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Scope and Management of Cancer Cases in Homoeopathy

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Scope and Management of Cancer Cases in Homoeopathy : A 2-day-Seminar Dr. Sujit Chatterjee and Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar

Cancer forms one of the most intrigued and difficult to treat pathologies due to its fulminating nature in most cases. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy which are more widely used for the treatment, are hardly an answer to controlling the pace and pathology of this condition. It is the dream of every homoeopath to be able to successfully treat pathological cases especially cancer. But while doing so, many questions assail our mind with every case encountered. ‘Is this case treatable? Should I aim at cure or simply palliation? How do I prescribe the medicines and form the totality? Are there some remedies which come in handy for such cases? Should I allow chemotherapy and radiotherapy? How do I counter the side effects of chemo and radiotherapy?’ These are just a few difficulties faced by every homoeopath when handling cancer cases.

To this end, the other song arranged for two of its most experienced and senior consultants who have had considerable experience at handling cancer cases to share their expertise and knowledge among the homoeopathic fraternity. ‘Scope and Management of Cancer Cases in Homoeopathy’ was organized on the premises of the other song on 14th and 15th November with Dr. Sujit Chatterjee and Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar as the chief speakers in order to orient the homoeopaths on ways and means of treating cancer cases homoeopathically.

Dr. Sujit Chatterjee started by sharing his experiences from over 30 years of practice. Since allopathy and surgery cannot help the patient to a great extent, many patients resort to Homoeopathy and he was lucky to see atleast one cancer patient every week. He quoted, “It is the duty of every homoeopath to do his best even in cases where there is not much hope and provide whatever little relief one can.” He said that he was also unsuccessful in many cases, but every case was full of learning. He expressed his tribute and homage towards the patients he could not save.

He then showed a case of thyroid cancer which responded wonderfully well to Homoeopathy. The ultrasonography showed a well defined hypoechoic nodule with minimally irregular margins measuring 3.2 *0.9 *2 cm in the lower pole of the thyroid extending into the isthmus and a few cervical lymphnodes were noted in the USG. During the case-taking interview, it was apparent that he had tremendous fear about the disease and a lot of anxiety about his family. He was always worrying if he would completely recover. He had a deep love for nature. As most things in his case revolved around cancer, the remedy Carcinosin was given to him.

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Carcinosin was given in plussing method.

(Plussing method – this is a method of repetition of doses which Dr. Chatterjee uses especially in chronic pathological cases. The patient is given increasing potencies of the same medicine – 30, 200 and 1M. Over the first day, he is asked to dissolve 4 pills or 1 drop of the 30th potency in about 60 ml of water. Ten strokes have to be given to the bottle and the patient has to then have about 1/3rd of the liquid medicine (about 20 ml). The amount of medicine depleted is to be replaced by water in the same bottle. And the patient is to repeat the dose twice more over the day. The same mode of repetition of doses is to be followed over next 2 days with the 200th potency first and then with 1M potency.)

Cancer is an acute state of a chronic disease so we have to manage the acute state. A better history was known to us after a few consultations. It was elicited that he suffered tremendous grief at the death of his brother due from pancreatic cancer. He also had lot of sadness owing to the fact that he had no son and a constant feeling that his house will be empty once all his daughters get married. This is famously labeled ‘empty nest syndrome’ as labeled by Dr. Sarkar, where a patient faces lot of sorrow as the children leave him and this typical of Ignatia. The patient was given Ignatia 30, 200 and 1M on the 6th September 2013.

After 3 months, he was emotionally calmer and what was most prominent in the totality was then only thyroid cancer so he was administered Thyroidinum 30, 200, 1M in December 2013 due to organ affinity with the thyroid. After Thyroidinum the cervical lymphadenopathy was no longer seen on the USG and the cystic nodules seen earlier had disappeared too. Subsequently in the later sonographies, the size of thyroid isthmus reduced too.

Managing acute states is an important part of treating cancer patients. This patient then developed acute cough, which was suffocative by nature, more during and on waking up from sleep and with yellow expectoration. Considering the acute totality with the underlying chronic state of thyroid cancer, he was given Spongia 30 in plussing method, to which he responded very well, his cough slowly easing away to disappear completely within a few days.

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The recent follow up is that the patient is doing extremely well, the reports being almost normal, the swelling having disappeared. His general state of health is progressively improving and he is settled mentally. With each follow up his current totality is explored with an aim to eliciting the sensation (where earlier he was only at the level of name and fact).

Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar was the next speaker for the day. He demonstrated the use of observation in cancer to come to a similimum in cancer through various cases. He said that a CT scan cannot detect a tumour lesser in size than 5mm, and a tumour of 1 cubic mm contains more than one billion cancer cells. Thus by the time cancer is detected on investigations, it has probably spread causing metastasis. Also, he said that the primary causes of leukemia are radiation and chemotherapy as mentioned in the Harrison’s book of oncology.

Following radiotherapy several million cancer cells still remain in the body, said as stated by researchers. Secondary growths may still occur. You can say that cancer is a result of a decade of malformed cellular growth. So curing cancer means a bio-travelling in the past and digging into the past history. As rightly said by Sherlock Holmes “to solve a puzzle go behind the puzzle (i.e into the past history)” and as Churchill has nicely said the “more you look behind, the more you can march forward.”

Dr. Sarkar said that cancer is a result of breakdown of body’s self defense mechanism by toxins from bacteria, mutation by viruses in cell mechanism, alteration in DNA strands, destruction of cell metabolites by free radicals, cellular excitation through the hormone estrogen, inhibition of the cellular signaling systems by toxins in tobacco. Many women consume oral contraceptive for years, the hormones from which are passed in urine and dissolved in soil. A few causes of cancer include : Xenoestrogen (foreign estrogen), interference in electromagnetic fields, mental trauma, melancholy and affects constitutional disposition leading to mitochondrial malfunction resulting in diseases genes, faulty diet and lifestyle.

Dr. Sarkar then showed a case of cholangio carcinoma, for which Whipple’s procedure was done with poor prognosis. The patient was suffering from obstructive jaundice. When he came to the clinic on 4th June, 2012, his total bilirubin was 21.8. He came in walking supporting his back with his hands and had to sit down thrice while covering a short distance from the door to the chair meant for patients, due to the pain in lumboscaral region. This formed a very important observation for Dr. Sarkar, who had to ask only a question if he had a history of piles and constipation, to which the patient replied yes. The patient did very well with Aesculus and in his reports on 18th July, 2012, his total bilirubin had dropped to 4.6. There was an obvious regression of mass on CT scan too. Thus observation and knowledge can go a long way to relieve the suffering in such pathological cases.

Reference:

Aesculus – Boericke’s Materia Medica

The action of this drug is most marked on the lower bowel, producing engorged hemorrhoidal veins, with characteristic backache, Torpor and congestion of the liver and portal system, with constipation. The back aches and gives out and unfits the patient for business.

Region of SPINE FEELS WEAK; back and legs give out. BACKACHE AFFECTING SACRUM AND HIPS; WORSE WALKING OR STOOPING.

 

Proceeding with the presentation, Dr. Chatterjee shared a case of a female having Non-hodgkins lymphoma which he first saw in 2003. When the patient came to Dr. Chatterjee, she had para-aortic and retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy and diffuse lymphadenopathy at many places with mediastinal mass. She had already taken three cycles of chemotherapy. She was very attached to her family and was extremely dependent on the doctor, treating him almost like a family member. The current state showed that she felt that her grandchildren to whom she was very attached earlier, felt like a burden to her. The rubric taken for this was :

About the author

Sneha Vyas

Dr. Sneha Vyas, M.D. (Hom), Resident Doctor, the other song

Ruchita Shah

Dr. Ruchita Shah, B.H.M.S.

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