Shortly after her first surgery, a well known oncologist and researcher said to her, “I’ve looked at your pathology report and the systemic treatment I’m currently studying is all we can offer you. You will have terrible flu like symptoms every day for a year with a very small benefit in your survival.” The next day, a functional oncologist said, “Lets look at the genetic makeup of your body and the tumors the surgeon already took out so we can tailor your treatment to your specific biology. Here are 480 studies proving that with customized nutritional application we can shrink and possibly eliminate any remaining tumors the scans didn’t pick up.” Later the same day, a surgeon said, “We need to remove all the lymph nodes under your arm and possibly your breast as soon as possible, to make sure we got it all, how’s Friday morning?” All her mother can think is, “How do I choose the right treatment for my daughter? She trusts me with her life. I don’t know what is best. What if I encourage the wrong decision and she dies from this cancer?”
Are all these clinicians telling the truth? Or just their truth?
Are treatment options limited to the scope of practice you find your clinician to be practicing?