CASE XIII.- Cancer of Right Breast; Removal; Recurrence in Left Breast.
The next case I have to relate also exemplifies the action of cancer nosodes and other homoeopathic remedies in the post operation stage of cancer. The patient, who came to me in September 1901 had had her right breast removed on July of the previous year. I will give the details of the case presently, but I may point our beforehand that it exemplifies a number of the cardinal notes of the cancer diathesis. It will also be see now closely these correspond with some of the leading features of Hahnemann’s Psora.
Especially there was the sinking sensation from 10 to 11 A.M.; obstinate constipation; soreness of the commissures of the mouth; nervousness; neuralgias, and rheumatic symptoms.
It will be seen, too, how the antipsorics work in with the cancer nosodes, and are complementary to and compatible with them.
Especially I would call attention to the complementary relation of Nat mur, to the cancer nosodes, and to the nosodes generally.
I will now give the details of the case; and though the treatment was very prolonged, I think my medical readers will prefer to have each step noted, rather than a condensed report.
Mrs B., 49, consulted me on September 11th, 1901. Two years before, her breast had been hurt by a dog jumping at her.
Nearly a year later (May 21 st, 1902 ) I heard a further piece or possible etiology in the case, which had better be mentioned here. A week before that date the patient’s right thumb had become very painful. On inquiring into the history of this I learned that the patient had had a gathered thumb two years before the breast became bad. It began soon after the death of one of her sons, who died of phthisis, aged 18. The thumb was lanced, and much “nasty stuff” came away. But the thumb remained very painful up to the time of the removal of the breast. From that time it was free from pain till the date mentioned. I refer to this as a possible “blood poisoning may have acted as the determining factor in the causation of cancer in this case. This occurred in the autumn of 1898. At Christmas 1899 the patient first noticed anything wrong with the breast. In July 1900 it was removed. For two years before the tumour was discovered, the patient had been out of health; very nervous; went cold and faint, then hot; inclined to be giddy. These symptoms were more marked a few months before the tumour was found.
The patient, who was of medium size, dark, rather florid, was subject to occipital headaches, but had been freer from them since the operation; she was also subject; to neuralgia in the face which kept her awake at nights. The commissures of the mouth were sore. This was the case before the operation, and had recurred recently. Appetite bad. Intolerance of eggs. When younger, used to have indigestion. No appetite for breakfast. Aversion to beef and mutton. Dislikes salt; is fond of ham and vinegar. She had sinking at the epigastrium from 10 to 11 A.M., and after tea. Had much flatus.
Abdominal organs normal. She was constipated, and always had been; she was in the habit of taking liquorice powder every other night. She had had three children, now aged 19, 20, and 23. The periods had always been excessive, lasting a week, and recurring every fourteen days. Used to have pain No leucorrhoea. With the second confinement had flooding, and after that inflammation of the womb from a chill. She nursed her first child three months. After the second confinement she was too ill to nurse. The third child she nursed eight months. Right breast removed in July 1900. Now she has sharp, shooting pains in left breast, and the breast is indurated.