Treating Adrenal Cancer with mitotane vs. diet and lifestyle

Answered on September 07, 2013
Created February 07, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Let me start by saying that I???m sure I could find this answer if I spent some time researching, but I feel the need to act quickly???

My 58 year old mother had a tumor removed (along with her kidney, slice of her liver, slice of her inferior vena cava and part of a rib) in November which was determined to be adrenal cancer. It was the size of a grapefruit, Stage 2, close but clean margins, VERY low grade.

University of Michigan has a cancer center that specializes in this type of cancer (although her surgeon and oncologist are at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center) and she sent all of her information to them for review. They have recommended 3 years of mitotane treatment to prevent recurrence (which has an almost 100% mortality rate). This morning she met with her oncologist who does not recommend the mitotane.

In addition, she has been given and is very interested in information about adopting a vegetarian / vegan lifestyle to prevent recurrence.

My question: Does anyone out there have any insight in to adrenal cancer? My feeling is she should be doing as much as she can to reduce her stress hormones (meditation, funny movies, walking, (retiring from work is already in the plans)), as well as eating ketogenic diet, and that the mitotane will do more harm than good. Please help me to understand what would be the best treatment for her to prevent this cancer from coming back.

Thank you for your help.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

my answer is really a question because my 40-years old cousin has the same situation. did you get any answers about to your question? thank you so much, best regards!

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