“Your lives are going to change forever,” the Urologist told us after removing a golf ball sized tumor from my wife’s bladder. “The cancer has spread into the muscle wall and the only course of action is to remove the bladder. We will have to attach a tube to the kidneys that comes out the side of her body and drains into a bag that she will wear for the rest of her life, much like a colostomy bag. The other option would be to create a neo bladder out of intestinal material, but that has more drawbacks.”
We went home and digested what we had been told. New levels of shock and fear descended upon us as we tried to cope with the news. My wife is only 53, how is this possible?
As we spoke with family, we were reminded that Kerry’s (my wife) sister and nephew had travelled to Germany to treat their cancer naturopathically, both successfully without surgery or chemotherapy; one stage 4 Melanoma and the other stage 3 squamous cell throat cancer. They had been cancer free for 4 and 3 years respectively.
When we met with our USC Keck Medicine Urologist and asked him about this alternative, he looked us straight in the eye and said, “There is NO way you could deal with this cancer over there. The type of cancer you have is squamous cell and it is FAR to aggressive.”