New Hope for Pancreatic Cancer: Part A

The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is especially daunting to many due to the statistics that 80-90% of patients are diagnosed too late for potentially curative surgery.  Equally disconcerting is the fact that the  chemotherapeutic drug, gemcitabine, which is used for treating pancreatic cancer, only increases survival by 5.4 months, according to the 2004 Clinical Oncology article entitled “The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies”. 

There is a movement toward earlier detection of pancreatic cancers, among other types of cancers, in the realm of conventional medicine.  With that, one can suppose that if pancreatic cancer were found earlier that, surgery and/or chemotherapeutic treatments would work better than in the more advanced cases.  If one gains an understanding of German New Medicine (GNM), then one will be able to see that that assumption may not actually be true.  But rather than taking hope away from people, the purpose of this article is to educate and provide hope to readers, the hope that the science of GNM affords as it explains the causes of, the biological functions for cancers and other diseases, and how best to treat (or not treat) them.

Let’s look at the two types of pancreatic cancer according to conventional medicine.  We need the basic definitions of exocrine and endocrine glands to begin the discussion.  Exocrine glands produce products in the body that are excreted through ducts.  Endocrine glands secrete their products without the use of ducts, either into the bloodstream directly or by diffusion into its surrounding tissue.  The most commonly diagnosed type of pancreatic cancer is the exocrine type that arises from the cells that line the ducts in the pancreas; these ducts carry the digestive fluids from the pancreatic gland into the intestine.  This is referred to as ductal adenocarcinoma.  90% of pancreatic cancers are exocrine in nature.  The remaining 10% are endocrine in nature.  They are referred to as pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), pancreatic endocrine tumors (PETs), islet cell tumors, islet cell carcinomas, or pancreatic carcinoids.

If we compare the above two types of pancreatic cancer to the pancreatic cancers we see in GNM, we also see there ductal and glandular types.  With the cancer of the pancreatic ducts in GNM, the emotional conflict that is involved is a “territorial anger” conflict, or, anger within the domain or with its members; the domain refers to home, work, school, or hospital.  While the conflict is actively occurring, ulceration of the cells lining the ducts of the pancreas occurs.  Pain may be experienced due to the ulceration.  The biological function of this ulceration is a widening of the ducts that allows more pancreatic juices to be released.  If the “territorial anger” conflict is resolved, then the ulcerated area in the pancreatic ducts is replenished with new cells, a.k.a., cancer, and acute swelling.  This swelling can occlude or block the ducts resulting in pancreatitis and more pain.  During the peak of this healing phase, known as the epi-crisis, the patient can lose consciousness.  Excess water retention in the body due to a co-occurring active abandonment or existence conflict, e.g., feeling lonely if family members aren’t visiting during one’s hospital stay, will exacerbate all symptoms in this healing phase.  It is also possible to see hypoglycemic shock, since the pancreas’ functioning can be impaired during the epi-crisis. 

One of the beauties of GNM is that a person knows what to expect, or at least, which symptoms are possible, either during the “conflict active” or healing phases of any disease cycle.  So, whereas loss of consciousness or hypoglycemic shock are clearly occurrences that need immediate medical attention, GNM takes away some of the “surprise” aspects, so that a patient can focus energies more on coping with the symptoms themselves and less on dealing with the emotional shock associated with what would have been an unexpected event.  EFT, the Emotional Freedom Techniques, can be highly effective here in the healing phase.  Of course, EFT is a fabulous tool for resolving the original territorial anger conflict, if it is not resolved on some other practical level or if it doesn’t otherwise naturally clear up due to the stressor in the environment being removed in some way.  Most people are probably emotionally aware enough to know that they are dealing with an anger issue, but it made not “hit home” fully until they realize symptoms associated with changes in the pancreatic functioning.  By the time the diagnosis comes about, the “territorial anger” conflict may actually have already been resolved.  It is still worth working through the original activating anger, for many reasons, but, while pancreatitis and/or a pancreatic cancer diagnosis is active, clients will obviously present more predominantly with diagnosis shock regarding having a cancer diagnosis, fears and various emotions about what may happen to them due to the cancer, and the desire to lessen the intensity of the pain associated with pancreatitis.  Therefore, interventions using EFT would likely be focused on the latter, more present moment concerns of the client, as opposed to working on the anger issues initially.  That being said, there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to healing and the application of interventions to assist people in their healing processes.  GNM asserts that these cancer cells in the ducts of the pancreas would naturally stop proliferating by the time the ulcerated portions of the ducts are fully repaired.

In Part B of this 2-part article, which will be posted on Lauren’s blog on the LifeCore website, the other type of pancreatic cancer, affecting the gland itself, will be discussed.

*Lauren Sonnenberg, LMHC, D.PSc, MCAP is not a medical doctor (MD) nor is LifeCore a medical treatment facility, and any information presented here on GNM is strictly educational and is not a replacement for medical advice.  





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