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					                                                OVARIAN CANCER
Definition:
         Cancer of the ovary(ies).

Etiology:
            1.   20% of all gynecologic neoplasms occur in the ovaries
            2.   usually remain undetected until they have extended or metastasized to other areas
            3.   change in size noted in a routine pelvic exam is often the first sign and an enlarged ovary in a post-menopausal
                 woman should be highly suspect
            4.   ovarian tumors are the 5th greatest cause of death in US women
            5.   may be serous, mucinous, adenocarcinoma and unclassified
            6.   have usually progressed far before diagnosis is made

Signs and Symptoms:
        Usually few and late in onset:
                  1. pelvic uneasiness, discomfort
                  2. inappropriate bleeding (from hormone secretion)
        Much later:
                  1. abdominal swelling
                  2. edema in abdomen (ascites)
                  3. pelvic pain

Lab Findings:
         1. associated with local effects of tumor and type
         2. Pap smear
         3. Laparoscopy

Course/Prognosis:
        1. the disease incidence is highest in women in their 50's
        2. the tumor often grows undetected as symptoms may be vague and mild until the disease has progressed and
            metastasized
        3. hysterectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy are often the surgical treatments of choice
        4. conventional physicians also use radiation and chemotherapy, which now claims around 50% remission rates after
            several years

Differential Diagnosis:
         1. ovarian cysts
         2. depends on symptomatology

Nutrition:
         1.      medium length alkaline fasts depending on condition of patient under physician's supervision
         2.      citrus peel
         3.      vitamin A and magnesium rich foods
         4.      liver cleansing foods: beets, carrots, artichokes, lemons, parsnips, dandelion greens, watercress, burdock root

            Recommendation for all cancers:
                   a. seaweed, mushrooms (Chinese black, Shiitake), figs, beets, beet tops, papaya, mung beans, licorice, sea
                        cucumbers, carrot, garlic, walnut, litchi fruit, mulberries, asparagus, pumpkin, burdock, dandelion greens,
                        white fungus, taro roots, pearl barley, grains, fresh fruit and vegetables

            Remedies:
                   a.      soup of black or ling zhi mushrooms and white fungus TID
                   b.      boil together mung beans, pearl barley, adzuki beans and figs
                   c.      dandelion, burdock and chrysanthemum flower tea

Avoid:
            1.   meat, chicken
            2.   cinnamon, anise, pepper
            3.   dairy products
            4.   spicy, high fat, fried and/or salty foods
            5.   hot sauces
            6.   smoking, constipation, stress
            7.   alcohol, coffee, caffeine
            8.   acid forming foods, tomatoes


Supplements:
       1. vitamin A and E emulsion



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          2.   vitamin C
          3.   digestive enzymes: bromelain
          4.   glandulars: thymus, adrenal

Hydrotherapy:
        1. sitz bath: hot or alternating
        2. fever treatment

Physiotherapy:
        1. aerobic exercise: a physically active lifestyle has been associated with lower incidence of reproductive cancers in
            women

Botanicals:

          1.   Dioscorea villosa: spasmolytic useful in relieving ovarian pain
          2.   Mitchella repens: improves circulation and relieves congestion and irritation of pelvic organs
          3.   Trifolium partense: a traditional cancer remedy used

          General cancer/neoplasm:
          1. Avena sativa: nervous debility of convalescence
          2. Baptisa tinctoria: for tumorous or malignant conditions
          3. Berberis aquifolium: dyscrasiae due to cancerous cachexia
          4. Conium maculatum (toxic): pain of cancer
          5. Echinacea spp.: increases interferon production, purifies blood
          6. Gentiana lutea: bitter; promotes appetite, improves digestion in chronic debility
          7. Larrea divaricata (Mexican folklore)
          8. Phytolacca decandra (toxic): carcinoma, adenoma; hard, swollen lymph nodes
          9. Rumex crispus: to prevent early stages of cancer
          10. Taraxacum officinale: loss of appetite, weak digestion
          11. Trifolium pratense: alterative; purifies blood, cancerous diathesis; with daily use; patient are slower in developing
              carcinoma after excision
          12. Viola odorata: malignant disease, neoplasm in alimentary canal ; after tumor extirpation to protect from metastases;
              combines well with Galium aparine
          13. Viscum album (toxic): tumor-inhibiting effects reported, main use as follow-up therapy after surgery or radiation;
              extracts available: Iscador, Phenesol, Helixior

          Formulas:
                  a.     Hoxsey-like (a constitutional cleansing and cancer support formula): Arctium lappa [6g], Berberis
                         aquifolium [6g], Glycyrrhiza glabra [12g], Phytolacca decandra (toxic) [6g], Rhamnus frangula (toxic) [3g],
                         rhamnus purshiana [3g], Stillingia sylvatica (toxic) [6g], Trifolium pratense [12g], Xanthoxylum
                         americanum [3g]; combine the dry herbs, place in 3 cups of water and simmer for 10-15min., cool, strain
                         and store in a dark glass jar; SIG: use 2-4 Tbsp. tea in a 1/3 cup water adding 1-2 drops of saturated
                         potassium iodide and 5-11 drops of strong iodine (Lugol's) solution, take QID, PC and before bed

Homeopathy:
       1. Alumen: with obstinate constipation; 200c every week; often left ovary
       2. Apis: stinging pains; on right; < from coition; > lying on right side; ovarian tumor with stinging, cutting and
           throbbing pains; < from standing, walking, palpitation; pains often extending to right breast; tumor hard; ovarian
           tumors; patient passes more urine than is normal; menses irregular, lasting a day or two
       3. Arsenicum album: burning or tensive pain in ovary; tumors painful or painless; ovarian tumor; with leg pain, cannot
           keep foot still; tumor on right side; fills entire abdominal cavity; could not stoop to dress her feet
       4. Calcarea carbonica: bearing down in pelvis, pain in uterus or right ovarian region extending down thighs
       5. Colocynthis: stabbing pain in right pelvis; walks bent with hands pressed upon painful side pain extends down thighs
           and down femoral nerve; a firm, elastic tumor between uterus and vagina anteriorly and rectum posteriorly,
           completely occluding vagina and rendering defecation very difficult
       6. Conium: induration and enlargement of ovaries with lancinating pains; indurations, esp. of a scrofulous nature or
           from injuries
       7. Fluoric acid: right side with continuous grinding, worrying pain and sense of weight; increased necessity to walk
           about, to exercise, without fatigue , regardless of heat in summer or cold in winter
       8. Graphites: tumor, size of an orange, in right iliac fossa, also similar on in left, both hard, round, slightly movable; not
           painful to pressure, nor producing in convenience from weight; enlarged ovaries, which become more tender and
           more enlarged every time she takes cold or gets her feet damp; swelling and hardness of ovaries after menses
       9. Hepar suphur: tendency to suppurate; great sensitiveness
       10. Iodine: bearing down pain, esp. right ovary; great sensitiveness of right ovarian region during or after menses;
           induration and swelling of ovaries, pain commencing in right ovary, passing down broad ligament to uterus; dull
           pressing wedge-like pain as if a dull plug were driven from right ovary to womb




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11. Kreosotum: after chill, menses suppressed for six months; unable to lie on either side; dull pain in region of ovaries,
    could not bear strong pressure; morning urine colorless, brownish-yellow, acrid leukorrhea; constipation; aphthous
    or inflammatory state of external parts; symptomatic of ovarian disease
12. Lachesis: pains boring or burning, > with start of menses; pains shoot from L to R; ovarian tumors, L ovary first
    affected, tending to R; ovarian tumors with profuse and prolonged menses; great sensitiveness in lower abdomen;
    severe aching pain, anteriorly in thighs, in branches of anterior crural nerve
13. Palladium: induration and swelling of R ovary with soreness and shooting pains from navel to pelvis; heavy weight in
    pelvis > lying on L side and rubbing; < standing and on motion
14. Podophyllum: pain R side with hear, down thighs > from pressure; shooting pain in R ovary before and during
    menses; ovarian tumor with pain extending upward to shoulder; ovarian tumor, size of a hen's egg to half the size of
    a fist
15. Psorinum: L ovary indurated from a blow, sensitive knotty hump above the tight groin; cutting in the L loin; cannot
    walk without assistance
16. Thuja: burning pain when walking; must lie down; cutting, squeezing; shooting pain in L ovary; severe pain in
    ovaries as a result of an over physiological action




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