United States of America, October 2021
More than 25 years ago, when working as a marine biologist, I received funding through the US National Cancer Institute to look for marine organisms with potential for drug development against cancer and AIDS. A few drugs were developed through this program and eventually became part of the medically accepted arsenal of chemotherapeutics in use today. Hailed as success, those drugs, however, produced only mild palliative results, at best.
It was during that time, when I first met health care practitioners of a different kind, some of them “brave” enough to combine complementary treatments methods at a university medical center with leading-edge conventional therapies of their time to fight cancer and cancer pain. One individual, Professor Dr. Ben Pfeifer, made an immediate and lasting impression on me. His approach to cancer treatment was based on a deep conviction that measurable tumors were merely a symptom or sign of an underlying systemic cancer disease. Therefore, simply cutting out such tumors, or destroying them with toxic means like chemotherapy and radiation would not usually cure the disease. Professor Pfeifer’s research, knowledge and perseverance enabled him finally to design a more integrated and sensible treatment approach to the cancer problem that included proper nutrition, healthy life-style choices, and tailor-made anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory treatment protocols for his patients already 25 years ago. Success did not fail to materialize… I thought to myself at the time, if I ever end up with cancer, he would be the one I would call. Then, 25 years later, I did.
Having been diagnosed with a rare sarcoma that was known to not respond to radiation or chemotherapy, and with no guarantee that additional surgery, a debilitating radical laryngectomy, would remove all remaining sarcoma tissue, Dr. Pfeifer took over my treatment. In the process he reacquainted me with the progress he and several of his colleagues continue to make in the treatment of cancer. I now have seen firsthand the incredible success Ben and his colleagues have achieved with their integrative treatment approach of prostate-, breast- and other cancers. I also could witness his pioneering clinical work with stem cell therapy, and, of course, my own incredible turn around.
During my treatment, I had the good fortune to meet several of Ben’s colleagues, who were so kind in allowing me access to their experimental cancer treatments. In particular, the use of a custom-made anti-tumor vaccine based on next generation sequencing of my tumor cell DNA, as well as treatment with natural killer (NK) cells, isolated and expanded from my own blood. These experimental immunotherapies, along with Ben’s infusion therapy and oral treatment protocols have put my incurable sarcoma in remission for the past six years, clearly far outside the prognosis expected by me and my physicians here in the US.
What struck me most during this time with Ben and his colleagues in Europe was:
- The ease with which Ben and his colleagues combined leading edge cancer treatments with basic complementary oncology measures for the benefit of their patients.
- The way their combined knowledge, mutual research activities and experience translated into clinical benefit for their cancer patients.
- The near complete lack of funding to further develop and test those already successful complementary treatments within an integrated oncological treatment model.
- The amount of time and effort, enthusiasm and compassion Ben and his colleagues invested into each cancer patient’s treatment, always going the “extra mile” without hesitation, fighting red tape and restrictions in their experimental cancer therapy trials, even risking unjust peer pressure and professional reprimand.
Today, almost six years after my first diagnosis, I am still here, without additional surgery and with my voice completely intact. I can speak, I can free dive and scuba dive, I can smell and taste, even have a good glass of wine occasionally.
I am still on Ben’s treatment protocols to keep my sarcoma under control. PET-CT scans and laboratory tests come back without any sign of the cancer. Of course, I am very glad and feel absolutely blessed that I know Ben and that he is my doctor…
Thank you, Ben and thank you Aeskulap-International as well as Integrative Cancer Care for all your help and support along the way.