There has been increased interest in fasting and cancer lately. And people reaching out to me inquiring about my experience.
Allistair's earlier post had a link to a video where "experts" were asked about it and they reacted negatively without information and cautioned people that it's not advised. There are other experts, however, who are discovering there might be something to fasting and cancer.
There is emerging science regarding how fasting works to alter gene expression in the body and effecting immune response (favorable) against cancer.
The experts in the video were unaware of this new information:
Any time an "expert" claims to know something and render an opinion without actual experience or knowledge is doing a disservice to their patients. They should just say they don't know. Being cautious is fine. And doctors run liability risk if they venture outside established protocols. That is why I seek out researchers in the field on the leading edge not doctors who practice. Medical researchers learn first leading to establishing a new protocol before the general medical professional knows about it (such as treatment free remission - established. Lowering dose to manage side effects with increased response - established. Combining TKI's in certain cases for effective treatment - established).
On this forum, we get exposed to lots of ideas from our members where we scour for new information constantly. In many ways "we" are on the leading edge before our own doctors know about it. Caution is always advised when trying something new before it is established protocol. But following doctors advice blindly can be dangerous too.
I believe fasting has a chance at eradicating my CML stem cells. I believe that trying it is of little risk (downside: it may simply not work). I believe that if it doesn't work, I will still lose a few pounds, improve my glucose and metabolic profile, clean out old dead cells and be better for it anyway. In other words fasting is good for you as it has been practiced in religions around the world for thousands and thousands of years. I decided to apply a 3 day fasting regime twice a year aimed squarely at impacting my bone marrow to coax stem cell division - that's the theory based on experimental evidence. My personal experiment is that during re-population of blood cells that occur at the end of the fast my TKI (dasatnib) will attack the leukemic stem cell division and destroy them. Fasting impact on CML is my hypothesis. There is no evidence this will work. It seems reasonable to me to try. I will never know if it truly worked because I am already PCRU and when I stop dasatinib to test treatment free remission I may just remain CML free anyway. All I am doing is an attempt to increase the odds in my favor.
And lose a few pounds in the process!
Perhaps we'll see a clinical trial* where this approach is tested scientifically (rather than anecdotally as I am doing). But clinical trials need money - and there is no money to be made testing fasting. This is where a government funded trial can be of benefit.
(*There are a few clinical trials underway looking at fasting and cancer, but none looking at CML.)