[*Read before the Bureau of Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, I.H.A July 3, 1953.]
I do not say that Nitric acid will cure cases of cancer of rectum. But, in view of two or three of some of my recent cases, it offers good possibilities and especially so when used in conjunction with other remedies that are indicated on the basis of the individuals symptoms.
This is one of the most wretched diseases known to mankind and one that we meet far too often in our practice. It is very sneaking and can often go unnoticed, even in a case of constipation, rectal pain, hemorrhoids, diarrhoea, or unaccounted for hemorrhages. Surgery is always too late for cancer. If I suspect in the least that one such case is in the making I refer it to a proctologist immediately.
The description of the growth often helps to select the remedy. For instance, in one case it represented finger – like bleeding excrescences almost obstructing the rectum. Nitric acid suited this condition, as well as the general demeanor of the patient. Case is doing nicely with an occasional dose of intercurrent Sepia and looks better, feels better. No colostomy as yet three months after the proctologist recommended it.
Another case: A man already had had his colostomy, was in excruciating pain, metastasis had already spread to the prostate. Thuja helped this case after Nitric acid. Six months after surgery the patient was referred to the original surgeon for a check up and he actually found the opening from the colostomy to the rectum more patent. Yet he refused to budge from his stand that the patient cannot get well.
Well, who knows, may be he wont. The patient thus far is free from pain in the rectum and is passing material from the lower rectal segment. That is a help. At least we are trying to do something for this poor man. That is more than the surgeon did who pinned a fatal prognosis on him and did nothing more after surgery.