Exploring options to exploratory surgery
I have never carried a discussion of a letter beyond the original reply but a recent correspondence with one reader related a story so outrageous that I feel a follow-up is essential.
The patient’s initial complaint (outlined in the letter “Taking the hype out of hypoglycemia” in the November issue) was hypoglycemia of such a severe nature that she was nearly incapacitated unless she ate constantly. I suggested that aspartame might be the hidden culprit. But I received the following response from the unfortunate patient’s son:
“Dear Dr. Douglass,
Thank you kindly for your attention to our letter. You asked some questions in your reply that I would like to address…
My mother has never knowingly ingested aspartame. She had CAT scans and MRIs, which revealed nothing. The doctors postulated a cancer so small that it was undetectable but that would soon rapidly expand in size if not removed. After the majority of her pancreas had been removed and subsequently examined by pathology, it was declared that the insulin islets were oversized.’ She was also never informed of how debilitating a complete pancreatectomy is. Only later did she discover that the average life expectancy after complete removal is about five years
My sincerest apologies for not providing enough detail earlier.
–S.M. on behalf of K.M.”
This lady’s doctors certainly have a lot of explaining to do. Using the possibility of a microscopic cancer as an excuse for performing mutilating surgery is out and out quackery, in my opinion.
Did they bother doing an AMAS (anti-malignin antibody screen) of the blood to determine if there was cancer hiding in the body? Put simply, this test determines whether the patient has cancer somewhere in the body or nowhere in the body. It is a highly accurate screen for the presence of cancer but not specific to location.
I would be willing to bet $500 that the test was not done. I would be willing to bet another $500 that they have never even heard of the test. The AMAS is over 99 percent accurate, and I would be willing to bet yet another $500 that the test would be negative in this woman’s case, meaning that she does not have cancer anywhere.
The situation described in this letter-severe hypoglycemia and pancreatectomy- may seem out of the ordinary, but doctors and surgeons steamrolling patients into unnecessary and debilitating “exploratory” cancer surgery of all sorts is, unfortunately, all too common.
If this has happened to you, I recommend obtaining a complete pathology report on the removed organs and having an AMAS test done. To learn more about this valuable screening tool, visit www.amascancertest.com.