cause an increased risk of leukemia.
- How have childhood cancer incidence and survival rates changed over the years?
Over the past 20 years, there has been some increase in the incidence of children diagnosed with all forms of invasive cancer, from 11.5 cases per 100,000 children in 1975 to 14.8 per 100,000 children in 2004. During this same time, however, death rates declined dramatically and 5-year survival rates increased for most childhood cancers. For example, the 5-year survival rates for all childhood cancers combined increased from 58.1 percent in 1975-77 to 79.6 percent in 1996-2003 (2). This improvement in survival rates is due to significant advances in treatment, resulting in a cure or long-term remission for a substantial proportion of children with cancer.
Long-term trends in incidence for leukemias and brain tumors, the most common childhood cancers, show patterns that are somewhat different from the others. Incidence of childhood leukemias appeared to rise in the early 1980s, with rates increasing from 3.3 cases per 100,000 in 1975 to 4.6 cases per 100,000 in 1985. Rates in the succeeding years have shown no consistent upward or downward trend and have ranged from 3.7 to 4.9 cases per 100,000 (2).
For childhood brain tumors, the overall incidence rose from 1975 through 2004, from 2.3 to 3.2 cases per 100,000 (2), with the greatest increase occurring from 1983 through l986. An article in the September 2, 1998, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that the rise in incidence from 1983 through 1986 may not have represented a true increase in the number of cases, but may have reflected new forms of imaging equipment (magnetic resonance imaging or MRI) that enabled visualization of brain tumors that could not be easily visualized with older equipment (3). Other important developments during this time period included the changing classification of brain tumors, which resulted in tumors previously designated as "benign" being reclassified as "malignant," and improvements in neurosurgical techniques for biopsying brain tumors. Regardless of the explanation for the increase in incidence that occurred from 1983 to 1986, childhood brain tumor incidence has been essentially stable since the mid-1980s.
A monograph based on data from the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program was published in 1999 on U.S. trends in incidence, mortality, and survival rates of childhood cancers. This monograph, Cancer Incidence and Survival Among Children and Adolescents: United States SEER Program 1975-1995, is available at http://seer.cancer.gov/publications/childhood/ on the Internet. In 2006, SEER published another monograph, Cancer Epidemiology in Older Adolescents and Young Adults 15 to 29 Years of Age, Including SEER Incidence and Survival: 1975-2000. This monograph is the first to collect detailed information about cancer incidence and outcomes in adolescents and young adults (AYA). It provides population-based incidence, mortality, and survival data specific to cancers that occur in the AYA population, along with epidemiological data and risk factors for the development of age-specific cancers. This resource is available at http://seer.cancer.gov/publications/aya/ on the Internet. More recent cancer statistics for children ages 0-14 and 0-19 are available in sections 28 and 29 of the SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2004 at http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2004/ on the Internet.
Here is a list of a few questions that should be asked to your medical oncology team. Please contact us for more questions that may be applicaple for your specific case.
- What kind of cancer is it? What stage, if applicable?
- What are treatment options? What all is entailed?
- What are all the risks associated?
- What are long-term side effects?
- What about using natural supportive methods?
- What cell type is the cancer?
- Can we monitor the cancer growth with cancer marker tests versus scans?
- What caused the cancer?
- Does diet matter? Sugar?
This is one of the commonly shocking answers. I couldn't believe that so many oncologist do not recommend a healthy diet. What was worse was that it does matter and is apparent based on research. If it is crucial to overall basic health... how can it not matter with a cancer diagnosis?
Sophia was on mostly a ketogenic diet per recommendation of an MD. It was used in the past, prior to the pharmaceutical industry, as a cure for epilepsy. It has been under research for a possible cure for brain cancer for quite some time. However, Sophia's doctors encouraged her to go to McDonald's like all the little kids after leaving the hospital.
- How should I change my household products? Are they toxic?
- Can exercise help increase my rate of survival?
It isn't a cure, but getting the blood pumping and releasing toxins overall is definitely a component to achieving health.
- Are there natural supplements that can help protect my body from damage associated with chemo/radiation?
The odds are they won't be able to answer this or they will simply say "no". However, in countless documented cases, including Sophia's, supplements were a key factor the overall high quality of life despite diagnosis and treatment options.
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