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Lung 2

Lung Cancer – A CASE STUDY

Dr. Donato Perez Garcia

The patient was a 54 year old female with no history of smoking who complained of a chronic cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. There was a family history of lung cancer.

Diagnosis

Due to a viral illness, the patient had an X-ray performed, which showed lung densities. A follow up CT scan was ordered. The patient was diagnosed with metastatic non-small cell carcinoma Stage IV in December of 2001 but a copy of that report is not on hand. A CT scan from 1/8/02 shows numerous nodules within the lung and lesions on the liver and spleen with apparently in. One lymph node measured 7.4 x 10.2 mm. Her left 7th rib was fractured due to the amount and severity of coughing and supplemental oxygen was required 24 hours a day. She was told that she had nine months to live if she had no treatment and four months if she did follow standard care.

Initial Treatment

The patient was counseled to have palliative treatment of radiation and chemotherapy but refused and opted for alternative treatment.

IPT History

The patient first came to see Dr. Ayre to discuss IPT and received her first treatment 1/30/02. In total the patient had 76 reatments the last one on 6/16/03. A CT scan was performed on 2/25/02, which reported a decrease in all the liver metastases with no change in the pulmonary nodules. One of the largest liver lesions measured 5 x 5cm in the previous scan was down to 3.7x 3.5 cm. Her fractured rib showed signs of healing. She complained less of shortness of breath as well. An X-Ray from 3/14/02 showed an improvement of the lung metastases which a CT scan from 3/27/02 confirmed. A tumor in the right apex once measured 1.2 x 1.5 cm and had regressed to .8 x 1 cm. There was interval decrease in the liver metastases: the right posterior mass previously measured 3.7 x 3.5 cm and had shrunk to 2.6 x 3 cm. CT scans from 5/28/02 demonstrated “…interval improvement in metastatic disease of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.” On this scan, a previously identified ovarian cyst which once measured 6.7 cm x 8.7 cm had shrunk to 2.6 x 3.5 cm. The broken rib had also healed. The notes from Dr. Ayre reported good color and energy levels for the patient and she didn’t need supplemental oxygen any more. The patient was able to return to work full-time and went on holiday for a week. Her alkaline phosphatase levels, which were at 278 before her treatments, had fallen to 76. Treatments were cut back to one every three weeks in May of 2002 until a scan from 8/1/02 showed an increase in number and size of the pulmonary nodules but showed no change in liver or splenic lesions or no new ones. There was actually a decrease in size of the largest liver lesion. The treatments were increased to
once a week. The last report on a CT scan was from 2/11/03 and is not complete. There were blood tests done regularly up until June of 2003. The patient underwent almost twenty more treatments, even though there were no clinical signs of improvement.

Adjuvant Treatments

he patient changed her diet once IPT treatments and undertook a supplement regime. High dose Vitamin C and ozone treatments were administered as well.

The patient died 7/30/03.