Sorry for the delay in replying about the Avastin causing more tumors. For some reason, I can't get that posting to accept this reply to SteveMPFP so I'll start a new thread. First, an update...
I've decided to go off of chemo until Jan 7. The Avastin was making me have chemo brain and neuropathy and I decided I simply don't want to live that way. Plus, this recent information out about Avastin promoting the formation of new, "satellite" tumors really hit home. While I was pleased that the Avastin took care of my swelling, I did, indeed, get a new tumor while on it. I told my new NO that we have never really given the supplements, especially the CO (cannabis oils), a fair chance because I've always been on a chemo at the same time. Avastin, for example, somewhat shuts down the blood brain barrier as these publications attest. He agreed I could give the supplements and CO a fair shot. It's a bit scary.
He wants me to consider Optune, the non-chemical therapy that sends electrical fields into the brain. For those who are new to this, these fields interrupt cell division by forcing the cells' microtubule subunits to align to the electrical grid and since it's only tumor cells that are dividing, the normal brain cells are unaffected, so the theory goes. I have already started the process of getting approved.
But a thought occurs...would Optune not also interfere with supplements? If they cross the blood brain barrier in any sort of a polar form, with any sort of an ionic bent or even an R-group that is even slightly positive or negative, wouldn't the molecules' conformation be affected by an electrical field just like the cells' microtubules are? Your thoughts?