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Stage IV Melanoma – Help!

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    Manubuzzi
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    Dear all, 
     
    I'm writing you from Argentina.  My mother is 45 years old and was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma.  She already had a tumor removed from her brain.  The next step is to get a PET scan to see if the malignant cells have spread to other parts of the body, and to start the traditional treatment of chemotherapy and radiology.  We are a close family, she has 5 children.  We are ready to battle this illness, but as you know, this is a desperate, depressive and devastating situation.
     
    I have been reading your post and it has given me a lot of hope!  Any help that you can give us would be so useful, there is so much that we want to know.  I have been reading a lot of information on the internet and I get confused. 
     
    Although my mother is sick, with half her body paralyzed from brain surgery, she is still in great spirits, with energy, she eats and sleeps well.  We already have specialists on the case that are focusing on the next steps- treatments, medicines, etc, but I'd like to focus on keeping her spirits and strength up!  I've heard about certain diet regimens and dietary supplements like "Cellect" that have had a high success rate.
     
    Please keep in mind that I am in Argentina.  Any help/advice/tips that anyone can give me will be greatly appreciated, especially if they are accessible from Argentina.  Thank you!
     
     
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      lhaley
      Participant

      I am so sorry that you have had to join our group.  I hope we are able to give you some information. 

      I googled Cellect and found the following from an article of a study done at Sloan Kettering (a major cancer hospital in the US)  While many try alternative drugs along with coventional treatments my concern for this particular one is what they say about the milk thistle and drug interactions.  Supplements should only be taken under the guidance of your mom's Oncologist while she is undergoing any type of drug therapy.  She has enough going to and does not need to fight a drug interaction.

      Clinical Summary

      Cellect is a line of dietary supplements that include gelatin, cod liver oil, and different blends that consist of vitamin E, minerals, shark cartilage and milk thistle. It is marketed as a vitamin program purported to maintain the body's normal functions, to help boost the immune system, and to treat cancer by alleviating the body's chemical imbalances. Although shark cartilage has been been examined for its antitumor and antiangiogenic activities in vitro and in animal models, such effects have not been substantiated in clinical studies. Some of the ingredients, such as Milk Thistle, may cause drug interactions. Cellect should not be confused with a device that is used to separate cells.
       
      Prayers and hugs sent to you and your mom,
      Linda
      Stage IV since 06
      stable
       
       
       
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        Manubuzzi
        Participant

        Dear Linda, 

        Many thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it.

        I was already trying to buy this product. Now, I understand that the first step is: Don't be desperate. 

        I will check with the oncologist if Cellect components could cause negative drug interactions or something like that. 
         
        Thanks for the prayers and hugs, warm hugs to you as well.
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        Manubuzzi
        Participant

        Dear Linda, 

        Many thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it.

        I was already trying to buy this product. Now, I understand that the first step is: Don't be desperate. 

        I will check with the oncologist if Cellect components could cause negative drug interactions or something like that. 
         
        Thanks for the prayers and hugs, warm hugs to you as well.
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        Manubuzzi
        Participant

        Dear Linda, 

        Many thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it.

        I was already trying to buy this product. Now, I understand that the first step is: Don't be desperate. 

        I will check with the oncologist if Cellect components could cause negative drug interactions or something like that. 
         
        Thanks for the prayers and hugs, warm hugs to you as well.
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        Manubuzzi
        Participant

        Dear Linda, 

        Many thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it.

        I was already trying to buy this product. Now, I understand that the first step is: Don't be desperate. 

        I will check with the oncologist if Cellect components could cause negative drug interactions or something like that. 
         
        Thanks for the prayers and hugs, warm hugs to you as well.
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      lhaley
      Participant

      I am so sorry that you have had to join our group.  I hope we are able to give you some information. 

      I googled Cellect and found the following from an article of a study done at Sloan Kettering (a major cancer hospital in the US)  While many try alternative drugs along with coventional treatments my concern for this particular one is what they say about the milk thistle and drug interactions.  Supplements should only be taken under the guidance of your mom's Oncologist while she is undergoing any type of drug therapy.  She has enough going to and does not need to fight a drug interaction.

      Clinical Summary

      Cellect is a line of dietary supplements that include gelatin, cod liver oil, and different blends that consist of vitamin E, minerals, shark cartilage and milk thistle. It is marketed as a vitamin program purported to maintain the body's normal functions, to help boost the immune system, and to treat cancer by alleviating the body's chemical imbalances. Although shark cartilage has been been examined for its antitumor and antiangiogenic activities in vitro and in animal models, such effects have not been substantiated in clinical studies. Some of the ingredients, such as Milk Thistle, may cause drug interactions. Cellect should not be confused with a device that is used to separate cells.
       
      Prayers and hugs sent to you and your mom,
      Linda
      Stage IV since 06
      stable
       
       
       
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