“They’re Mine and I’m Keeping Them” is a story of innovation, courage, and triumph. Laura Ross-Paul is a well-known Northwest painter. A breast cancer diagnosis in 2003 left her with a mastectomy as her only medical option. Her artist’s appreciation of the human form’s beauty instilled a desire to keep her breast and treat her cancer if it was safe and medically possible.
This is the story of how she and her husband bucked the system and found Dr. Peter Littrup, a radiologist doing advanced research in the field of tumor freezing. Dr. Littrup performed cryo-ablation to freeze the tumors, making Laura the first woman in the United States to undergo cryo-ablation and avoid a mastectomy. The success of this collaboration, this book, and Laura’s subsequent internet activism to help other women receive this treatment have helped pave the way for the use of cryo-ablation for breast cancer which is now spreading across the country.
An unexpected but welcome result of tumor freezing using cryo-ablation is the “immune effect.” The body’s immune system is able to recognize the protein structure of the cancer cells when it cleans out the dead tissue, and in about half the cases of cryo-ablation, naturally creates an immunity to the cancer. The book also relates the success at FUDA Hospital in Guangzhou, China in treating a variety of Stage 4 cancers by combining cryo-ablation and advanced immune system therapies, which increase the frequency of the occurrence of the natural immune effect to approximately eighty percent or higher of the cases.
If you are exploring breast cancer treatment options for yourself or someone else, this is the definitive book on the subject of cryo-ablation. It is written in layman’s terms and is easy to understand, yet thanks to Dr. Littrup’s participation, it presents in detail the history, ongoing research, and advances around the world in the art of cryo-ablation.
The authors have been told that doctors are recommending this book to their patients who are inquiring about cryo-ablation because the book relates in detail how cryo-ablation works, what to expect during and after the procedure, and a variety of decisions that need to be made between the patient and their treating physician. The doctors want their patients to know about cryo-ablation, and they are finding that this book gets their patients up to speed so that they can make an informed decision about their treatment plan.
Cryo-ablation for breast cancer is not for everyone, and the book relates protocols that amplify the immune effect as well as other follow-up therapies that can actually hinder it. This is a life-changing decision for many women, and this book is an important guiding beacon written by the first woman in America to receive cryo-ablation, avoid a mastectomy, and then receive additional immune system stimulation in China.
Thanks to cryo-ablation and immune therapy, Laura has been cancer free since her treatment in 2003!