The Smiths will never forget the fateful day when Trevor was given the diagnosis of bladder cancer in July of 2012. While living and working abroad in the Middle East, Trevor received his initial workup and diagnosis there. Not content, the Smiths travelled back to the UK for a second opinion.
Sadly, the initial diagnosis was correct: Trevor had bladder cancer stage T2a. In order to combat this cancer, his urologist told them that he would need to have his bladder and prostate removed while a segment of his small intestine was refitted to act as a bladder. In addition to major abdominal surgery, he would need radiation, and chemotherapy.
HIGH-TECH SOLUTION FOR BLADDER CANCER
The System, never one for being low-tech, had an answer. While working at Norris Cancer Center in Los Angeles we routinely did cases like this. One of the staff surgeons was world-famous for his Kock (pronounced Coke) pouch surgeries. A Kock pouch is a continent pouch formed by the terminal ileum after colectomy (removal of a portion of colon). The procedure was detailed and first performed in 1969 by Dr Nils Kock.[ref](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kock_pouch) 12/14/2015[/ref] The world-famous entertainer Bob Hope had his surgery at Norris.
It’s a high-risk procedure which does not provide a cure. Trevor’s case was complicated because the tumor involved his prostate and bladder. So Trevor would be rendered permanently impotent after a radical prostatectomy. Often times there is up to several liters blood loss. That’s huge; the entire body of a 70 kg patient has only 5 liters of blood. Trevor was in the fight of his life.
FIVE YEAR SURVIVAL
From the chart below, we see that a patient’s five-year survival with stage T2a is about sixty-three percent. From Cancer.org:
From the Cancer Treatment Centers of America website:
TNM SYSTEM FOR STAGING BLADDER CANCER
Trevor’s cancer was staged as T2a meaning that the tumor had spread into the muscle layer of the bladder but only half-way. It had not spread outside the bladder.
The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) developed the TNM system to evaluate three primary factors when it comes to treating cancer:
• Tumor (T) describes the size of the original tumor, including whether it has grown through the bladder wall or invaded nearby tissues.
• Node (N) indicates whether the cancer is present in the lymph nodes.
• Metastasis (M) indicates whether the cancer has spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body.
A number (0-4) or the letter X is assigned to each factor. A higher number indicates increasing severity. For instance, a T1 score indicates a smaller tumor than a T2 score. The letter X means the information could not be assessed.
Once the T, N and M scores have been assigned, an overall bladder cancer stage is assigned.
T categories for bladder cancer:
These measurements refer to the primary tumor.
• TX: primary tumor cannot be assessed; information not known
• TO: no evidence of primary tumor
• Ta: noninvasive papillary carcinoma
• Tis:noninvasive flat carcinoma, also called flat carcinoma in situ. This means that the disease is still localized, or contained within the urothelium layer of the bladder wall. Cancer cells have not invaded the deeper layers of bladder wall tissue.
• T1: the tumor has grown from the layer of cells lining the bladder into the connective tissue below. It has not grown into the muscle layer of the bladder.
• T2: tumor has grown into the muscle layer
o T2a: the tumor is in the inner half of the muscle layer
o T2b: the tumor is in the outer half of the muscle layer
• T3: tumor has grown through the muscle layer and into the surrounding fatty tissue
o T3a: this spread into the fatty tissue can only be seen with a microscope
o T3b: this spread into the fatty tissue is large enough to be seen on imaging test or to be seen/felt by the surgeon
• T4: tumor has spread into nearby organs or structures. It may be growing in the stroma (main tissue) of the prostate, the seminal vesicles, uterus, vagina, pelvic wall or abdominal wall
N categories for bladder cancer:
• NX: nearby lymph nodes cannot be assessed; information not known
• N0: the cancer has not spread to any nearby lymph nodes
• N1: the cancer has spread to one lymph node in the true pelvis
• N2: the cancer has spread to two or more lymph nodes in the true pelvis
• N3: the cancer has spread to lymph nodes that lie along the common iliac artery
M categories for bladder cavity and oropharyngeal cancers:
• M0: no distant spread
• M1: the cancer has spread to distant sites outside the bladder region (for example, the lungs, liver or bones)
As you can see from the image above a bladder tumor can invade into the muscle layer and beyond.
THE COLD, HARD FACTS
Trevor’s wife Carole had this to say:
What the Dr’s forgot to tell us was that if he took this operation, the chances of him living longer than 24 to 30 months were very slim and also they refrained from telling us he would be incontinent for up to a year, possibly lot’s (sic) of infections and also become impotent at age 52.[ref](http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/trevor-smiths-story-how-he-beat-bladder-cancer-naturally-with-cannabis-oil.html) 12/15/2015[/ref]
Without the surgery, chemo and radiation, Trevor was given 18-24 months to live. With the entire flummoxed package, Trevor would only gain at best another year of life. Did they follow their surgeon’s suggestions?
We spoke again to the Urologist and told him we needed more time to research alternative treatments and modalities, and we would not take the Chemo or surgery just yet, we were already looking into different therapies, both of us are concerned with the quality of his life after surgery and both of us need time to digest all of this dreadful news, the Oncologist and the Surgeon try to impress on us that we need to think very carefully about the surgery, the Surgeon had already got a date in his diary to proceed with removing his bladder, we felt like we were being railroaded into the surgery far too fast and we needed to slow it down a little so we could have time to digest everything. Something was screaming at me to take some time before making this radical decision.[ref]IBID[/ref]
RUN FROM THE CURE
At about the same time, Carol stumbled upon the movie Run From The Cure. Something in the movie resonated well with them. This famous video explains the magical healing power of a special preparation of cannabis oil called Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). It suggested that with the proper nutrients and cannabis oil, terminal cancers can be beaten.
As Carol puts it, they opted for “natural healing with vitamins, diet, lifestyle change, and cannabis oil.”
Smart move as you will see.
THE HEALING MEADOW
They also decided on a Canadian Indian formula called Essiac. The four main herbs that make up Essiac are Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Inner Bark, Sheep Sorrel and Indian Rhubarb Root. This was started within one week of being diagnosed. Rene Caisse, a cancer nurse who used Essiac (Caisse spelled backwards) with her patients while living in Canada, had this to say to Dr Stock at the famous Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute:
In a 1974 letter to Dr. Chester Stock of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, Rene Caisse stated: who in the world would ever think to find a solution to cancer in a common meadow?[ref](http://www.healthfreedom.info/cancer%20essiac.htm) 12/14/2015[/ref]
RICK SIMPSON OIL 2012, LEADS TO RECOVERY
Finally, after many agonizing months of searching for Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), they finally procured a reliable source and started therapy in April of 2012. They did the customary dosing of one gram per day for 90 days.
…we found cannabis oil and added that to all we had done, he did 90 days on the cannabis oil and then maintenance dose of rice grain size two or 3 times weekly. It has been hard for 18 months but it is a success story which we will continue to tell the world about.
…today I can say 19 months after my husband’s first diagnosis he is cancer free and still has his bladder in tact (sic). He has been cancer free now for the last two cystoscopies, so five months Cancer free in February 2014 he has no metastasis to other organs.
We still have to have regular check ups every three months but to think 19 months ago he was told he had 18 months to live if he did not remove his bladder, prostate and some lymph nodes, When the Dr’s realized we were going to try alternative medicine, they stressed upon us that if he did not do chemo within the next 6 weeks then my husbands death would be slow and very painful.
Perhaps his oncologist should have rephrased it to this: if he DID chemo within the next six weeks he would die a slow and painful death.
Finally, it’s important to mention all of the benefits of RSO. It’s not just for curing cancers as you can see, it’s remarkable in correcting many of the problems we all encounter when we fall off Nature’s path. That’s because many scientists feel that cannabis regenerates cells and tissues.
I am so happy today to say as a side effect of all we did, all natural, his cholesterol went back to normal as did his blood pressure, he looks ten to 15 years younger and feels so much better than he ever did, he never had one day sick or even looking sick in the whole journey with Cancer and out the other end and it is shocking that we are led to believe that there is no cure for Cancer, our story is living proof there is another way and I am now consumed with only getting the word out that Cancer does not need to mean death. We just lost 19 months of our lives to this disease and yet it has turned out to be the most important time of our life too.