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Eleven Tumors And Sent Home To Die

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 Eleven Tumors And Sent Home To Die

Connah Broome developed an aggressive form of childhood cancer in 2006. Eleven tumours spread from his neck to his knees and his case appeared hopeless.

In 2007, doctors told his family there was nothing more they could do. They said they should take him home to enjoy his final months.

But Connah’s family refused to give up hope. His grandparents began treating him with alternative therapies and, remarkably, he survived.

Thus far, ten of the eleven tumours are now shrinking, they have no blood supply and may even be dead.

Moreover the family are planning new scans, of which they hope that the last tumour has retreated.

Connah’s grandparents are convinced that their treatments which have included a strict organic diet and daily saunas are helping their grandson overcome his problems.

Debbie Broom Connah’s grandmother says There are times when we’ve broken down and thought “Why Connah?” and wanted to lash out at someone. But we’ve coped by turning our frustration into positive energy to help him.’

Connah was diagnosed back in 2006 with stage four neuroblastoma at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool.

Indeed, neuroblastoma is a cancer of the nervous system that can spread round the entire body. Doctors found tumours stretching from his neck, through his chest near his heart, in his stomach close to several organs including the kidney and intestine, and down his left leg.

Mrs Broom adds ‘They told us Connah had 11 tumours which were at the most advanced and aggressive stage. It was like a bolt out from the blue.

‘Connah had been suffering sharp pains in his stomach now and again for about a year. But our local surgery could not find anything wrong. We never expected something like this.’

He was put on chemotherapy for seven months, and doctors considered surgery. But they concluded the cancer was too widespread and close to vital organs for it to be successful.

In essence the family were told to take Connah home to enjoy his final time remaining. However they were given the option of an experimental drug called Tapotecan, but the side effects were that both his kidneys and his heart were at risk, with only a 50% chance of survival.

For the Brooms the risks were to many to consider, hence they turned to alternative means.

An organic diet was introduced, Connah’s water would be filtered reducing the harmful toxins to his body. According to his grandmother the results have been amazing, she says, “‘Once we did this, Connah stopped becoming ill,’

Experts have argued that levels of toxins in both food and drink are unlikely to be high enough to actually cause cancer.

Moving on, the family also embraced the concepts of Reiki. Notwithstanding the family had set up a website for the ‘Connah appeal’ and from that a supporting member introduce himself as a reiki healer.

The Japanese healing it has been suggested works on the premise of focusing electromagnetic energy at the frequency needed to destroy cancer cells. However, no trials have shown it can reduce tumours, although in some people it can help reduce stress and pain.

Connah receives weekly treatments from the therapist.

The family have been challenged from many levels including the fact that Connah’s retired grandfather went back to work for an oil company to help his son, a chef, raise money.

They also sold some property to raise funds. The thousands raised have largely been spent on trips to Poland to have scans not available on the NHS.

They also went to a cancer clinic in Mexico which offers a sound and light therapy not available in the UK or even the U.S.

Sono Photo-Dynamic Therapy is a controversial technique, which is rejected by mainstream medical science. It involves Connah swallowing a capsule containing algae.

Conna is then placed under light of a certain wavelength, which apparently ‘activates’ the algae to create a powerful oxidant which can kill the cancer.

After visiting Mexico, they rebuilt the equipment at home and now repeat the technique every night.

Mrs Broom also uses an ultrasound machine she got in Mexico to rub over the affected areas after she was told this would also help.

This is followed by laser therapy, which is meant to act like a low dose of radiotherapy.

From there Connah has a sauna, to ’sweat out’ the toxins. The entire procedure takes two and a half hours.

Mrs Broom said: ‘We’re not under any illusions and we know that all this could change at any time. Each day is like the turn of a card. You don’t know what hand you’re going to be dealt.

‘The Power Above has been watching over Connah and we just pray every day that his good health will continue and he will keep getting better. We can’t pinpoint exactly which part of what we are doing is making Connah so well, so we’ll just keep doing it all.

‘If what we’re doing stops working, then we’ll look for another treatment. We’ll never give up doing everything in the world to help our little boy.’

Explanations with reference to the effectiveness of alternative therapies, experts argue, cancers often go into remission for unexplained reasons – and can come back.

Dr Julie Sharp, of Cancer Research UK, said: ‘Two thirds of children with neuroblastoma can be successfully treated but unfortunately some types of the disease are more difficult to treat.

‘Some parents of children that don’t respond well to treatment decide to seek alternative therapies and often these are still in an experimental stage.

‘It’s important to remember that all proven treatments for neuroblastoma are available in this country and that the standard treatment here is equal to anywhere else in the world.’ Connah’s GP Dr Eamon Jessop said: ‘The thing with this cancer is that it can suddenly flare up again and when it comes back, it can come back rapidly.

‘The family are aware of this and, if it does happen, we will have to look again at whether traditional medical treatments should be considered.’

But he added: ‘When it was decided two years ago that his tumours were inoperable, we would have expected just a short time before he became very ill.

‘But sometimes unexplainable things happen that we have to call a miracle. The excellent care given to Connah by his grandparents can only have helped him. They really are amazing people.’

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