[This is the second of a series of authentic cancer case reports presented under the heading: A New Lease on Life-W.E.J.].
Melanosarcoma, Grade 2 Malignancy.
On July 30, 1945, Mrs. E.L. McP., age 25, presented herself for examination and treatment. She was a well-nourished, healthy- appearing young woman, married, childless, extremely nervous and worried; upset mentally almost to the breaking point, weight 134 lbs., blood pressure 120/70, pulse 96, respiration 24.
The left thigh showed a healed area over the middle one-third, left lateral side, quite red and inflamed. The scar was about 4 1/2 inches in length, longitudinally of the thigh, with closing sutures still in place. I removed the sutures at that time. The tumor mass, which had been removed, according to the biopsy, proved to be a melanosarcoma, grade 2 malignancy. The patient stated the tumor was about the size of an ordinary medium-sized, hens egg, and its surgical removal took place about two weeks previous to the time I removed the sutures.
The original mass, about 2 centimeters in diameter, was removed two or three years earlier, but re-developed from a very small nodule in 1944. This became progressively larger, as time went on, to the size above stated at the time of surgery again in July of 1945.
At the time of the first surgical work in about 1940, no biopsy was done. I found a mass about the size of an indoor baseball in the area of the transverse colon, and another in the illeocaecal area. There were no other lumps or masses found anywhere in the body. The scar on the left thigh was very sore and sensitive, quite red, with a white and dark-blue, mottled appearance to the surrounding tissues.
The sutures were beginning to cut their way out and left open, depressed, oozing craters. The inflamed area about the repair scar was about four by six inches in size. Vaginal examination brought to light a yellow, profuse, thick, mucoid leucorrhea. The patient said that it was bland at the time that is, not excoriating but she said it had been quite severely so in nature previously, with lots of itching and burning, and irritation of the pelvic external parts, and the skin of the inner aspect of the thighs.
The tonsils were enlarged and infected. There existed considerable thick, stringy, mucoid post nasal drip, and severe sinus infection of apparently ethmoidal source.
The menses, which were of five-day duration, were quite normal in amount and color. She stated there was slight pain or cramping at the menstrual time, and the periods were regular at twenty-one day intervals. Much very severe constipation, the stool being dry, large hard, difficult to pass, and quite painful.
When the biopsy report came through, the surgeon had given, as prognosis, a life-expectancy of not more than six months, of which two week was gone. The patient was very weak, exhausted, and seemed to have so little strength she could scarcely walk. Mentally, she had practically lost hope.
August 13, 1945- The patient appears and acts much better, and says she is better than for a long time. The bowel movement is about the same, very poor. Menstrual function starting.
August 27, 1945- Patient says her energy, strength and vitality are excellent, that the bowel movement is also much better, menses were quite normal, no pain, cramps, clots, or disturbance of any kind. Physically, she was excellent, though she had lost about one pound in weight.
September 10, 1945- Patient says she had intestinal “flu” with diarrhoea, cramps in the lower abdomen and pelvis, nausea, and vomiting. Felt very ill and exhausted, though better the last few days, and for the time being she has had very good action from the bowels.
The scar and surrounding tissue of the left thigh has been progressively better, less sore and sensitive, and much more normal in appearance and consistency. Some dizziness.
September 29, 1945- The last couple of weeks she has been quite weak, faint and nauseated. May have had an intestinal infection again so-called “flu” and much more and severe constipation.
October 1, 1945- Lost 21/4 lbs., but is feeling some better. Still dizzy at times, and very weak. Bowel movement somewhat better, but patient is very nervous.
October 13, 1945- Weak, nervous, jittery, dizzy, and so worried. As the constipation seems so much worse, she is sure the cancer mass is causing or will cause a complete bowel obstruction. Stool is yellow, small lumps, sometimes hard and dry, with some undigested food. She felt good only for a day or so in the last two or three weeks.
October 22, 1945- Dizziness, weakness, exhaustion, etc., somewhat less. But the constipation is very bad really severe and she will go one or two days without any action. Patient continues to be very nervous, and worries a great deal.
November 5, 1945- Her general condition is much better, but she doesnt believe she is going to get well. Dizziness is severe at times. She is so weak in the knees, she can scarcely stand. Constipation is still severe, and much gas. Mucous and yellow particles in the stool. Abdominal masses less than one-quarter their original size.
November 19, 1945- Slow, progressive weight loss. She is still severely constipated most of the time. Large, watery stools one day only. Abdominal soreness not constant moves from place to place. Scar on the left thigh is in excellent condition, soft and pliable, and patient seems less nervous.
December 3, 1945- Still some aching and pain which moves about from place to place. Constipation still severe.
December 17, 1945- Has a severe cold, sore throat, upper chest irritation and bronchitis, some head and nose clogging, rhinitis and bland coryza. Dizziness continues about the same, though is free of it for an hour or so each day. Patient is shaky, weak and trembly. Constipation about the same.
December 31, 1945- Patient is very weak, much cough which is loose and moist, and much aggravation from dizziness. Constipation very severe yet, though she had diarrhoea one day again. Abdominal masses all gone, no evidence at all now. Scar on the left thigh excellent, soft and pliable. Lost 41/4 lbs., weight now 125 1/4.
January 14, 1946- Somewhat less nervous, and bowel movement seems a very little better, but still bad. Hard, dry stools, with little or no urge. Dizziness considerably less, weakness less, and only a little cough in spite of much bronchitis. Feeling and doing much better.
January 28, 1946- Feeling of hot areas in the back, legs, etc., at times. Bowel movement is still bad, and has some dizziness yet, but not continuously. Says she is considerably better. Life- expectancy of six months has passed, and she appears, acts and feels so very much alive.
February 11, 1946- Bowel movement some better, very slowly but progressively. Dizziness seldom and slight. Says she feels much better.
February 25, 1946- Bowel movements better, though not too good. Mucous in stool at times when dizzy, which is seldom and not regular nor severe. Still quite nervous, but is much better. Scar on the left thigh is very good, only a small knot or two in stitch scars, and getting softer progressively.
March 26, 1946- Patient has had a severe cold, constipation is worse as is dizziness and unsteadiness at times. Her general condition is better, and she has gained weight- 133 lbs.now.
April 10, 1946- Has another severe cold, rhinitis, coryza, head clogged, and throat sore with some slight redness.
April 23, 1946- Better, though tired, and some dizziness yet, if overdoing. Still very nervous. Bowel movement much better, only the lower tip of the scar is slightly hard.
May 20, 1946- Weight is up, now 1371/4. Bowel movement still very poor. So very easily excited, and nervous, but says she is in every way better.
July 1, 1946- Some gastric and bowel aching and pain and much gas at menstrual time.
July 29, 1946- Says she feels fine- weight 138 3/4. Less nervous. Scar quite normal and soft, and no masses there, nor in abdomen. None found at all at any spot or location during the complete physical examination at that time. She has been under my care for one year.
September 9, 1946- Constipation and dizziness continues to be very aggravating, as does the nervousness and probably the sub- conscious fear of a return of the cancer.
October 21, 1946- General condition is and has been very good. Dizziness continues, but much less, and only at times when especially nervous. Constipation also is much or little, according to her nervous and mental condition. The scar on the left thigh is soft, pliable and in excellent condition, with no evidence of re-growth. No evidence of mass or growth of a malignant nature, nor otherwise, found at all.
It was my opinion that at this time. I could dismiss the patient as far as the treatment for the cancer was concerned. However, she has continued as a patient for general care ever since, and I have also examined her at more or less frequent intervals, or I should say infrequent intervals, and have found no other evidence of any mass at any place at any time. She does have a few small melanotic moles at various spots on her body. These I am not touching, nor trying to remove.
This particular examination, June 26th, 1950, is the final one before the reading of this paper in July, 1950. It is my expectation and the patients expectation and desire, that she and her husband be present at the reading of this paper about her condition. This patient had no X-ray or radium treatment. She did, however, have surgical treatment to the mass on the left thigh, with the biopsy of course, made from the mass removed. The abdominal masses were never operated; in fact, she has had no operations abdominally of any kind or description. However, the masses disappeared completely from the abdomen.
In summation of this case No. 2, I wish to follow the lines I did in case No. 1.
1. This is an actual resume reading of the case history as above.
2. This patient has made a complete recovery as far as can be determined at the present time.
3. She has had more than four and one-half years added to her life, so far, with all ordinary appearance, so far as can be predicted, of continuing to live an undetermined number of years, being in excellent physical condition at the present time.
4. This was, according to biopsy, a melanosarcoma. Specimen being taken from the mid-section of the outer aspect of the left thigh.
5. Sutures from the surgery were removed by myself, and two masses, each about the size of an indoor baseball, were found in the abdomen, one in the transverse colon, the other in the iliocaecal area. This probably involved, also, the appendix.
6. No X-ray radiation, nor radium radiation therapy was used whatsoever. No narcotics, nor other sedatives. as far as I know, had been used at all in this case.
7. Some cancer patients die-dont expect them all to get well. If they dont live, weigh all the evidence, and correct the faults, if possible, on the next patient.
8. This paper is presented solely in the interest of the science of Homoeopathy, and to show what can be done, knowing full well if you will put forth the same amount of study and thought, with proper application, each one of you can do equally well, if not better.
9. This is far from an isolated case.
10. It is recognized that a patient can not be considered as cured until a period of a minimum of five years has passed from the time of complete recovery, without symptoms or evidence. It will take probably as much as six months, or possibly more, for the five year period to have passed, as July 30th of this year will complete the five-year period since I first met this patient.
11. It is my intention to keep track of this patient for many years, providing the patient and myself both live, which provision we have no way of knowing whether it can be fulfiled, or not.
12. Melanosarcoma is known to be very deadly, and usually very speedily so. Perhaps very few patients ever recover from such a condition. At the present writing, the patient, apparently, is in perfect health.
Remedies employed in this case were as follows:.
Bryonia alba 200x-1M
Hyoscyamus niger 1M-10M
Merc. corrosivus 200X-1M-10M-CM
Plumbum met. 200X-1M-10M-CM
Placebo, at various times and intervals from 2 to 8 weeks at a time.
DR. ROGER A. SCHMIDT [San Francisco, California]: I think this case is very interesting, and brings before us many problems that we must consider very carefully.
In the first place, we have no data so far on what has been done for this patient as far as prescription is concerned, or treatment of any sort. Is it just a mental treatment that he has carried on, or has it been homoeopathic?.
As we tread the ground of cancer and wish to contribute to the demonstration of parallel therapy in that terrible disease, we have to exercise particular caution, more so than in many other types of disease, especially if we want to make any impression, or gain a conviction, on our allopathic brethren.
We could argue in this case that the abdominal masses could have been a number of conditions, not necessarily metastases. They could be that also, of course, and I would like to ask Dr. Jackson if any effort has been made to determine the type of masses that she had in her abdomen.
Also, another argument we could have in this case is that the original lesion was amply excised by the surgeon, and we certainly have a number of cases on record that have been doing very well after excision of the original primary mass.
I would be interested to hear about some other angles in this case, such as the blood picture, which would throw some light on the matter also.
As Dr. Jackson pointed out, there is a very important nervous element which he mentioned, concerning the life expectancy of six months that was given to the patient. I think anyone who is dealing with a case of cancer should exercise every possible precaution to ascertain the nature of the disease, its extension, its progress, before he publishes anything about it, because we are open to terrific criticism.
DR. W. W. SHERWOOD [Santa Monica, California]: There are two points that come to my mind. In the first place, I think the surgeon who said it was a matter of six months was showing very poor judgment. I dont care whether it was that surgeon or we as individuals no one should ever go so far as to tell the patient or his family what time they may anticipate termination of life. It is too much of a gamble.
I think all of us have seen people live much longer than had been expected. Had we mentioned a date we would have been exercising very poor judgment.
Another point in this paper that I think was a great help to Dr. Jackson and I dont think he would have had as good results otherwise is that this patient had had no X-ray nor radium therapy. I believe the use of X-ray or radium in any malignancy prior to operation or postoperatively is absolutely detrimental to the patients recovery. I believe absolutely that the application of either X-ray or radium spreads the condition, and thus the patient is doomed. I have seen that happen over and over again.
In a few instances I have been able to see to it that an operation took place and that neither X-ray nor radium was given. Those patients have had a far better chance of recover and permanent cure.
DR. CHARLES A. DIXON [Akron, Ohio]: I presume Dr. Jackson took a lot of personal history which he has not given us. The problem that I was interested in was why she had a lesion on her left thigh.
It is cause and effect. We know the effect was sarcoma. What caused it? Perhaps Dr. Jackson will explain it in his closing discussion. I think this is a very poor way to present a paper, because he hasnt given us anything to go on.
Another point is that nowadays cancer has been highly publicized. That publicity is doing a hellish job.
DR. W. W. SHERWOOD: I was rather surprised that Dr. Jackson did not given us his therapeutics. He says he will tell us later on. I also was rather surprised that this patient continued her constipation for so long a period of time.
DR. LEO SAXON [Chicago, Illinois]: Before I hear whether Dr. Jackson used any therapy at all, I would like to say that there are 177 cases of cancer on record that have spontaneously recovered without any treatment. They are all authenticated cases.
We should all be very careful in our judgment and in saying whether our treatment produced a cure or whether the patient recovered spontaneously.
DR. F.K. BELLOKOSSY [Denver, Colorado]: Mr. Chairman, melanosarcoma is a very malignant disease. I do not know of any such case that ever recovered spontaneously. Therefore, I am very much interested in hearing the authors therapy. What kind of remedies were used, and what symptoms did he prescribe for?.
Cancer of any kind is the end of the human being. It is necessary to have been sick for many years before a cancer will develop. That is probably the reason why Dr. Jackson could not cure the patients constipation and mental symptoms, because the melanosarcoma had to be cured first, and after that the cure of the constipation could be considered. The same thing would apply to her mental symptoms.
DR. WILBUR K BOND. [Greensfork, Indiana]: I think many times, in the absence of symptoms in these cases, one does have to look at the end result the tumor itself and prescribe for the peculiar formation of the lesion.
I was called to treat a very bad lesion on the back of a farmers hand. It piled up a huge scab that was very rough. The man would give me no history at all. All I had to go on was the pathology.
I took a chance and prescribed for the pathology. First I used Graphites, and then, as the case progressed, the scab piled up so high that it became a horn. Then I prescribed Antimonium crudum in various ascending potencies.
Whether it was a cancer or not, no one could tell, because it was not biopsied. Nevertheless, by prescribing for the lesion the entire scab dropped off and the hand was very nicely cured.
DR. A. DWIGHT SMITH [Glendale, California]: We are told we must keep our mouths shut if we cure a case of cancer by homoeopathic means. I cant see why we should. Dr. Jackson had absolute laboratory proof that the lesion was cancer, and the surgeon also said it was. I believe we ought to make every claim for the cure of cancer that we possibly can, regardless of what others say.
DR. W. E. JACKSON (Closing): Mrs. McP-, will you please step forward? I definitely left the prescribing of this case until now, for a very good purpose. I had a specific reason. I could have written your questions, asking whether the patient had cancer or whether she had recovered from cancer. I could not have done it four or five years ago, but I could now because I have heard those questions so many times since then.
Will you please expose the thigh, Mrs. McP-? Gentlemen, this is the area on the thigh. The scar has shrunken a good deal. My thumb is at the other end of that scar. I know Mrs. McP will not object to your coming up and feeling of that scar if you wish to.
Thank you very much, Mrs. McP.
Now, then, we come to the questions. I will grant the fact that the abdominal masses may or may not have been malignant. Frankly, I dont know whether they were. The abdomen was not opened, therefore no biopsy was done, but it would be logical to assume that they were malignant. From my standpoint it would have been very foolish to have subjected this patient to surgical procedure. That would have pulled her down physically for the sake of doing a biopsy of the abdominal mass, when a biopsy already had been done on the mass in the thigh.
Regarding metastasis, I do not agree with the discusser. I dont think there is such a thing as a metastasis. That is a radical statement, I know. I believe that the cause which produces it in the original site eventually, if nothing is done, will cause it to develop in other sites, not through metastasis but through the original causative factor. I know that statement is not agreed to by everyone, and I know most of you dont agree with it. It is not a question of whether you believe it or not I do believe it.
In regard to the ample excising of the original mass, there are comparatively few times that the patient does not have a return of the trouble, particularly in a melanosarcoma. Some types of carcinoma can be apparently cured, and I underline the word “apparently,” giving the patient years and years of relief and apparent cure by excising the mass and, as they say, “getting all the roots”; but when they do that they may have done something to the physical condition of the patient so that it is raised to the point where the cause disappears and does not return, and not because they had gotten all of it. No matter how much of it one gets, in my opinion, if the cause exists it will reveal itself.