Illnesses

Leukemia/Lymphoma

"Leukemias are cancers of the blood-forming organs, and lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic tissues. In general, leukemias and lymphomas respond well to the conventional treatment methods of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Because there are many different types of these cancers, treatment is based on the specific diagnosis of the disease."

"Although leukemia and lymphomas respond well to the conventional treatment methods of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, other potentially beneficial treatments are available."
Life Extension Foundation

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Leukemia and Lymphoma (Hodgkin's and Non-Hodgkin's Disease)
from Life Extension Foundation
Recommended

Mayo Clinic
Overview, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, When to Seek Medical Advice, Screening and Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping Skills

Leukemia

Hodgkin's Disease

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
What is Leukemia?

How is Leukemia Treated?

Leukemia Treatment by Disease Type

Living with Leukemia

Resources and Links

Lymphomation.org
Types of Lymphoma

Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Leukemia-Infection Link Grows Clearer
from HealthScout

New Report Supports Association Between Agent Orange and One Form of Chronic Leukemia
from National Academy of Sciences
"A re-evaluation of evidence now supports an association between exposure to herbicides used during the Vietnam War and the development of a specific form of leukemia in veterans..."

Risk Factors for Lymphoma
from Lymphomation.org

PATIENTS' STORIES

Adam Berman
5 Year Survivor, Diagnosed at Age 33, Treatment: Chemotherapy, “Pinpoint” Radiation, Bone Marrow Transplant

Robyn Feldmar
8 Year Survivor, Diagnosed at Age 2, Treatment: Chemotherapy, Bone Marrow Transplant

Lisa Shaw-Brawley
Author, Lymphoma Survivor Learned Skills to Cope with Her Illness

GrannyBarb's Story
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Art Flatau
Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Patients Treated With Non-Toxic Therapies and Nutrition
from Cancer Control Society
These patients have generously agreed to share their experiences.

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Lymphoma Treatment Overview
from Lymphomation.org

New Approaches to Treatment
from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
"Several areas of research have resulted in new approaches to the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma."

Signal Transduction Pathway Inhibition - A New Treatment Approach
"Early in the progression of these diseases, many, although not all, have been found to express certain cytokine chemical messengers or signal transduction pathways previously thought only to be expressed in human solid tumors as well as certain inflammatory and immunosuppressive cytokines. The blockade or inhibition of these signal transduction pathways in human solid tumors has yielded dramatic results. One example is the drug Iressa made by AstraZenca. Iressa has produced positive results in certain cancers via a blockade of the epidermal growth factor receptor site (EGFR) found to be overexpressed in many cancers."

Adjuvant Treatments for Leukemia and Lymphoma
from Life Extension Foundation
"Although leukemia and lymphomas respond well to the conventional treatment methods of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, other potentially beneficial treatments are available."
Vitamins A and D3, Soy Extract, Curcumin, Green Tea, GLA/DHA, Statin Drugs, DHEA, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Shark Liver Oil, Blood Markers, Inhibiting Protein-Tyrosine Kinase with Gleevec

Scientific Abstracts: Leukemia/Lymphoma
from Life Extension Foundation

Low Dose Naltrexone and Cancer
"As of mid-2003, Dr. Bihari reports having treated some 300 patients with cancer that had failed to respond to standard treatments. Of that group, some 60%, after four to six months treatment with LDN, began to demonstrate a halt in cancer growth and, of those, half have shown objective signs of tumor shrinkage."

Alternative/Homeopathy Treatments
from Children with Leukemia

Genetic Study Points to Need for New Drugs for Fatal Infant Cancer
"Certain infants diagnosed with the most common and curable kind of childhood leukemia still do not do well on the same drugs that cure up to 80 percent of their peers. Now researchers may know why."

Gleevec Shows Promise in Treating Another Form of Leukemia
from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Targeted Radiation Therapy Studied in Patients with Relapsed Mantle Cell Lymphoma
from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

OTHER RESOURCES

See also Cancer in this web site.

Medical Search Services

Medical Search Services - Advantages and Disadvantages
from CancerGuide
"One way to get technical information on your cancer is to pay a professional search service to search medical databases for you. This has both advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is that you get the expertise of someone who knows how to search. This means that you can be sure you will not fail to get the information you are seeking because of your inexperience in using medical databases - using a medical database effectively is a skill which sometimes rises to the level of an art. Using a search service also means that you don't have to spend your precious time learning how to use a medical database.

One disadvantage is cost. You may pay up to several hundred dollars for a professional search when you could probably do it yourself cheaper."

SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN CONVENTIONAL THERAPIES

Cancer Advisors
"We offer you a medical resource that makes the search for appropriate clinical trial options less difficult and more reliable, based on unbiased advice from experienced oncologists, professional research, and cutting-edge technologies."

Shine On-Line Services
"Schine On-Line Services, Inc., founded by cancer survivor Gary Schine, author of Cancer Cure, gathers information on any and all types of cancer or other illness directly for clients. Our researchers have extensive on-line experience, training from the National Library of Medicine, and other medical database training. We can search the databases for you and provide a report of the current developments in treatment and clinical trials of your particular illness."

SERVICE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON BOTH CONVENTIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

The Health Resource
"The Health Resource is a medical information service whose expert medical researchers are here to help you and your loved ones learn about all the treatment options for your cancer or other medical condition."

SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CANHELP
"CANHELP assists you and your family in making informed, intelligent cancer treatment decisions. We search the world for cutting-edge, conventional and alternative therapies for all types of cancers including the common cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate as well as rare cancers such as carcinoids, Ewing sarcoma etc."

The Moss Reports on Cancer
"Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. writes detailed reports on optimal treatment for nearly every cancer diagnosis and situation. Many people have found these reports to be an extremely helpful way of rapidly gaining knowledge in a difficult field."



The Cancer Control Society
"Its mission: to prevent and control cancer and other diseases through Nutrition and Non-Toxic Therapies."

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
"Cancer Treatment Centers of America offers the most sophisticated forms of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy in combination with complementary therapies that include; nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine, and naturopathic medicine."

Children with Leukemia

Clinical Cancer Research
"Publishes original articles describing clinical research on the cellular and molecular characterization, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of human cancer.  Its focus is on innovative clinical research and translational research which bridges the laboratory and the clinic.  Clinical Cancer Research is especially interested in clinical trials evaluating new treatments for cancer; research on molecular abnormalities that predict incidence, response to therapy, and outcome, and laboratory studies of new drugs and biological agents that will lead to clinical trials in patients."

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)
Free resource for cancer patients at (212) 741-2790
"A true alternative to conventional cancer therapy focuses first and foremost on the whole body in order to repair the biological breakdown responsible for producing abnormal cells.  A sound repair system takes all body functions into consideration including: nutrition plus the organs of metabolism, lymphatic drainage, glandular function, waste elimination, circulation, stress management, structural balance, etc."

Leukemia Research Foundation

Leukemia Cancer Treatments
by Lou Surette
Conventional and alternative treatments for leukemia.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Leukemia Links from Cancerlinks

Lymphoma Links from Cancerlinks

Lymphomation.org

Leukemia from Ask NOAH

Lymphoma from Ask NOAH
NOAH stands for the New York Online Access to Health.

Leukemia/Lymphoma Articles
from The New England Journal of Medicine

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

Lana Cantrell, Ph.D., The Alternative vs. Orthodox Treatment of Leukemia

Evan Handler, Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors
Geoffrey Kurland, M.D., My Own Medicine: A Doctor's Life as a Patient Janie Starr, Bone Marrow Boogie: The Dance of a Lifetime

 

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