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SAN DIEGO — With two decades of cancer research under his belt, Tom Marsilje is no stranger to project deadlines. But he’s never faced one quite like this before.

He’s racing against the clock in an improbable quest to cure his own incurable colon cancer before it takes him away from his wife and their two little girls.

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  • Has he looked at unconventional wisdom of old cultures? Sometimes a simple change of diet can be the cure of many incurable (by modern medicine) diseases! Wisdom of the Chinese says: “Diseases are what coming into the mouth and disasters are what coming out of the mouth”, so the change of one’s diet can be a good help, if not the only cure. In the case of a colon problem (cancer or not), the cause is usually an incorrect diet. The guy who sold his house to me was diagnosed with colon cancer. He survived until today, 20 years later. First read this book: “Yin Yang: The Philosophical Science of the Far East and Its Applications in Nutrition, Health and Medicine”, published by LuLu, to see if he can get himself into the right frame of mind. A colon problem is usually the problem caused by incorrect eating habits for a long time. For a cancer victim, correct foods will help. Try a vegetarian or vegan diet. Don’t eat raw foods, especially seeds and nuts.

  • JUST BEAUTIFUL! This is one of the best articles I’ve read in my life. Thanks for compiling such inspiring and useful information.
    I too have chemo brain. And this is how I reflected on your story here by sharing this link spreading the awareness and bringing more people to cheer for you. al the positive forces of universe your way. Here in my journal I wrote:

    And before I forget. This has to be in my journal because this is one survival story brought to me by kind random acts of universe; I am following and cheering deep from my heart. Little I know; never in the history of medicine a cure/path to cure was found because some one thought it was great business.

    Cure was always driven by one’s passion to help human ( self and/or others). That fire in the person’s heart created the light for the path. Here

    This man Tom Marsilje !
    You inspire us. Thanks for sharing your amazing survival story and tirelessly research in pursuit of a cure.
    All the best to you with the new trial!

  • Tom:

    Just wanted to drop a quick note and say how much of an inspiration you are. I am not a cancer patient but I am trying my hardest to make a difference in the lives of those dealing with cancer. Keep going and know that we all appreciate what you are doing. Enrico – Cancer.Fitness Coach

  • Thank you for sharing your story, Tom. I invite you to come to the National Cancer Institute anytime to speak with or to our scientists and many others working hard to make advances for patients like you. Your insights would no doubt help us. Best, Peter Garrett

  • Tom is absolutely right in two respects. First, all patients need to become their own advocates. Starting off from a social science background, I haven’t found ANYTHING that I can’t learn about in the areas of biologic sciences and medicine to advocate for myself and/or others. And, it’s not been that hard!

    Second, the more we get into learning all those things, the more of an attitude we develop. Some of us are ticked off, some of us are much more positive. But, I’ve found the patients who DO have AN attitude, whether positive or negative, are MUCH more aggressive about pursuing paths that are more likely to provide positive results in whomping up on their cancers (or other chronic diseases).

    Gofer it, Tom!


  • I recommend trying cobimetinib (MEK inhibitor) plus atezolizumab (anti-PD-L1) combination. A couple of clinical trials are currently underway. Preclinical research suggests that MEK inhibitor increases tumor infiltration of T-cells making them more immune therapy (such as PD-L1) friendly. Best wishes!

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