I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in the spring of 2018 at the age of 39. The disease is ER/PR+ HER2- and I have the PIK3CA mutation. My oncologist immediately put me on zoladex, followed by letrozole and zometa infusions. This is the extent of my standard of care treatment that I have been on for more than two years.
However, I knew that with metastatic disease more was needed if I wanted to survive, which is something my oncologist and the rest of my medical team could not offer me. I joined an online support group for other metastatic breast cancer patients and that’s where I found out about Jane McLelland’s How to Starve Cancer book. I also joined her Facebook group to learn more. Another member kindly sent me her copy, and then I made a start.
I took notes along the way, and learned about the metabolic approach to treating cancer. I do not have a medical background, so this is not something I had ever considered before, but it made sense to be able to block pathways that feed cancer and to deal with the underlying issues that promote cancer. I learned about how inflammation plays a part, and how lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, supplements and off-label drugs can make a real difference to a cancer patient’s quality of life, and dare I say it! Survival.
I overhauled my lifestyle, bit by bit. I started incorporating regular exercise into my weekly routine, I made changes to my diet, had blood tests to check my vitamin B12, vitamin D, aldosterone, electrolytes and other tests, and I also contacted an integrative doctor who had also treated Jane. He follows the Care Oncology Clinic protocol (which prescribes atorvastatin, metformin, doxycycline and mebendazole) but he added more off-label drugs and supplements to my protocol than they offered, that were tailored to my needs. I would not have gained such help and support without Jane’s book. It helped steer me in the right direction.
I am now more than two years in from my initial devastating metastatic diagnosis and I feel healthier and fitter than I have done for years. I felt hopeless when my oncologist gave me the news that my cancer was not curable and that it would eventually kill me. But I am so glad I did not give in to that feeling. I felt such hope and encouragement after I had read Jane’s book. As Jane had been able to turn her metastatic cancer diagnosis around I was determined to do the same thing. Her book gave me the tools I needed to improve my prognosis. I have had 8 good consecutive CT scans that show I am stable, and the primary tumour has shrunk significantly without surgery. It can no longer be seen on my scans! I am so grateful to Jane for her amazing book.
In the Spring of 2019, during a very stressful day at work, I developed upper epigastric and mid chest discomfort. I went into the local emergency room and was admitted overnight, given several blood tests and heart scans. The results showed that my heart was functioning normal for my age, but my blood sugars were very high, and I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. I was started on a medication called Metformin and counseled to follow a Diabetic diet. This diagnosis came as a surprise to my husband and I, as I have typically lived a very healthy lifestyle.
During the summer of 2019 I noted I was dropping excessive weight and I contributed it to the Metformin, as weight loss is listed as a possible side effect. But by the fall, I was feeling very tired and drained, having discomfort in my upper epigastric area after meals. By the end of September, I developed a strange choking type tickle in my throat, which would make me gag and sometimes vomit. Not feeling well, we canceled a vacation and I went back to the local emergency room. My blood count was very low when I arrived, and I received blood transfusions. Many scans were done, and a suspicious lesion was found in my pancreas. I was then transferred to a specialty hospital in San Francisco, California for further testing.
At the specialty hospital I received an esophageal ultrasound with biopsies taken from my pancreas and liver. During the ultrasound it was discovered that the lesion had eroded through my stomach and caused internal bleeding. The final diagnosis was stage 3 to 4 inoperable pancreatic cancer, and I was discharged home on comfort care, with instructions to get my affairs in order and a prognosis of one year or less.
Once home, we immediately scheduled an appointment for a second opinion with another specialty hospital located in Southern California. We also scheduled to start care with a local oncologist and chemotherapy (Folfurinox). I started chemotherapy at the end of October. We attended the appointment at the hospital in Southern California at the end of October and by this time my biopsy results were back and showed inconclusive for the liver, adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. I was then restaged as Stage 3, borderline inoperable, due to vessel involvement.
While shopping at a local health food store, a lady approached my husband after hearing him discuss my pancreatic cancer with a sales associate. The lady told my husband that he should research “dog de-wormer” to fight cancer. My husband googled “dog de-wormer to fight cancer” and discovered Joe Tippens video about Fenbendazole. We both watched it and then I agreed to start Joe’s protocol at the end of October, after all, what did I have to lose!
In January 2020, while reading Joe Tippens Facebook group titled mycancerstory.rocks, I saw people mentioning Jane McLelland’s book titled How to Starve Cancer. I ordered the book from Amazon and in mid-January my husband began to read the book. He took pages of notes and began researching the pathways that feed pancreatic cancer. He researched medications and supplements mentioned in Jane’s book. He found studies online, at legitimate sites such as PubMed.gov, and we printed these studies and took them to our medical appointments. With the studies, we were able to convince my physicians to prescribe repurposed medications as mentioned in Jane’s book. Jane also writes about high dose Vitamin C infusions, and with this knowledge we were able to locate a physician to administer intravenous Vitamin C. I started weekly infusions of high dose Vitamin C at the end of January.
My CA19-9 and scans continued to show improvement with the cancer shrinking. My husband continued studying Jane’s book and doing research, slightly adjusting my protocol over time.
I am very fortunate to have a supportive family and my husband as a strong advocate. By mid-May, my Pet Scan showed no hypermetabolic activity and biopsies showed only dead necrotic tissue. I was determined to be in remission. Praise God!
Dayspring Cancer Clinic
Wow what a truly great and interesting book by a woman who went against the grain of conventional medicine by using off label drugs and supplements to treat her stage 4 cancer. Seventeen years later she has now written about her epic journey of healing by methods that are ‘out of the box’ of conventional treatments. Jane McLelland tells her amazing story of resilience and perseverance in doing research and discoveries regarding ‘off label’ drug therapies for her cancer.
Dr Ndaba Mezibuko
A narrative that, like the anticancer metabolic cocktail she champions, is destined to positively enhance countless lives.
So powerful and relatable. Her story will inspire hope and wake the medical community up to a powerful new tool.
Miss S Day
I was hesitant to write a review as I don’t know if I can do this book justice.
I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in October 16. I was pretty much told there was a bit of palliative relief available but that I could expect to die within 2 years – if I was lucky. Lucky?! No cancer in my family and never thinking it would happen to me, I had nowhere to turn and on the heels of a damning prognosis I started searching for success stories, anything to help, scouring the internet for people who’ve turned this around. Truly petrified.
I came across Jane and her Facebook page a few months later and threw my out pouring of grief and confusion onto the page and I had so many helpful and genuinely positive responses that I actually finally felt maybe I wasn’t doomed just yet. With the help and guidance of the page I managed to regain some control of my situation. Being able to pick the brains of real people is so helpful. Jane herself often comments and offers advice and is very much ‘hands on’ on the page too which is testament to how much she wants to help people.
I remember seeing her mention that there might be a book… of course we were all then desperate to read it!
It arrived on my kindle shortly after midnight on release day . I had waited up for it and I started it straight away.
Jane gives a true and honest account of what must’ve been a horrific time for her. You get drawn into Jane’s story and you can’t help but admire and be in awe of her tenacity and her absolute belief that she could beat her cancer. It’s personal enough to feel her pain and certainly as a cancer sufferer to feel empathy for the despair of chemo side effects and having no hair etc but also its educational and I’ve already started reading it again with a pen and paper.
The second half of the book is the ‘science’ bit. This I had to read slowly to take it all in. Jane captures that perfect point between scientific and full of explanations but also straightforward and easy to follow.
I’ve already spotted areas in my own situation where I’m not doing things right and now I can understand those areas in a much more accessible way than just randomly googling and hoping to stumble across the answer.
I have drawn up my own ‘spot of bother’ chart, written a list of supplements to explore and started researching to find an integrative Dr to help me with dosing etc for optimal response.
It is not just a book, it’s a cancer bible must have for anyone who isn’t prepared to sit back and die just because a Dr has told them so. Many Drs could do with reading this book..
Next step for Jane – hopefully a clinic!
Well what can I say, this book has felt like a true lifeline for me. I stumbled across Jane’s off label drugs Facebook page last year when it was recommended by another cancer patient on an online support group where I was researching for my fathers cancer.
Not long after, I was then myself diagnosed with cancer and so was very optimistic to hear that she was to publish a book about her protocol to starve cancer. I ordered straight away and got stuck in.
Thank you Jane from the bottom of my heart. This is the first book I have read regarding cancer (and I have got through a few in the last 18months!) that I felt I could really relate to. Although different cancers (I have a rare type of uterine cancer, not cervical) so much of what was written rang true to my situation. The loss of fertility in my thirties due to treatment after longing for a sibling for my young son for so long was a devastating blow and just compounded the heartache and despair of the cancer diagnosis. The ensuing search for ways to complete our family exploring surrogacy etc. and adoption being off the cards for the foreseeable future due to the diagnosis just felt all so familiar.
Similar to Jane, having a parent diagnosed with terminal cancer set me on this research pathway initially and the line in the book stating how her own mothers death may have saved her own life really sent shivers down my spine and tears rolling down my face, I’d felt exactly the same about my own fathers diagnosis and passing. The parallels just felt so numerable even right down to the Riverford Organic deliveries which I’d started having some months before!
Finally something which I could relate to, someone who had walked a similar path to me and who was thriving despite the seeming insurmountable obstacles in her way. Her story is astonishing, her tenacity and strength through her ordeal are inspiring and give you that ‘if she can do it then so can I’ feeling!
On finishing the book I felt empowered and positive and with a feeling that if the worst happened and my cancer were to return I would be ready for it and with the tools and knowledge ready to starve it, kill it and knock it into orbit! Hopefully though with the knowledge I’ve gained it won’t ever get to that point – prevention of recurrence is now key and I’m working on my own metro map to try and help make that happen.
I have a medical degree so I found all the science very interesting and not difficult to follow but I honestly believe that even without any such background, Jane’s explanation is such that you would be able to read and get to grips with the terms, protocol, ideas, metro map etc and start working out how best to proceed for your individual case in conjunction with your healthcare team.
So well written and easy to follow I read the book in just over 24hours as I literally couldn’t put it down and have since gone through it again, much more slowly making more detailed notes.
For me this book is an absolute must read for all those dealing with a cancer diagnosis, either in the UK or worldwide, especially those with a higher stage who have been offered no ‘cure’.
Thank you Jane for the time you have taken to put your protocol and research out there and to stick your head above the proverbial parapet, risking your own sanity and much else I’m sure, in order to spread the word and give some hope to us all.
As a doctor and caregiver to a family member with stage IV cancer, what Jane has put together in this book is urgently needed and a gift to humanity. There is a great deal of research on the anti-cancer effects of select off-label drugs, but for the layperson, and even for the professional, the task of sifting through the research and trying to determine which one of these medications is most efficacious, how to match the cancer type with the medications, and which medications to pair together, is herculean, if not impossible, especially within the short life expectancy given to stage IV. If you can shut off cancer’s metabolism, you can kill it. Jane has provided us with a map of how to shut down cancer metabolism using low toxicity medications and supplements. For those who have stage IV, this book provides hope. Most stage IV cancer diagnoses are given less than a year to live and face high dose chemotherapy and radiation to even extend life by a few months. Why not try this? You have nothing to lose as it can be done along with conventional treatment. There are more and more doctors and patients sharing their success stories with this type of approach. My husband and I are one of those success stories. While we are still in the ring, he is in complete remission and has outlived his diagnosis. Thank you Jane and all others who are working so hard to bring this information to those who need it. We are in your debt.
Jane McLelland’s book is a must read if you have cancer. I am a pharmacist and have stage 4 uterine cancer. There are 2 opposing camps in cancer treatment, the traditional surgery/chemo/radiation approach or the alternative cancer treatment camp. Either you are in one or the other and many people stake their lives on either of them. Jane’s book combines both. Herself a stage IV cervical ca survivor, basically uses repurposed drugs to combat cancer metabolically, whereas conventional does not touch that. Cancer stem cells are what causes cancer to return, sometimes with a vengeance. This is what has happened to me. Being trained in traditional medicine, it has taken me years to overcome the dogma of traditional medicine. When you finally realize that YOU are in charge of your health and that the oncologist does not and cannot determine what your outcome will be IF you decide to take control. There is no one size fits all and both camps seem to fall into that thinking. Every body is different, every cancer is different. It takes a lot of hard work to research and study to understand how cancer takes over in your body. Jane’s book does a lot of that work for you BUT, you still have to do your own digging. I really liked that. I have read and reread it. Being a pharmacist, it makes sense to me, but you have to read it yourself. Don’t let yourself get stuck in either of the opposing camps. There is much good on both sides. Kudos to Jane for telling her story and sharing her hard work. Read this book!!!
If you’ve got cancer, this is THE book to read. I’m about a third way through as I’m writing this. I’ve already learned some critical knowledge that I hadn’t previously realised could be so important. I’ve been obsessed about health & nutrition all my life. Just one of the new insights I’m learning, only from reading this book, is that certain foods and supplements that are healthy and positive for preventing cancer, or preventing or treating cardiovascular problems, diabetes and other chronic health conditions will actually support the development and spread of cancer if you’ve already got it.
There’s so much more in the book than that obviously. Including the huge motivational force that Jane transmits. To take responsibility – to get beyond the fear, anxiety, apathy, resignation, reliance on the standard of care alone, etc. It’s clear you and your team can beat this most threatening foe given the right knowledge and tools and confidence! Jane has provided the map to what is otherwise an unknown territory.
Diagnosed stage 4 colon cancer March 2018. Made 2 liver resection in 2018 and 2019 and colon resection in 2019 , since my diagnosis am battling this beast with both standard medical line treatments and natural and parallel non conventional treatments, I was introduced to Jane’s book via search engines after the progression of my cancer I was desperate to find ways to stop it so I bought Jane’s book and read it carefully and begin applying her map and ideas closing all pathways on cancer as well. I was introduced to her Facebook which is another great source to collect ideas and experiences of all people sharing their success and failure stories. I am 27 months from diagnosis and I am still on my feet traveling on monthly basis and working 14 hours daily 7 days weekly, surely with the help of the non conventional treatments inspired from Janes’ book and Facebook and other sources.
All words cannot describe the efforts and dedication of Jane to spread her experience and wisdom to treat suffering cancer patients .
Thank you Jane for your dedication
Great book with so much information! I wish each patient would be handed this book along with their diagnosis. I didn’t come across it until after my first chemo but better late than never.