Clinical Cases

Four Cancer Cases

Written by Edmund Carleton

We present four more interesting cases of cured cancer from Dr. Edmund Carleton.

From:Homoeopathy In Medicine And Surgery – Edmund Carleton, M. D.

Boericke & Tafel – 1913

Case 1: Epithelioma of the Nose — A widow, seventy years of age, exhibited a sore on the end of her nose, which destroyed one-third of that member before it could be brought under control. Specialists declared it to be epithelioma. The management of the case devolved upon me. She received three remedies at my hands. When local burning heat predominated, with dryness of skin, thirst, restlessness and apprehensiveness, then Arseniciun two hundredth was given.

When that phase yielded and was replaced by pricking pain and some gnawing, then Nitric acid two hundredth ruled. When the sore experienced sensations like “bed bug bites”, she took Kali bichromicum two hundredth. These three remedies shared pretty evenly, and were given in the order of succession named. She was cured in about three years, and so remained the rest of her life, reaching the age of eighty-four.

Case 2: Epithelioma of the Nose — A woman, sixty-two years of age. The malady first appeared as a scale or scab devoid of sensation. The scab fell off leaving a raw place which increased in size and again scabbed. This process was repeated many times. Eventually the raw surface became an elevated, red, fungating, easily bleeding sore which could be made to scab with difficulty. Sensations : Burning, pricking, stinging with itching, which was sometimes felt at the tip of the nose. As the morbid process yielded to medicine the steps, which have been described were retraced in the inverse order of their development and ended in complete cure. Over four years of time were required to do this. During that period four principal remedies were used, namely, Arsenicum, Nitric acid, Causticum and Apis, according to the prevalence of the burning, pricking, itching or stinging. At long intervals this order was interrupted, once by Sepia when a yellow saddle bestrode the nose; again by Lachesis for left-sided sore throat accompanied by hot flashes and intolerance of clothing about the neck, and again with Zincum when she was exhausted by the care of an invalid, and nervous, with fidgety feet. These remedies were all given in the cm. potency of Fincke, a dose about every two months or when improvement ceased. She is perfectly well.

Case 3: Cancer of the Stomach — Mrs. S. nurse, multipara, fifty years of age. Hard, irregular tumor at pylorus, sensitive to manipulation, the seat of burning pain; thirst, water producing an indescribable, nauseating effect ; inability to retain food, which returned partially digested ; vomiting of slime and blood; bloody dejections. Yellow, scrawny and emaciated. The staff of the Bond Street Dispensary confirmed my diagnosis of cancer of the stomach. Arsenicum two hundredth in water every two hours brought amelioration. Then the doses were placed farther apart; expedited when exacerbations ensued, and so on. In not quite two years she was well, and so remained for the rest of her life. No trace of cancer could ever after be discovered. One remedy cured. She finally perished with pneumonia a number of years after the cure of the cancer.

Case 4: Fungus Hematodes of the Forehead — A little, slender, shrivelled, feeble old woman, with trembling voice, was referred to me by her physician, who expected me to excise a cancer from her forehead. It was an open sore with regular edges, which had started from the bone, situated slightly to the right of the centre of the forehead, measuring two inches vertically and an inch and a half laterally, and presenting a corrugated surface which was suffused with dark, grumous blood and pus, and which bled freely under slight provocation. She complained of boring, tearing, burning pains in the affected part.

The patient’s figure, the location of the neoplasm, the character of the pains in it and its disposition to bleed, all pointed to phosphorus. The well known ability of phosphorus to disorganize bone and its reputation in the treatment of fungus hematodes corroborated the choice. The homoeopathic remedy was plainly indicated. This fact was explained to the patient, also the fact that the cancer was not a thing which could be cut away and thus end the trouble, but was the visible expression of a diseased organism, which would disappear as soon as the organism should be cured by the similar medicine, and not before. She gladly consented to have internal medication in place of local interference; and we went to work, February 9, 1897.

She took phosphorus, two hundredth centesimal potency, four times a day with little interruption for about one year. When improvement was well under way, medication was correspondingly abated. On two occasions, a change of symptoms and a lack of progress led to the temporary abandonment of phosphorus and the substitution of, first, hepar sulphuris calcarea, and, in the last instance, nitric acid; but each of these movements was soon found to be mistaken, and therefore, was stopped.

In September, 1898, she was discharged cured, the forehead being normal and her health in other respects good. The contest had lasted nineteen months. She remained well a number of years and then died of pneumonia.

About the author

Edmund Carleton

Edmund Carleton, M.D., graduated from New York Homeopathic Medical College in 1871. He was president of IHA in 1894. He was also the author of Homeopathy in Medicine and Surgery, published by Boericke & Tafel.


  • Cancer is the dreaded disease that needs more attention and to find cure by taking internal medicines … This article is, thus, very useful to all.

    • DEAR DR,

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