At the age of 6 months we took Kelsey to the doctor for a checkup. Until recently her life had been normal, but we had recently grown concerned because Kelsey had gained several pounds; her hair had turned from light to dark, as well as having grown on her face, back and arms; and she had acne on her face, head, and back. During the examination, the pediatrician found a solid mass in Kelsey’s abdomen. The pediatrician immediately scheduled an ultrasound for the next day. The results of the ultrasound lead to an x-ray, which lead to blood and urine testing, which lead to an overnight stay at the hospital followed by a cat scan and an MRI. We were informed by the oncologist that in addition to the abdominal mass, they had also found several lesions in Kelsey’s lungs and the liver. The oncologist scheduled surgery to remove the abdominal mass. After surgery, pathology tests confirmed that the abdominal mass was adrenocortical carcinoma and the lesions were metastasis from the original tumor. Additionally, the outward side effects (weight gain and additional dark colored hair) were the result of excess hormones being produced by the tumor. The oncologist offered no prognosis, but wanted to treat Kelsey with a drug called Mitotane.
My wife and I, obviously devastated, felt that we needed a second opinion so we took Kelsey to a prominent cancer center in Houston, TX. We met with endocrinologists and oncologists who felt that, given the rarity of Kelsey’s diagnosis, they needed to conduct their own tests as well as review the medical records from the previous hospital. Their conclusion confirmed the first hospital’s diagnosis of stage IV adrenocortical carcinoma. As before, the oncologist recommended the use of Mitotane, but also wanted to treat with Doxorubicin, Cisplatin, and Etopocide. Further, the oncologist indicated that with this treatment Kelsey had, at best, a 20% chance of survival. This type of treatment (with its long list of side effects and poor quality of life), along with the horrible prognosis were not acceptable to us.
During the time we had been consulting with both hospitals, my wife and I had also been researching all of our treatment options in order to make sure we were making the most informed choices for our daughter. This is when we found Dr. Burzynski and the Antineoplaston treatment. We were very intrigued by the success the Anitneoplastons were having with patients with difficult to treat cancers. We made contact with Burzynski Clinic to see if Kelsey could be admitted as a patient to receive Antineoplastons. About the same time we were getting the horrible prognosis from the prominent cancer center, we received confirmation that Kelsey had been admitted to an FDA approved clinical trial at the Burzynski Clinic to receive Antineoplastons. This made the decision not put Kelsey through chemotherapy much easier.
Kelsey underwent treatment on Antineoplastons for nearly 3 years. During that time, her cancer slowed, stopped growing, and then went away. She has never received any other form of cancer treatment. This, along with the fact that her diagnosis was conducted and confirmed by two different hospitals not associated with Dr. Burzynski is proof of the effectiveness of Antineoplastons as a treatment for cancer.
As of spring 2014, Kelsey has been off Antineoplastons for nearly 6 years and has had no recurrence of cancer. She is a healthy, normal, and thriving 3rd grader. If it were not for Dr. Burzynski and the Antineoplastons, Kelsey would not be here today.