Breast Cancer News Weekly Posted an Article about my Story!

In April 2016 the Internet Breast Cancer Blog, Breast Cancer News Weekly, posted an article about my story using Cryoablation to treat my breast Cancer AND about my upcoming talk at the 16th Forum on Cryoablation and Stem Cell Therapy coming up at Fuda Hospital in Guangzhou, China.
Here is the link:

https://breastcancer-news.com/2016/03/29/breast-cancer-story/

Book being Published in China-In Chinese!!

It’s not everyday that your book gets translated and published in another language, let alone Chinese, but that’s what’s happening to the book we co-authored with Dr. Peter Littrup on my experience being a patient pioneer using cryoablation (freezing) to save my breast. The part the Chinese are publishing is about our experience in China at Fuda Hospital in Guangzhou where we got some innovative immunotherapy treatment last year.

I was invited by the Chinese to be a presenter at a Writer’s Forum in August but was unable to go as I have an exhibit of my paintings opening at Froelick Gallery (Portland, Oregon) in September.

So Alex and I created this 12 minute video to send instead.
We just posted our video on YouTube. Please take a look, especially if you are interested in innovative, body-part conserving, immunity giving cancer treatment. Here’s the link:

https://youtu.be/OsZr7cVCC8E

David’s Latest post

Fe’s husband David has bee wanting to write a post ever since her unexpected death last fall. Understandably he was unable to right away but has now felt the time is right and has given me a wonderful post to add . I’ll post it now with one of my own soon to follow:
DAVID’S POST:
Update: First of all I apologize for the overdue nature of this update. I have been having a rough go and this got left in the back of my mind when it really shouldn’t have. I’m so grateful for all the support we have received and again I am sorry for the delay.

Regrettably on November 13, 2014 Fe passed away from her Cancer. Fe was scheduled to return to Fuda in October however Tumors growing around and on the Pancreas had put her in too weak of a condition to travel.

In Canada we wanted to do local regional Hypothermia but she was too weak to even travel the four hours to receive it. I would like to use this as an opportunity to thank Dr. Matthew Pyatt in Calgary, Alberta for his willingness to fit her in to his schedule despite being fully booked. The doctor was willing but Fe was too weak to travel. Based on reviews of the clinic and talking with him Fe would have been in very good hands!

Regretably Fe’s Canadian Oncolgist had dumped her as a patient on the basis that previous Canadian protocols had not been followed ( Full scale Chemotherapy, Tamoxifen, etc. ). Fe’s request to receive TDM1 Chemotherapy in Canada was denied based on her unwillingness to try Canadian protocols. We were hoping TDM1 would have bought her time and reduced the Tumors to a point where she would be able to travel. It was not meant to be.

On November 12, 2014 we had a skype appointment with Dr. Mark Rosenberg from Florida and we were looking forward to doing treatments in Canada under his guidance. It was our hope that these treatments would make her strong enough to travel to Florida to receive full Cancer treatments. We were hoping that by combining both Dr. Rosenberg’s innovative therapies and Fudas condiderable skill with Cryosurgery that Fe could have lived a somewhat normal life with cancer. Thats was the goal, to have her live with Cancer as a chronic disease instead of a fatal one. Unfortunatly we were too late.

I would like to thank Fuda for working as hard as they did to achieve their goal which is to extend life and quality of life. Fe loved the doctors at Fuda and was impressed with their knowledge, passion, and skill. Fuda helped to make the last couple years of her life comfortable and in fact during this time most people could not tell she even had Cancer. At one point in 2013 she had managed to get rid of her Bone, Breast, Liver, Lymph Node Cancer to the point where the Canadian Pet Scan showed her as being pretty much Cancer Free! I have my serious doubts that Canadian Cancer Protocols could have achieved this level of success however I am not a Oncologist so I am just basing this off of my general knowledge. This is not at all to imply that you should not listen to your Oncolgist.

A special Thank You to Laura for travelling to China with Fe to cover her story. Her passion to bring Crosurgery awareness to woman truly speaks to what an amazing person she is.

Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for Fe. Without you none of this would have been possible. For all the sadness in the world it is so heartening that there are people out there who care!
David

“Time for Cryoablation to Replace the Mastectomy” Speech given at the 3rd International Forum on Cancer, Guangzhou China 2014

This is the speech I gave at the 3rd Annual International Forum on Cancer in Guangzhou, China in Aug. 2014. The speech is titled “Time for Cryoablation to replace the Mastectomy”.

International Press Conference

Here is the link for my answers to the international press concerning my experience with cryoablation and breast cancer, given at the 3rd International Forum on Cancer, held at Fuda Hospital, Guangzhou China 2014

 

Presentation at the 3rd Annual Cryoablation and Stem Cell Research Cancer Conference held in Guangzhou China. Aug 2014

Laura Ross-Paul Fuda Talk 2014

Video presentation of my talk at Fuda “Time for Cryoablation to replace the Mastectomy”

Post Holiday – A Hospital Tour

Post Holiday Review
Fuda Hospital Tour

Now that Louie and I are back from China, reunited with our family, with Christmas behind us, I have a chance to continue with my reflections on Fuda Hospital. I want to reconstruct the order it occurred and what my impressions were. After things started happening quickly, especially after Dr. Littrup arrived, I didn’t have time to stay caught up with my blog entries as they were happening in real time. Hopefully my memory and notes should assist me. Dr. Littrup (“Dr. Peter”) just sent a hundred and fifty seven of his excellent photos so that will facilitate.

The morning after our outing into Guangzhou with Segundo and Mr. Chang, we were promised a visit with Dr. Xu, Fuda’s acting President. But it turned out he was busy with a visitor so we were offered a tour of the new Fuda Cancer Hospital, where we were staying. Our tour guide was Tracy, a Chinese English interrupter and member of the planning department. It turns out this was Tracy’s first such opportunity to interpret with a westerner, and she was a little nervous, but Louie and I never would have known it. When we asked her Chinese name we were told it sounds like “Tracy” in English so that’s what we called her. She had graduated from her university only a year ago. This was her first post studies job. Over the next few days Tracy was the one to help coordinate our activities and transportation and we grew very fond of her gentle, quiet intelligence, grace and charm.

Accompanying Tracy on our tour was Peng Ximei, an ex-patient who lives at the hospital and who acts as a wellness ambassador, encouraging patients by sharing her incredible story of being healed through Dr. Xu’s efforts. Her story is featured in the book, ”Nothing but the Truth”, written by Dr. Xu and given to all new patients. Ximei is one of dozen’s of patients stories in this book. Her story is very dramatic as she was literary taken from a homeless state, off the streets, and cured from ovarian cancer, her watermelon-sized tumor successfully removed by Dr.Xu’s surgical team and her costs paid for by the donations of hospital personal and fellow patient. No one being treated at Fuda could have it worse and being able to be encouraged by Ximei must surely be a tremendous uplifting experience for any new patient. More stories and healing philosophies in Dr Xu’s book set a tone that Fuda is a place where cancer can be successfully treated.

Louie and my room at Fuda was a typical patient room with two hospital beds, a large window letting in plenty of natural daylight, and a marble lined, modern bathroom. We were in a wing that housed traditional Chinese medicine and our tour began by allowing us to view treatments of acupuncture and massage going on. The patients having treatments where both nurses. Staff, family members as well as Fuda patients are all encouraged to use the traditional Chinese medicine treatments to supplement their allopathic cures. One nurse had stained her shoulder (massage) and another had sprained her ankle (acupuncture).

As we walked down a light-filled stairway I mentioned how beautiful and light the hospital seemed to be. The surfaces were light and reflective, the light mostly brought in by large windows at either end of the hallways and light-filled open stairways at the intersections of corridors. Besides the clean, shiny décor, there was personality aplenty. Each ward had a large bulletin board that held photos a healed and successfully treated patients, along with their thank notes. Across from each nurses’ station photos of the nursing staff was aesthetically arranged along with names and training information. What impressed me the most were the information bulletin boards that held information about treatment modalities-how treatments worked to cure cancer. An English speaking nurse explained that these were changed weekly, after the weekly patient/nurse group meeting where a new subject is brought up to be discussed and educated about. I was beginning to get the idea that a philosophy at Fuda is that the more a patient understands about what is going on with their healing, the better they heal. They were certainly being encouraged to find out as much as they can to empower them that what they are doing works. But it wasn’t just scientific, medical information adoring the halls.
My favorite part of the Fuda interior landscape were the inspirational sayings found everywhere that gave philosophical inspirations. My favorite was the “Philosophy of Life” poster outside Fe’s room. It read:

-“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also the overcoming of it. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also the overcoming of it”.

-“Rejoicing in hope/patient in tribulation”

-“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing…the freedom to choose his attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

-“A strong man struggles with fate”

-“A light heart lives long”

There were three types of patient rooms available; a suite with a separate bedroom and bathroom for family members, a two bed room, designed for the patient and able to house a family member, and a four bed ward. Each had a different price tag running from the suites for around $420 to the four-ward bed for around $40 a day. I was told patients had complained about the high-end price so a committee had formed and met and it was decided to give a price decrease the following year. (!!!). At the end of the ward was a gym for anyone, patient, family member or staff, who wanted to use it. In the middle of the ward was a room containing a washer and dryer, computer and desk, chairs and a television. I was told of a larger laundry unit as well as a family kitchen for those who wanted to cook for themselves, one floor up.

Finally we got to the end of the ward where I got my biggest surprise as the how this hospital was different. First there was a lounge where comfortable seating was laid out in front of a desk where an interpreter was stationed. This was a wing dedicated to Islamic patients and I was told from 8am to midnight an interpreter was available to who ever needed their services. Across from this station was a double office offering the services of a nutrition doctor whose’ job was to educate patients and family members about food’s important role in healing and health, and to conduct educational meetings about nutrition for all on the ward. Next to his office was a Dr. of Psychology whose job was to listen to and help any patient, family member or staff person who may have an issue. When I asked for an example, I was told about a patient who developed paranoia when hearing a knock on the door, nervous about what the treatment might be that followed. He was taught how to train his expectation pathways to anticipate a positive experience. A nurse had recently come by to work through on the job fatigue. A family member was taught how to effectively give support. Wow! I can’t ever recall such easily available services when going through treatment, although I did have a patient advocate nurse I often worked with.

My final observation came from my nose. Nothing at Fuda smelled hospital-like. When I saw a cleaning person I asked what was being used. As best as they could describe it, I was told that it was all natural ingredients and wouldn’t harm a patient but was an effective cleaner.

By now it was lunchtime. I’ll finish my afternoon tour tomorrow.

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Cryo-awareness in England

A friend just sent me this following article from a British Newspaper, “The Daily Mail”:

Pioneering breast cancer treatment freezes tumours into a ball of ice which kills harmful tissue
• Needle cooled to -170C with liquid nitrogen repeatedly inserted into cancerous tissue
• Device turns cancerous tumour into ‘ball of ice’
• Technique developed by Israel-based firm could be completed in 15 minutes without need for surgery
• Cryoablation could one day be used to treat kidney, prostate and liver cancer
By SHARI MILLER
PUBLISHED: 06:44 EST, 9 December 2012 | UPDATED: 07:30 EST, 9 December 2012

Surgery may soon be a thing of the past for breast cancer patients, thanks to a new technique that destroys tumours by freezing them.
A supercooled needle tip is repeatedly inserted into the cancerous tissue to turn it into a ball of ice, before it is then defrosted, leaving the tumour damaged.
Not requiring anaesthetic, the technique can be completed in about 15 minutes and could provide a better alternative to the current method of surgery, which requires women to stay in hospital for up to a week and can leave scars.

Putting the freeze on cancer: Using a supercooled needle, cryoablation turns tumours into a ball of ice
Thirty breast cancer patients are currently trialling the system, which uses a needle cooled to -170C (-274F) by pumping liquid nitrogen through a network of tiny tubes.
The surgeon can control the size of the ice ball produced to ensure it freezes the entire tumour in a procedure known as cryoablation.

More…
• Grandmother loses breast after private clinic fails to pass on vital scan results… but she can’t sue because one of the doctors was uninsured
• ‘I am having surgery this week’: Brandi Glanville reveals that she is going under the knife after doctors find a tumor on her breast
• Breakthrough drug gives women with aggressive form of breast cancer six months longer to live without condition worsening
Scientists from the Israel-based company IceCure Medical, which developed the device, say it could be used on cancerous masses up to the size of a golf ball.

Cancer hope: IceCure Medical chief executive Hezi Himelfarb
‘There have been attempts before to use heat to destroy cancer cells like this, but that can be extremely painful because our bodies are very sensitive to heat,’ chief executive Hezi Himmelfarb told The Sunday Telegraph.
‘Cold has an anaesthetising effect, so the patients feel very little pain during or after the procedure.
‘We have developed the system so it can be carried out in a normal doctors’ surgery as it is minimally invasive and relatively quick.’
The device could help some of the 50,000 women annually diagnosed in the UK with breast cancer.
Each year, around 39,000 lumpectomies are carried out, which involves the surgical removal of a lump from the breast.
One in five women need further surgery after a lumpectomy, because not all the cancerous tissue is removed.
The device has already been approved for use in the United States and IceCure is hopeful of getting European approval next year.
Scientists believe cryoablation could also be used to treat kidney, prostate and liver cancer.

Supercool: The needle is cooled to -170C with liquid nitrogen and inserted repeatedly into the tumour

The technique could help the nearly 50,000 women diagnosed each year with

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2245340/Pioneering-breast-cancer-treatment-turns-tumours-ball-ice-kills-harmful-tissue.html#ixzz2FrUt8Rk7
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Christmas Message, Post-China, to our Donors

Hello and Merry Christmas to my wonderful Donors-

The bags are still being unpacked and Christmas is about to happen, but I wanted to get this quick note off to our generous donors who helped get Louie and I to Fuda Hospital in Guangzhou China.

We had an amazing trip which reached well beyond our expectations with what we discovered and we pledge we will do our best to spread the information to the world.

Using Fe, the brave woman I went to help nurse during treatment, as our focus, we studied the approach to treating late stage cancer to see why Fuda’s methods are so successful. Then, we attended a conference at Fuda which featured the world’s leading experts regarding the latest developments in cancer treatment using cryoablation and related modalities.

I now have complete confidence in recommending Fuda when women ask through our website where to get cryoablation treatment for breast cancer.

Louie is editing his film footage for u-tube. I’ll notify you when it can be seen at keepingthem.com so you can be the first to see it! I

If you go to my blog at keepingthem.com, check out the picture of Fe and the happy look on her face. She is now done with her cryoablation and is receiving radiation and blood immune therapy. She arrived at Fuda with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and will soon be discharged with cancer in remission and… her breasts!

While her advanced stage treatment was very expensive to pay out of pocket, over $100,000, we discovered that cryoablation for simpler, early stage breast cancer costs approximately $10,000. Truly a Christmas miracle! Merry Christmas!!
Laura (Lori), Louie and Alex Paul

Your contribution has made a big difference in our effort to get positive change in the US by spreading information regarding this amazing cancer cure.

12.15.12 Play Day

12.15.12
Sunday Play Day

Dr. Xu generously arranged for Louie and I to see some sights of the city with Segundo and driver Mr. Chen as our tour guides. At lunch yesterday DR. Xu asked what I might be interested in and had a program was laid out for us. I told him I liked parks, nature and art so that’s where we started, The large city park that contains a huge statues of the Five goats, a very famous monument in Guangzhou. (Guangzhou means “goats” so at one time it must have been the place a lot of goats came from). As well as the huge goat statue at the top of a hill, there was a five-story fort and the original standing wall of the city. The fort contained a very interesting museum with art and artifacts dating from very old to the time of Mao Zedong. A gorgeous city view waited at the top balcony.

The park itself was just what I wanted to experience because parks tell a lot about a city. This was beautifully designed and laid out and was jammed with both locals and tourists, many from the Middle East. Some of the fauna was off limits and posted as such, but much of it was designed to invite visitors in to embed among the plants. There were a lot of older people going Chi Gong exercises, something I’d only seen in television programs on China, but here it was, in the real!

Segundo is a 25 year old Filipino whose job at Fuda is to coordinate patients coming from the Filipinas. He has a huge friendly grin. He’s the type of personality every guy would like for his best friend and every girl would want for a boyfriend. He and driver Mr. Chen accompanied us first to the park, then to a recommended Thai restaurant in the main shopping district.. After a delicious lunch, where I worked on my chop-stick skills, we were off to shop for Christmas gifts!

Just in case my family back home is reading my blog, I’m going to decline to tell what we bought except to say, for my daughter, we went into a store that contained about 20 small closet size pocket venders who offered every kind of trendy young woman outfit and accessories imaginable. For an American, the prices were lower than reasonable. We quickly became over whelmed!!

Down the center walkway of the outdoor mall large glass coverings allowed visual access to the original main roadway of Guangzhou. The Chinese are very proud of their heritage and looking down on the ancient patterned stones making up the roadway was just as popular as going into the inviting shops lining the main mall walkway. The press of the crowd began to tire us out. We were ready for our next major treat.

It would seem that Segundo had figured out the best place in Guangzhou to get a really great, authentic Chinese massage. Down what appeared to Louie and I to look like a back ally we found our destination: “Late night Massage”. Up a steep grand stairway, through a bar, restaurant entrance, into some bamboo decorated back rooms dominated by four huge lounge chairs and a flat screen TV. We were invited to sit in one while Segundo and Chen negotiated the financial terms of what we were about experience.

Soon entered four young women attired in athletic polo shirts and stretch pants. They pulled back the tops of our foot rest to reveal rectangular tubs which were first lined with thin plastic liners, then filled with very hot water and large herb filled “tea” bags. First our feet were soaked while our masseuses began massaging our knees and thighs., next our now softened and clean feet. So began our “three hour “ massage!! My practitioner, “#58”, had the strongest fingers imaginable!! They worked my acupuncture meridians and boy could she find the spots!! Her technique was so accomplished I had to keep opening my eyes to see how she was doing it. That’s how I discovered she was often texting on her phone as she worked my meridian lines!! I quickly melted into a pile of bones and flesh that she could push and pull however she wanted. Discovering I was flexible she began sitting on me and pulling various appendages to their full range of motion. Before I knew it, she was totally sitting on me and working me with elbows or even feet. I looked over to Louie next to me and saw his masseuse totally walking up and down his spine!! It’s a good thing they gave use strong herbal tea when finished. We were so wiped out we could hardly make it back to the van.

But it was a good thing we did! A very delicious Chinese dinner awaited us at a restaurant down the street, filled with families on a Sunday meal out. Our soon to be meal greeted us in fish tanks as we entered. The Chinese seem to believe they would be cheating you were they not to include the head with the meat dish you order, (if it’s small enough to fit on the plate). They also believe in mixing meats at the same meal. At this one we were treated to fish, a small duck, and beef, all coming with various vegetables. But first there was a salty and delicious clear-ish soup with a big hunk of pig in it. A most scrumptious and interesting tasting herb tea accompanied our meal. The first mix of herbs and water is used to wash the small teapot with the first tea thrown out into a porcelain dish through a cover with holes in it. The tea is served in tiny cups and Mr. Chen made sure ours were always full with a fresh hot supply. It truly made the food go down easier. The Chinese don’t usually include sweets or stimulates with their meals. But a cool Chinese beer perfectly hit the spot.

Cultural note:
At most toilets, which are in the ground and needed to be squatted over, the user needs to provide their own toilet paper. Most people carry small Kleenex packs with them. Ditto with napkins. A nice restaurant might provide you with a small Kleenex, but it’s often required you supply your own.

Both Louie and I practically crawled into bed when we made it back to the hospital.. We couldn’t decide if we felt more like we’d had a strenuous workout or were just totally wiped out. Either way it led to my first really solid night’s sleep since arriving here!!