Nov 13, 2015 06:43PM Italychick wrote:
I did the RGCC test, $3,000! It found some circulating tumor cells, but at a very low threshold, under the level supposedly defined for invasive cancer. I don't see anywhere on my report where it mentions stem cells which I thought it was supposed to include. It identified chemo agents that would work on me, but I am a little skeptical about it because it rated Taxotere and Adriamycin as the highest effectiveness (84%). When I asked my MO about it, she said of course it will say that, those are the "big guns." It identified a bunch of alternative things like artemisinin, genistein, resveratrol and polymva and how effective different alternative substances would be on what was in my blood.
But the weird part is my tumor was er and pr negative, and the report said my blood had 30% estrogen and 15% progesterone receptors, and tamoxifen would be 30% effective. So that led me to more confusion. Is what is circulating in my blood something my body seems to be dealing with since my tumor was negative for receptors? And so would I now treat based on my actual growth, which was negative, or what is circulating in my blood, which shows positive receptors? Since I am still doing Herceptin, I haven't proceeded with anything alternative yet. I am in a confused state.
The integrative doctor said he would treat me with substances that seem to indicate a high sensitivity, like genistein, and go from there. When I asked how we would know the substances were effective, I didn't get a definitive answer. I haven't pushed it farther yet because every visit there was hundreds of dollars which only applied to my $25,000 out of network deductible, and I was already putting out $10,000 in deductibles for my chemo and Herceptin treatment.
So I guess what I am saying is what is circulating in the blood may not match what was in your tumor, and the report says that. It says "this test will not detect cancers of the brain or other cancers that have been encapsulated by the body, not releasing circulating tumor or stem cells into the blood stream if any of these cells are dormant. We still recommend the use of biopsy, blood markers and/or various scans with this test when cancer is suspected or known to exist. No test is 100% accurate."
So I guess I'm on the fence as to its value. Most alternative approaches will treat with insulin potentiated vitamin c IV and add substances like artemisinin into the cocktail whether they have this report or not. I did find somewhere that artemisinin was mainly effective with positive receptors and doesn't work for negative receptors. Polymva also seems to be used a lot, along with genistein and resveratrol.
A curious thing is we have a dog with skin hemangiosarcomas. Sometimes they resolve on their own and we asked the vet why. He said somehow at that point his immune system was stimulated enough to take the cancer out, but he doesn't know why or how. So based on that, my thought is boost the immune system as much as possible and get the body to fight.
Hopefully I helped. If I can answer any other questions, happy to!