Hope4Cancer Patient’s Doctors Amazed as Her Cancer Disappears Without A Trace
UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE (OCTOBER 1, 2017). This month marks five years since Rivi’s original diagnosis, and four years since she was declared cancer-free. Her latest MRI in August 2017 continues to give her a clean bill of health – no signs of any cancer whatsoever. Rivi continues to enjoy a high quality of life, but strictly adheres to the recommendations she received at Hope4Cancer. She regularly visits us every year for evaluations. Way to go, Rivi!
[2013 ARTICLE] Rivi Litvin walked out of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on a fine October day in 2013 feeling a sense of elation she had not felt in a long time. Her doctor had effectively told her that they could not detect any cancer left in her body.
Just about a year ago, she experienced the diametrically opposite feeling. She got the shock of her life to see her urine turn orange. Initially she thought it might have been something she had eaten. But she realized there was something wrong when it was accompanied with severe abdominal pains, nausea and jaundice that continued unabated for 2-1/2 weeks. Her doctor suspected a gallbladder issue, and advised follow up. Soon after Rivi was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital, the doctors discovered that she had cancer – whether it was pancreatic or bile duct cancer, or both, was really a medical call that the could not clearly answer.
Pancreatic cancer has a very poor prognosis. It usually grows asymptomatically, and by the time patients find out, it is usually at a very advanced state. The pancreas is an essential organ that secretes enzymes needed to digest food and protect the body. In addition to that, pancreatic cancer can spread locally to other susceptible organs, and further metastasize quite rapidly. Bile Duct Cancer, also known as cholangiocarcinoma, is also an extremely dangerous type of cancer because of the proximity and connection of the bile duct to key digestive system organs and the pancreas. Even the local spread of the cancer can have devastating consequences.
The Conventional Approach
The Whipple Procedure
Four days later, Rivi was lying on an operating table as she awaited the Whipple operation, a procedure that involves removal of parts of her intestine, one-third of her pancreas, her gallbladder, the bile duct and a small part of her liver. The 10-1/2 hour long surgery ended successfully without complications.
The Cancer Returns
At the end of the surgery, Rivi was told that they had taken out all the cancer. She was recommended chemotherapy and radiation. But Rivi had done her research about the toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and she wanted to have nothing to do with them. In a short period of 4 months, the cancer was back.
“You Have 6 Months to A Year to Live”
The cancer had metastasized, there were now two new tumors in the liver. The doctors gave her 6 months to a year to live. Rivi refused chemotherapy again, knowing that there had to be better options.
At this time, Rivi decided it was time to look into alternative medicine. Her doctors respected her desire to seek alternative therapies, and did not discourage her from seeking additional treatments. They knew in their hearts that the chemo and radiation treatments from here forward would at best be palliative in nature.
Choosing An Alternative Cancer Clinic
Rivi was not willing to succumb to her death sentence. She was committed to find the best alternative cancer treatment center that would meet her treatment needs. She looked at several clinics including three clinics in Mexico and one clinic in Germany. She spoke to the medical leadership of all the clinics to get a good “feel” for how they operated. The person who clearly stood out in the crowd was Dr. Antonio Jimenez, M.D., Medical Director of Hope4Cancer Institute.
“When I spoke to Dr. Jimenez (and we spoke for well over an hour!), I was struck by how thorough he was and I was most impressed with how many different therapies he offered,” said Rivi. “He offered many more than the others and he is well-known for his research. I learned that he is a frequent speaker at many medical conventions for the pioneering work that he is doing in his clinic.”
When she spoke with the other Mexican clinics that she had been considering, she was shocked that they both recommended chemotherapy along with the alternative treatments. This made absolutely no sense to her. The fact that Dr. Jimenez had absolute confidence in his non-toxic treatment protocols became another key deciding factor for her to favor Hope4Cancer Institute as her destination of choice.
Rivi was very happy that she would not need chemo for her therapy. She says:
“The chemicals they pump into you are corrosive. People should consider doing anything else before they do that.”
Rivi did not waste any time. Along with her supportive daughter, Tova, she made her way to the Hope4Cancer Institute in Baja California.
About Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic cancer starts in the tissues of the pancreas, an essential organ that is found in the abdominal cavity behind the stomach. The pancreas releases enzymes that help digest food, and hormones that regulate important aspects of body function, such as regulation of blood sugar levels. For most patients, pancreatic cancer remains undetectable until it has spread to nearby organs and the symptoms become more obvious. Because of its ability to affect vital organs, pancreatic cancer is extremely dangerous. According to the American Cancer Society, the one year relative survival rate for all stages combined is 20% and the 5-year relative survival rate is 7%.
About Bile Duct Cancer. Bile Duct Cancer (or cholangiocarcinoma) arises in the tissues of the bile duct. The bile duct is a thin tube, 4 to 5 inches long, that connects the liver to the small intestine in an extremely sensitive part of the digestive system. Typically the part of the tube that connects to the liver is where most of these cancers arise. The tumor typically finds root in the mucus glands that line the inside of the bile duct (a type of adenocarcinoma).
Cholangiocarcinoma is fairly rare and approximately 2500 new cases are reported each year. However, there is evidence that its incidence is growing. This cancer is lethal. According to national statistics in the United States. When localized in the bile duct, the 5-year survival rate, even for localized cancers, is a poor 30% for extrahepatic (growth in duct outside liver) and an even worse 15% for intrahepatic (growth in the duct within the liver) bile duct cancer. However, in most cases, bile duct cancer is detected only after it has spread to other organs. For these patients, the 5 year survival rate is a dismal 2%, making it a veritable death sentence. Rivi’s case fell in the latter category.
Hope4Cancer Treatments Start Working
A majority of Hope4Cancer’s patients approach the clinic once they have exhausted their conventional options. For them, the urgency of detoxifying their body from the treatments becomes as important as treating the cancer. For Rivi, thankfully, that was not the case. That being said, she was still up against a formidable enemy.
Rivi was admitted to Hope4Cancer in April 2013. An initial Color Doppler Ultrasound revealed a solid tumor in the left side of the liver with hypervascular blood flow and measuring 5.6 cm x 3.1 cm. Her earlier CT scan had shown two lesions in the liver. Having emerged within a few short weeks after surgery, it was clear that these tumors were aggressive and resilient.
Rivi’s 2-week treatment program included the following major treatments: Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy, Vitamin C IV Therapy, B-17 Laetrile Therapy, Hyperthermia (Regional and Whole Body), Near Infra Red Light Therapy, Ondamed energy medicine, Pulsating Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy, Coffee Enema, nutrition and targeted supplements.
In just two weeks, her liver lesion had the same dimensions, but showed a 40% decrease in blood flow, a positive indication that the treatments were doing their work.
Hope4Cancer’s Free Return-to-Clinic Program
Rivi continued her treatments at home. She also took advantage of Hope4Cancer’s free quarterly medical follow up program. During her 2-day trip in June 2013, the color Doppler ultrasound showed a further reduction of 20% in the liver tumor’s blood flow.
On her second follow up trip in August 2013 she received even better news. Her liver tumor area now showed completely normal blood flow, essentially behaving like normal liver tissue.
Cedars-Sinai Hospital Confirms Findings
In October 2013, exactly 6 months after she was told that she had 6 months to a year to live, Rivi’s doctors at Cedars-Sinai did a full investigation. After a CT scan, an MRI and repeated reviews the incredulous medical team concluded that they could not find a trace of the cancer, that there was “no evidence of cancer of any kind”. They told Rivi to continue doing whatever she was doing!
Rivi knows that she cannot get complacent and needs to continue her treatments to ensure that the cancer stays away. She and her family are understandably beyond excited and have expressed their gratitude to Dr. Jimenez and his Hope4Cancer team. They are looking for ways to give back to other fellow cancer patients – to let them know that highly effective options other than conventional medicine do exist that will work even when all other hope seems to have faded.
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