Today, I received a new comment on an article I wrote sometimes ago on Tetrathiomolybdate: https://www.cancertreatmentsresearch.com/?p=249
I find the comment so relevant that I am going to publish it here, to increase its visibility:
My girlfriend started taking TM in late 2001 after her oncologist threatened to cut her off if she didn’t have mastectomies and a hysterectomy. She had several lumpectomies, cervical surgery and one ovary removed at that point, spread out from age 19 to age 30. I connected her with nurse Jan at the University of Michigan that was dispensing TM to the group of 30 + people with advanced cancer, and she benevolently supplied us with contact information of the supplier and the Tennessee pharmacist that made the caps and aided in communication between the staff at U of M, and my girlfriend’s doctor. The cancer was in remission for 3 months at which time we broke up. She maintained low copper levels for 6 more months with no evidence of cancer. However, she lapsed from taking the TM after losing her job. As related to me anecdotally, the cancer returned immediately and she needed to have lymph nodes removed. As an ex-boyfriend of a newly married woman I didn’t feel it was my place to grill her about the particulars. As I understand it, she has maintained treatment with TM ever since, and has had no additional cancer related events. Of note, she was able to become pregnant with her remaining ovary and now has a 10+ year old daughter. It was communicated to me that lapsing from taking the drug results in high spiking of copper levels; higher than before treatment began.
The rumor is it that University of Michigan licensed the drug to a group of doctor investors in California that put together an application to get TM approved for use in humans by the FDA. However, the application was botched and after great expense and time, the application was rejected for unknown, although allegedly frivolous reasons. Subsequently, the doctors fought, pointed fingers and lost interest in investing additional monies in the drug.
It has also been suggested that TM would be too readily available as a knock-off since it is just a metal salt. Ease of purchase without going through the doctor-prescription system would deprive the California doctors of their investment money. In 2000, after reading a WIRED magazine article on TM I found pricing for a 55 gallon drum of powdered industrial TM at around $300.
My personal opinion is that the drug is wildly effective for cancers that present tumors needing to be supplied with blood vessels in order to grow the tumor rapidly. TM’s cost is low, side effects are minimal and it may be used in parallel with other treatments without affecting them.
The downsides are:
-It takes a few weeks time to reduce copper levels to a level that stops the cancer from being able to construct a blood supply network.
-You can’t stop once you start or it’s thought that the cancer will come back with a vengeance.
-You might have to get back to work.
by David S
Thank you David for this valuable piece of information!
I only have one comment to the above, i.e. there is another downside and that is related to the fact that following Tetrathiomolybdate administration, patients can get sulfur burps that smell/taste like rotten eggs. This may be reduced or eliminated using concomitant administration of proton pump inhibitors such as Omeprazole. To me, this side effect is so irrelevant that I would go forward with Tetrathiomolybdate.
If you like to read the article on Tetrathiomolybdate, please click on the following link https://www.cancertreatmentsresearch.com/?p=249
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