In writing this paper on the indications of ten remedies which are useful in treating cancer or malignant tumours, I must apologize for omitting many symptoms because of lack of time and space.
I shall try to point out two great polychrests in the treatment of cancer; and if I transgress, I do so only because, as a homoeopath. I maintain that we alone can cure the patient that has cancer. So I shall only indicate these remedies and you will have to seek the totality of the symptoms in your materia medica and your repertory. As for the other eight remedies, I shall give only the definite indication and the four key-note symptoms sensation, location, aggravation and amelioration.
This great polychrest was well described as a hieratic poison by Paracelsus, and its therapeutic action on malignant sores was pointed out by him. There is no doubt that the great master, Doctor Hahnemann, made a through proving of it on only the healthy human body and that he produced symptoms similar to malignant growths. There must be nervous restlessness. Dr. John H. Clarke compares it with the horse.
This is rather a mental restlessness, whereas Rhus tox. is more a muscular restlessness. There is a thirst for small quantities of water, often accompanied with psoric or scrofulous conditions; septic, destructive abscesses or ulcers, local or internal; and periodic, burning pain. According to Kent and Hering this remedy works on every tissue of the human body.
Argentum metallicum and Argentum nitricum.
Both these remedies are useful in treating cancer, but I shall write briefly only about Arg. nit. The location is in the throat, stomach or uterus, especially the os or cervix uteri. Arg. nit. is one of von Grauvogls hydrogenoid remedies. Warts, fungi, easy bleeding growths and ovarian tumors are special indications. Dr. E. Schlegel praises it in his work written in 1927. He had surprising success with it, using mostly the 3x, 6x and 30x, one drop in a spoonful of water, morning and evening. I have cured with it one uterine cancer, which was far advanced, besides many bleeding, suspicious-looking cervices.
Asterias rubens (Red Starfish).
According to Dr. Clarke, Hippocrates formerly made use of this remedy in uterine trouble. I have used it only for cancer of the breast. Dr. Nabel says that in treating painful breast cancers this is one of the most indicated and best remedies. It is useful in treating a hard, enlarged mammary, especially when the mammary is enlarged and more painful before the menses and there is a red spot which may suppurate and have an unusually offensive odor; and the axillary glands enlarge. It is especially useful in treating lymphatic fleshy persons with red faces, who make you think of their susceptibility to haemorrhage or apoplexy. I have had much success in using it for painful cancer on both sides, but it is recommended as being better for the left side.
Bellis perennis (The English Daisy).
When traumatism or a service cold and chill is the exciting cause, I give either ten drops of the tincture in one-third of a glass of water, mornings, or seven drops in the morning and the same again at two or three oclock in the afternoon. To give it late in the evening in material doses seems to make the patient restless and sleepless. (Cf. Dr. Burnetts book, Curability of Tumors, with Medicine, Chapter VI, page 100).
I have used this remedy for cancer of the stomach. In symptomatology it is a cross between Arsenicum and Bryonia, it has the derangement of the blood of Arsenicum and the low type cold, vomiting, and burning in the stomach and oesophagus. It is useful especially in treating old drunkards. The patient wants to be quiet and any motion aggravates, like Bryonia. I have used it mostly in the 12x, but sometimes in the 6x or 30x.
This remedy was added to the homoeopathic treasury of medicine by Dr. Ameke. It is the remedy most often useful for cancer of the liver. Dr. Eli Jones said this remedy should be remembered in treating cancer of the liver when that organ is much enlarged. The patient is cachectic; the skin is tawny; the conjunctiva of the eye yellow; the patient holds his hand over the liver because it hurts him to walk. Dr. Burnett and Dr. E. Schlegel recommended it and cured cases with it; so have I.
Here again we have a long, deep and slow acting remedy. It produces severe disturbances; many precancer symptoms; abscesses and ulcers of the skin and mucous membrane which are of a malignant nature. The pus is thick, yellow and burning; there is a sensation of hunger, a sinking in the stomach, an “all-gone” feeling, aching, but the patient cant eat or drink much; the liver is hypertrophied.
This remedy works more deeply on the liver than Carduus or Chelidonium; it works on the inner liver, as Dr. Burnett expressed it. It is useful for haemorrhoids, ulcers and fissures at the rectum, also uterus, bleeding and indurations of the cervix. Dr. Clarke says it has cured more cancers than any other remedy. I use mostly the tincture or the 2x, but I have used the 6x. Dr. Schlegel often used the 30x. We always find disturbances of the digestion as a prominent symptom. The tongue is yellow, coated on the back and center; the tip and sides are clear.
In cancer of the tongue, we have induration; knotted tumors which are prominent and can easily be felt; stinging pain. This remedy can improve the condition. It is recommended by B.C. Wood, Lilienthal and Hale if those symptoms are present.
This great antipsoric, antisycotic, antisyphilitic polychrest is useful wherever there is induration of tissue, if the patient is otherwise a Silicea patient. It is useful for treating corns, calluses, ingrown toe-nail, or tumors. Dr. E.G. Jones told me that if I had a patient with a hard mammary tumor in the left side, to think of Silicea; if the tumor were on the right side, to think of Conium or Calc. fluor. Dr. Hering recommended Silicea for induration of cellular tissue of the face, cancer of the lower lip, induration of the pylorus, and for a hard lump in the breast, especially near the nipple.
If we have an abscess, malignant or benign, we should think first of Silicea and should give it as long as suppuration exists. The modalities of Silicea are < at night, and generally during the new or full moon; > by heat; a footsweat has ceased or has been suppressed; the patient is very sensitive to slivers, has sliver pains and is afraid of slivers.
Dr. March used this medicine in his secret cancer remedy. Adolph Zeller also used it much. I have used it very successfully in one case of cancer at the pylorus, and many times in cancer of the breast.
This is a great constitutional remedy. Dr. Hahnemann considered it as a great remedy for the chronic ailments which follow gonorrhoea and those which follow vaccination; and a proving of Thuja produced very similar symptoms, which Hahnemann called sycosis. It was also one of Dr. von Grauvogls much used medicines which he called hydrogenoids. Thuja should be considered first wherever we have sycotic symptoms; warty growths; warty fungus growths; cauliflower, easy-bleeding growths in any location, but especially at the rectum or os uteri.
Thuja seems also to have a special action on both the male and female organs. Burnett Jones, Nebel and Emil Schlegel strongly recommended it, if apparently indicated remedies do not relieve and the patient has been vaccinated. Give Thuja 30x infrequently for about one month. I give one dose every other evening.
A young lady came to me with ugly wart in the palm of her hand; it looked like an epithelioma. Her father was an old school doctor. She had been vaccinated about seven months before. I gave Thuja 6x evenings. In about three weeks she became sick and had an eruption all over her body. I was called when she was almost recovered. My first diagnosis was that she had smallpox, but when I examined her carefully and saw that the growth in her hand was gone, I told her that she had not had smallpox, but that the eruption was caused by the medicine which had driven out the poison.
In April, 1936, a boy twelve years of age came to consult me. He was robust otherwise, but he had a hard tumor the size of a walnut in each breast. I asked him how long he had noticed the lumps. He said he had had them a little over a month. I asked if he had bruised himself and he said that he had not, so far as he knew. I then asked if he had been vaccinated for smallpox and he said that he had been, about a year before. I prescribed Thuja, two disks of number six, 30x, every other evening for one month. By June first he had improved so much was almost well; the lumps were hardly noticeable, so I told him to take a few more doses and then stop.
In Thuja the face is greasy; skin shiny; perspiration especially where the skin is not covered; eruption on the covered parts; much sensitiveness; nails soft, easily cracked, crippled, abdomen painful; the discharge is worse at night. This remedy has cured many ovarian tumors, especially when lift-sided.
Where inflammation and pain are prominent symptoms, or there is a far advanced, painful cancer in the last stage, this great anti-pain, antiseptic remedy should be used, especially when there is unbearable burning pain, and the abscess has a dark, black, leather-like appearance and surroundings. I have often used the 30x and it has relieved the pain to such an extent that I did not need to use any morphine; and sometimes it had a therapeutic influence.