My work in cancer cases has been going on, each case being a challenge and each case proving to be a milestone. We experience unbelievable results, taking us to ecstasy and then the unrelenting march of the disease sends us to the very depths of depression. I must admit the latter more often than the former. However, continuous work in pursuit of facing the challenge has given me the opportunity to refine and redefine our tools.
I wish to narrate a case of Glioblastoma Multiforme. A lady 36 years old married, with 2 children, saw me in 2005. The first symptoms, headaches, recurrent and becoming more frequent and intense over a period of 2 to 3 months, finally led her to see a neurologist. Using MRI she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme.
The patient declined to have radiation that was suggested by her Oncologist.
The reason for bringing up this case, is that a rather unusual remedy came up which is not in my “favourite” list of “organ remedies”! For Gliomas and the like, I normally try to see if remedies like Baryta Carb, Plumbum Iodatum etc. would come up.
This case presented itself as a typical Calcarea Carb, constitutionally. Obese, chilly and laid back, but at the same time restless, impatient, impulsive, emotional, sentimental, fond of food and so on. Calc Carb actually led me to consider Calc Ars! One characteristic feature of the Calcarea Arsenicum is that they get headaches on the side not-lain-on. And this was present in this case. The reason that strengthened the selection, was that I have used it in innumerable cases of Epileptic Seizures and also seizures due to space occupying lesions.
Putting all this together, I ventured to use CalcareaArs 200c in “Plussing dose” for 1 week, alternating week with Carcinosin 200c.in plussing dose.
I continued with the same potency; each month the case was reviewed and the symptoms were dramatically getting better. By the end of three months she hardly had one or two bouts of headaches in a month, and they were very mild. At the end of three months she went for an MRI of the brain and the lesions were definitely better; some completely gone and most of them showed no increase.
From here I went on to the next higher Potency – Calcarea Ars 1m, but the Carcinosin would be the same 200c. After a 3 months period we saw further reduction. I continued the same remedy and potency for 3 more months. By the time we completed 1 year the MRI showed the lesions were 75 to 80% gone. The patient is in absolute comfort.
After 1 year has passed, I pushed up the potencies to Calcarea Arsenicum 10M and Carcinosin 1M – to be taken on alternate weeks in plussing dose, and this was done for 3 months.
After 1 year and 3 months I stopped the “plussing dose” and went on to Calcarea Ars 10M. Split dose (3 pills x 4 times in a day) for 1 day only. A month later Carcinosin 1m split dose (3 pills x 4 times for 1 day only). And this was continued alternate months for the next 1 year.
I stopped active prescribing by that time. We completed 2 ½ years.
Six months later the MRI was repeated and the findings were the same as last.
Very stable. Patient in good health. Now 5 years have passed.
This is once again a case to illustrate that seemingly unrelated to the pathology,
the remedy when properly matched, can bring about a cure. Ever since this case,
I include Calcarea Arsenicum as one of the “organ remedies” for Brain Tumors.